AEPCN Report 2015

Report of the Advanced Education Program in Clinical Neurophysiology

The first educational program entitled Advanced Education Program in Clinical Neurophysiology (AEPCN) endorsed by the Asian-Oceania Chapter of International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology was held at the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 22nd and 23rd August 2015.

More than 100 participants, including physicians, researchers and students from different areas of Taiwan, participated in the one and a half day conference even when typhoon GONI was passing through Taiwan. Eight renowned international speakers from Japan, South Korea, Australia, China and Taiwan conducted the topics covering a broad spectrum of physiology and pathophysiology of health and neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, spasticity, peripheral neuropathies, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. The lectures covered not only basic neurophysiological approaches but also current researches with update information, and inspired the audience lots of ideas and busy engagement in the discussion period. The feedback from the participants revealed a high appraise.

Following are examples of the impression and feedback from the audience:

*I was impressed by the Professor Kakigi’s talk: “Facial perception of humans”. He raises many interesting viewpoints and proposed possible model what happened in the brain when people watch different facial expression individually. It is fascinating to know the importance of eye component in facial recognition reduced gradually from childhood to adolescent. It is also interesting to see the baby was more influenced by mother instead of father! I wonder how these neural circuits work in patients who had neurodegenerative disease presenting misidentification syndrome.

* I enjoyed Professor Cindy Lin’s talk a lot because she showed us a detailed overlook about how nerve fibers change from the beginning concomitance with clinical features in diverse peripheral nerve diseases such as patients with CIDP receiving IVIG or the course of acute onset of CIDP, chemotherapy-induced…and so on. It gave me an eye-open and deep view when facing these patients in the future.

* I had listened to Professor Kakigi’s speech talking about pain perception two years ago and how wonderful to have a chance to know the facial perception this time! Professor Kakigi showed us a modest attitude but with enthusiasm on research.

* I am glad to attend this conference, the first educational program organized in Asian. These lectures assist us to think deeply in the clinical application.  I am really looking forward the second event.

Please click here to see the agenda of the meeting.