BNSRC to hold international neurology conference

James Kon

The Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) will hold its inaugural international conference entitled ‘BNSRC Frontiers 2019 – New Horizons’ at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) from today until November 3.

The conference will bring together international speakers in the fields of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Interventional Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom as well as Brunei Darussalam.

BNSRC Frontiers 2019 is an opportunity to build networks with other academics and experts and to share thoughts on recent advances and technological breakthroughs.

The conference also brings together people from all over the region who share a common discipline from different parts of the world to convene in Brunei Darussalam thus highlighting both PJSC’s and the country’s readiness to host regional and international conferences and events.

Out of 11 specialists at BNSRC, five are Bruneian consultants who have undergone internationally accredited higher specialty training in their fields either in the United Kingdom (Pengiran Dr Hajah Siti Nur’Ashikin binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Tengah), Singapore (Dayangku Dr Hajah Siti Norazieda binti Pengiran Haji Md Yassin, Dr Hajah Anas Naomi binti Dato Paduka Haji Harun, and Dr Ady Thien) and

Australia (Dr Abang Muhd Fahmy bin Abang Haji Hepnie) providing a Bruneian-led service underpinned by international standards and qualifications.

Neurosurgeon Dr Ady Thien will give his talk via Skype from the United States as he is undergoing his advanced Neurosurgery training.

The BNSRC Masterclass targetted at primary care and hospital doctors, nurses and allied health specialists, will cover topics such as back pain, dementia and headaches.

Rehabilitation Workshop, Transcranial Doppler Workshop and Botulinum Toxin Injection Workshop will also be held.

There will also be a presentation on improving recognition and rapid treatment of stroke via emergency departments in Brunei Darussalam by Dr Afifah binti Othman.

Dr Jessie Colacion will highlight the worrying trend for younger patients having stroke in Brunei Darussalam and outlines some of the causes. Dr Lee Chooi Lynn will present her work on people who return back to work after a stroke in Brunei Darussalam while Jonly Sabaricos will present findings on why patient skip hospital appointments at the BNSRC.

International speakers who will join the Conference include Geriatrics: Dr Tan Kit Mun (Malaysia), Radiology: Prof Iris Grunewald (United Kingdom), Prof Santhosh Joseph (India), Dr Pankaj Mehte (India), Neurosurgery: Dr Kirollos Ramez Wadie (Singapore), Dr Nicolas Kon Kam King (Singapore), Rehabilitation: Professor Fareez Khan (Australia), Professor Mary Galea (Australia), Dr Edwin Luk (Australia), Dr Krystal Song (Australia) and Neurology: Prof Nortina Shahrizaila (Malaysia), and Dr Daniel Gendron (Canada).

Local speakers include Neurology: Pengiran Dr Hajah Siti Nur’Ashikin, Dr Mathew Alexander, Dr Jessie Colacion, Dr Chan Guan Choon, Dr Yong Chee Shin, Neurosurgery: Dr John Mathew, Dr Vineesh Varghese, Dr Dawn Anthony, Dr Sunil Upadhyaya, Dr Ady Thien, Radiology: Dr Sunithi Mani, Cardiology: Dr Sofian Dato Paduka Haji Johar and Rehabilitation Medicine: Dr Abang Muhd Fahmy and Dr Lee Chooi Lynn.