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The Diamond and the Rose

By Richard Peatfield During the last 40 years, the world of headache has been blessed with two remarkable men: Dr. Seymour Diamond and Dr. Frank Clifford Rose. They have both recently published autobiographies. Rose’s autobiography is, of course, posthumous following his death in 2012, while Seymour, just the elder, is still enjoying his retirement at [...]

Neurodevelopmental Disorders in India: From Epidemiology to Public Policy

By Donald Silberberg, MD Two remarkable meetings took place in March in Durban, South Africa. On March 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (U.S.) convened a workshop on implementation science, that is, how to use research findings, whether epidemiologic, basic science, clinical or economic studies, to influence public policy. In a previous editorial, I [...]

WFN at AAN Congress 2015

By Raad Shakir The AAN is the largest single neurological association in the World Federation. The relationship goes back to the inception of the WFN. The WFN would not have existed without the generous assistance of 6,000 from the National Institutes of Health. This was only possible through the efforts of Dr. Pearce Bailey Jr., [...]

WFN Election 2015: Nominating Committee Recommendations

The Nominating Committee of the World Federation of Neurology, having invited nominations for one treasurer and one elected trustee post, both to be filled with effect from the 2015 Annual General Meeting (Council of Delegates) on Nov. 1, recommends the following candidates to the membership: Recommended candidates: Treasurer: Prof. Richard Stark (Australia) Prof. Andreas Steck [...]

Meeting of Headache and Pain Management

The first Turkish-African Meeting of Headache and Pain Management was held May 2-6 in Istanbul, Turkey. It was convened by the Turkish Headache Society and organized by Prof. Hayrunnisa Bolay from Gazi University, Ankara.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A New Name & Diagnostic Criteria

In March 2015, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association to redefine the illness known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Over the years, clinicians and researchers have developed different diagnostic criteria for ME and CFS; however, the two terms describe conditions with similar [...]

Cognitive Impairment and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, Second Edition

The medical book publishing industry is challenged nowadays to turn out products quickly and efficiently, lest the rapid dissemination of today’s scientific advances through the Internet render the content of a book out of date on arrival. The second edition of Murat Emre’s “Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease” has avoided this fate, in [...]

WHO Global Dementia Strategy: Implications for Neurologists

In 2006, “Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges” was published by the World Health Organization (WHO), with WFN participation1. It is clearly stated, “there is ample evidence that pinpoints neurological disorders as one of the greatest threats to public health.”

Neurosonology in Egypt

By Prof. Foad Abd-Allah The Cairo University Neurosonology Unit (CUNU) is a distinguishable, highly specialized center for sonographic assessment of the nervous system. The unit was founded in 2006, and, since then, it has become a hub for large volume sonology service provision, education and research activities. Team members in the unit are highly trained [...]

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

By John D. England On April 21, 2015, the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS) met in Washington, DC. I’m pleased to report that by all measures JNS has shown steady and healthy growth. The number of manuscripts that are submitted to the journal has continued to increase over the past [...]

Epilepsy: Theme for World Brain Day 2015

By Mohammad Wasay and Wolfgang Grisold Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases in world with an estimated more than 50 million people affected around world. It affects people of all ages. Almost 50 percent have a cause for these epileptic seizures, including stroke, brain trauma, infections, tumors or brain damage during or [...]

International Coursework

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA IN MENTAL HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LAW The International Diploma on Mental Health, Human Rights and Law is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2015-16. The diploma, now in its eighth year, is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the ILS Law College in Pune, India. The course builds the [...]

World Federation of Neurology Teaching Centers

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) has established Teaching Centers for training young neurologists in Africa. The first Teaching Center opened at the Department of Neurology of Mohamed V. Souissi University in Rabat in 2014, and now also the Department of Neurology of Cairo University will participate. The WFN will offer a three-year training course [...]

The Hansen-Neisser Controversy Concerning the Discovery of Mycobacterium Leprae

By Douglas J. Lanska In the late 1860s, on the basis of his clinical and anatomical studies, Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen (1841-1912) concluded preliminarily that leprosy was a distinct disease with a specific cause, and not simply a degenerative condition with multiple potential etiologies. (See Figures 1 and 2.) His subsequent epidemiological studies in [...]