The Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN) is hosting its 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in Kuching, Sarawak in the month of September 2023. The theme centered around for this year’s chapter will be “Epilepsy,” a condition that is vulnerable to reduce one’s quality of life and precipitate a stigmatized society. This meeting will be co-located with subject matter related to basic science, child neurology, and the routine neurological disorders encountered in our daily practice such as stroke, Parkinson’s, demyelinating disease, and others.
It is estimated that around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with the bulk of them originating from low- and middle- income nations. In Malaysia, the prevalence of lifetime epilepsy was estimated around 7.8 per 1000 population. 70% of these people could be seizure-free with on-time diagnosis and treatment. Although there is a lot of work being done to improve our understanding on neurological disorders, we need continual work to advance progress in this area of specialization. This is important not only to improve care for the people with epilepsy or neurological disorders, but also for researchers who are exploring newer modalities to treat them. This determination is crucial to advance an a priori in clinical neurology and neuroscience through continuous education, training, and research.
I anticipate positive outcomes from this scientific meeting that will be carefully crafted to facilitate live plenary sessions, symposiums, oral presentations, and exhibition booths that aim to showcase the latest technological advancements and innovations to promote a revolutionized epileptic care in Malaysia. We would be meeting in-person for a mind cultivating analytical transfer of knowledge, debates, and the latest updates on evidence-based practices to inform the neurological practitioners. I advocate enlightenment through case-based discussions across a variety of neurological disorders that we have encountered. Abundant of opportunities will be made avail to share knowledge, to exchange ideas, and to initiate collaborations. Let’s meet, communicate, and network to set the stage for a solid avenue in neurosciences! I am confident that MSN Annual Scientific Meeting 2023, nested within the locale of heritage, sophistication, tradition, and culture of the city in Kuching, Sarawak is definitely a not to be missed opportunity.
Dr Law Wan Chung
Malaysian Society of Neurosciences (MSN)