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14th International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases to Feature the World’s Leading Experts

The 14th International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases (ICNMD 2016), under the auspices of the World Federation of Neurology, will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 5–9, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

From The Editors

In this issue, Raad Shakir, MD, the president of the WFN, reports on the work being done to address the Zika virus epidemic, including efforts via the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WFN.

World Brain Day 2016

The global share of older people (age 60 and over) is more than 800 million (12 percent of the population) and is growing, with the expectation that it will reach more than two billion (21 percent of the population) by 2050.

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
When Neurology is Under the Spotlight

Over the last three months, the world has been facing a most serious and devastating epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus infection as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC.

WFN and the German Neurological Society
Department Visit Program

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the German Neurological Society (DGN) are pleased to announce a new partnership to invite two colleagues from Africa to visit the neurology departments of the St. Josef-Hospital in Bochum, Germany and the department of neurology at the Hospital of Ulm University.

Training in Neurology ­– a Future Regular Column in World Neurology

World Neurology is planning a column in each issue devoted to neurological education. This new feature will help promote educational concepts and also will serve as a platform for new educational ideas and structures.

BOOK REVIEW
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, 4th Edition

In the preface of their 4th edition, the authors recall the necessity of a second edition being published only a year after their first in 1987, due to the isolation and cloning of the dystrophin gene and the identification of its protein product.

IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME:
Can we Finally Have a Pan American Neurology?

From October 29th to November 3rd, 2016, Cancun, Mexico will host the 14th Pan American Congress of Neurology. This will be the second time for the Pan American Congress to be held in this Country. Mexico hosted the 4th Pan American Congress in 1975.

WFN and the Canadian Neurological Society Announce a New Department Visit Program

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) Department Visit Program was initially developed in support of the WFN’s Africa Initiative to provide educational opportunities for young neurologists living in Africa.

Editor’s Update and Selected Articles from the Journal of the Neurological Sciences

On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the Zika outbreak in the Americas is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Overcoming Untreated Epilepsy in the Developing World: the Way Forward

The medical world thinks of the developed and developing societies in terms of diagnostic and treatment differences. However, there are realities that are common to both spheres concerning most medical conditions.

John Sutherland and Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland and Australia

Over several centuries, those born in Scotland have often left their homeland because of the perceived lack of opportunity, and then made successful lives in other countries. This behavior was particularly frequent during the so-called Highland clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Observership Report: WFN and Austrian Neurological Society Department Visit Program

I was fortunate to receive funding to join the neurology intensive care unit at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria as an observer for one month in October 2015. There are no specialized neuro-ICUs in South Africa, where I am from.