Message from the President of APSO
11th Dec 2019
As the new President of the Asia Pacific Stroke Organization (2019-2021), I am deeply humbled and honoured to be entrusted with this responsibility. I am pleased to write this inaugural message and grateful to my predecessor, Prof Man Mohan Mehndiratta and members of the previous executive committee for their valuable contributions and achievements from the 2017-19 term.
The Asia Pacific Stroke Organization is a relatively young society, established in 2009. It has numerous achievements but faced significant challenges in its journey to date. Asia Pacific Stroke organization’s main and continuing mission will be to unite the region in its fight against stroke through training, education, outreach and advocacy.
As President for the next 2 years, I will have several important tasks to accomplish. It will involve balancing the foundations that my predecessors have built while consolidating, improving and working with current stroke societies, industry stakeholders and academia. The APSO is uniquely placed with its annual conferences, outreach and educational programs that bring together the best minds and expertise from around the world while these courses are conducted in-person across the region. Even in the era of fast internet access, we should be cognizant of the value of live educational programs as more importantly because of its role in building links and connections, the cornerstone of collaboration. Overall, there is a great deal to be done to improve communications, visibility and influence of our organization across the diversity of the Asia Pacific.
Given the large and escalating burden of stroke across the Asia Pacific, there is an urgent role for accelerating the pace and direction of our work. This can be done through several key action plans which include collaboration with individual member countries and integration with the worldwide action plans of global organizations. There will also be a necessity to be inclusive by working closely with our member societies especially those from lower and middle income countries where a large proportion of stroke burden is located.
It will be a busy time in the coming 2 years but I am joined by my colleagues in the new Executive Committee; Byung Woo Yoon(President-Elect), Ruey Tay Lin(Secretary-General), NV Ramani(Chair of CME), Nijasri Suwanwela(Treasurer) and Manmohan Mehndiratta(Past President) in continuing the work to fulfil the objectives of the APSO.
We also look forward to welcoming all of you to the state-of-the-art scientific program of the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2020 in the beautiful, culturally historic but modern city of Seoul, South Korea on Sept 9 - 11 2020.
Season’s greetings and Happy New Year.
Kay Sin Tan, FRCP(Edin), FAMM, FASc