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Council of Delegates 2014

The WFN holds an annual general meeting. As a U.K. registered charity, it is legally required to be accountable to its membership and report its activities and finances on an annual basis.

54th International Neuropsychiatric Congress

The 54th International Neuropsychiatric Pula Congress (INPC) was held in Pula June 18-21, 2014, under the auspices of the Croatian President of Republic Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipovi.

Putting the Brain on the World Map

The idea of World Brain Day received a lot of appreciation and enthusiasm since its approval by World Federation of Neurology (WFN). Time was short, and the task was huge but the Public Awareness Committee (PAC) and Grisold Wolfgang, secretary-general, WFN, worked over a three-month period to make it a success.

Rabat Center

Following the accreditation of the Center of Rabat as a training center of African neurologists, the Department of Neurology at the Mohamed V University hosted Dr. Mohamed Albakay from Mali Sept. 9, 2014, as the first African intern. Albakay received a grant  from the World Federation of Neurology  of 12,000 Euros to cover the stay [...]

World Brain Day 2014

During the summer of 2014, an important date was introduced into the neurological calendar with the creation of the first World Brain Day (WBD) on July 22 – the anniversary of the founding in 1957 of the WFN. This was celebrated across the world. Many neurological associations publicized the marvels of the brain and promoted [...]

World Brain Day Celebration in India

On July 22, 2014, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) launched the first World Brain Day – Our Brain, Our Future. It was dedicated to bring more attention to the importance of human brain in health and disease and highlight the need to prevent the neurological and psychiatric illnesses prevalent in the society.

World Brain Day in Croatia

In celebration of the first World Brain Day, the Croatian Stroke Society in cooperation with Zagreb’s Institute for the Culture of Health, Associations of People’s Health Andrija Štampar, Society for Neuropsychiatry and the Student Council of the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, organized a public health action in Zagreb, Croatia, on July 27, 2014.

World Brain Day Celebrated at Janakpuri Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi

The brain: the body’s most complex organ harbors about 80 million neurons and controls every thought and action1. It can be affected by various diseases and disorders affecting about one billion people worldwide and causing around 6.8 million deaths annually.

HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 75 million people worldwide have been infected by the HIV virus. About 36 million people are estimated to have died as a result of being infected.

Re-emergence of Measles in the United States: A Warning to Neurologists

In particular, neurologists should be aware of the early and late neurological manifestations of the infection. Although neurological symptoms and signs have not been reported among the 592 cases in the United States reported this year, neurologists should be aware of the potential early and late central nervous system (CNS) complications of the infection.

WFN Education Committee Update

The Education Committee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) continues its mission to foster neurologic education worldwide via a number of ongoing projects and new initiatives. In January 2014, Dr. Steven Lewis (U.S.) became the new Chair of the Education Committee, following the extremely productive and successful tenure of Co-Chairs Dr. Stephen Sergay and [...]

“The History of the World Federation of Neurology: The First 50 Years” by Johan A Aarli

This book reviews the history of the first 50 years of the WFN which was officially founded in 1957. One question immediately comes to mind: Why 1957?

Neurology in Sub-Saharan Africa

At the end of 2014, 15 new young neurologists will contribute to increase the number of rare specialists in Sub-Sahara-African countries. These new cohorts have been trained in Dakar, Abidjan and Addis-Ababa. They originate from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo.

Healthy Lifestyle and Prevention of Stroke

This year in Dubrovnik, under the auspices of the Department of Medical Sciences – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, our traditional 25th Summer Stroke School was held from June 9-13. The event was organized by Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatian Stroke Society, Zagreb Institute for the Culture of Health, School of Medicine University of [...]

Breakthrough in Autism Prevention

Encouraging news for the prevention of autism emerged from the results of a research study conducted by an international collaborative team conformed by Prof. Gustavo C. Román, MD, from the Methodist Neurological Institute (Houston, Texas) and researchers from the Generation R Study at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, including Akhgar Ghassabian, MD, [...]

Editor’s Update and Selected Articles From JNS

The Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS) is a broad-based journal which publishes articles from a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from basic neuroscience to clinical cases. In an upcoming issue of JNS, we will be acknowledging our peer reviewers.

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

The idea to use cannabis plants to treat seizures is not new. From ancient China, through Babylonia and Palestine, Egypt and India, cannabis plants were used to treat many different maladies — among them seizures.

International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS)

The 18th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders was hosted this year in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden on June 8-12, 2014. As the city known for hosting the Nobel Prize winners, Stockholm was the perfect location for delegates to learn about the latest research, and perspectives in the field of Movement [...]

Turkey Brain Year Activities — Neurology for Public

The Turkish Brain Action Group was founded from suggestions of the European Brain Council in August 2013. Group members quickly organized a “Brain Year” in Turkey in 2014. The Turkish Brain Action Group consists of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and other disciplines related to neuroscience and patient organizations.

Kinnier Wilson and Anglo-French Neurology in the Early 20th Century

Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson (SAKW) (1878-1937) is distinguished throughout the neurological world for 1) the disease that bears his name, 2) his scholarly two-volume textbook which was published posthumously in 1940, and 3) his founding in 1920 of the Journal of Neurology and Psychopathology, now known as the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

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