Welcome Speech

Dear Young Geriatricians from Asian Countries

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 9th Asian MCA/1st Southeast Asian MCA, it is our great honor to invite young geriatricians from Asian countries to participate the class. The purpose of this "training for the trainer course" is to cultivate the finest young geriatricians in Asia with research potential and to form networking. It had been held for 8 classes, mainly in East Asia. Professor Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel, the editor of the latest version of Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine, Professor Liang-Kung Chen (Taiwan) and Professor Hidenori Arai (Japan), are the main tutors of this class since then.

The class will be held from May 27 to 29, 2018, at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Univeristy. The 9th MCA would be slightly different from the previous classes since it will pay more attention to recruit more delegates from Southeast Asian countries. It is well known that the proportion of older people are rapidly increasing in this part of the world. So, this year activity would be, also, the 1st Southeast Asian MCA. Apart from that, this MCA is formally acknowledged by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

The main theme of the 9th MCA/1st Southeast Asia MCA in Bangkok would be “Dementia Care for Older People”.

Apart from class teaching, case discussion and research appraisal are also the main activities of the class. So, each delegate should also propose his/her research draft for appraisal by the tutors.

As traditionally being supported, all delegates will be provided free 2-night accommodation, transportation between hotel and the class venue, all meals during the course (two welcome dinners) and class document. There is no need to pay for any registration fee. However, all delegates have to manage their own travel from their homelands to the hotel provided by us.

The tutors are : Prof. Jean-Pierre Michel (Switzerland), Prof. Liang-Kung Chen (Taiwan), Prof. Masahiro Akishita (Japan), Prof. Chang Won Won (Korea), Professor Prasert Assantachai (Thailand), Professor Philip Poi (Malaysia), Professor Reshma Merchant (Singapore), etc.

Should there be any question, please don't hesitate to contact us (irsiriraj@gmail.com). I am looking forward to building up a closed collaboration among our Asian geriatricians.

Prof. Prasit Watanapa MD PhD. FRCS, FACS

Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.


Twenty-eight years after the creation of the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA), and seven years after the organization of the first Asian Master Class on Ageing (MCA) in Taipei, under the leadership of Professors Liang-Kung CHEN (Taiwan) and Hidenori Arai (Japan), the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics has taken a landmark decision to create a “Federation of Education in Geriatrics” (IAGG-FEG).

This initiative is the result of many years of lobbying and hard work on the part of previous IAGG-World presidents Professors Bruno Vellas (France) and Heung Ban Cha (Korea). During the last IAGG-World congress in San Francisco, the current IAGG President, Professor John Rowe (USA), with the unanimous support of his executive board, decided to attribute funding to the existing “Train the Trainers” courses in geriatrics, and to extend these courses to regions in need.

The experience and success of the Asian Academy for Medicine of Aging (AAMA) are precious attributes in intensifying its activity in continental China, and in extending this innovative work across South East Asia, including India. This essential help and collaboration between strong Asian partners will serve as a model for the IAGG-Federation of Education in Geriatrics.

It is a great honour for me to be invited by Professors Prasert Assantachai, Hidenori Arai and Liang-Kung Chen to contribute to the inaugural South East Asian Master Class on Ageing. This event will be the starting point for a range of new initiatives in South East Asia and India to prepare the most promising participants to become indispensable future leaders in geriatrics in these heavily populated and ageing regions.

I therefore wish every success to this 9th IAGG Asian and 1st South East Asian Master Class on Ageing. This 3 day-event will strengthen essential education initiatives in geriatric medicine in the Asian City of Angels.

Professor Jean-Pierre Michel (CH)

Director of the IAGG Federation of Education in Geriatrics

On behalf of the Asia/Oceania International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), we feel much honored that we are allowed to host the 9th Asian MCA / 1st Southeast Asian MCA in conjunction with Faculty of Medicine

Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. The other co-host is Institute of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.

The main tutors are Professor Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel, Professor Liang-Kung Chen and many renown geriatricians in Asia. The main theme of the class is “Dementia Care for Older People”. The nationalities of participants are China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, The Philippines and India.

We fully hope that this international academic activity would strengthen young geriatricians in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, as well as the future network due to be initiated by these participants.


Chair-person, Asia/Oceania IAGG

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.


Dear Participants and organizer of the 9th Master Class on Ageing in Asia

Master Class on Ageing (MCA) in Asia started in 2011, and has been held for 8 courses in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China, and Korea. The 9th MCA held in Thailand is very unique one because it is the first MCA held in Southeastern Asia and is also the first one held by the Southeastern Academy of Medicine in Aging. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics re-organized the educational programs of Geriatrics around the world into several individual regional academies, which is easier to promote Geriatrics education based on regional interests.

As the founding member of MCA in Asia, I am more than happy to witness the growing development of Geriatrics in Asia. Asia is a very populated continent with rapid aging speed and a wide diversity of cultural context, which poses unique challenges to the societies. Currently, the 8 previous MCAs had successfully trained more than 200 young geriatricians from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore and Mongolia. Based on the success of these activities, more research and educational international collaboration was promoted in Asia that supported career development of geriatricians in Asia.

I would like to express my appreciation to Prof Jean-Pierre Michel who actively supported all MCAs in the past years and the support from Prof John Rowe, the President of International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In particular, the continuing efforts of Prof Prasert Assantachai who made the 9th MCA possible in the wonderful city, Bangkok. I believe the 9th MCA in Asia, as well as the 1st MCA in Southeastern Asia, will be a successful one and set up a model for all southeastern Asian countries for MCAs afterwards.

Liang-Kung Chen, MD, PhD

President, Asian Association for Frailty and Sarcopenia

Professor and Director, Aging and Health Research Center, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

Director, Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Welcome to the 9th Master Class on Ageing (MCA) in Asia and the first Southeast Master Class on Ageing in Bangkok. On behalf of the organizers, I would like to congratulate your participation. It is my great honor and pleasure to have you here in Bangkok. MCA is a well-known international educational program for young geriatricians and has been held in Taipei (twice), Hong Kong, Beijing, Kyoto, Seoul, Hangzhou, and Kaohsiung since 2011. This is the first MCA in Southeast Asia. MCA in Asia is the train the trainer course to foster young geriatricians with higher clinical and research skills and to establish the network among Asian geriatricians through this course. The topic of 9th MCA is dementia care, so I hope you learn a lot about how to diagnose, treat and care people with dementia along with discussion on many topics on geriatrics and enjoy staying here in Bangkok with warm hospitality provided by the local organizing committee.

Hidenori Arai, MD, PhD

Director of National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology