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AFNA, AKUH Team Up for Training, Telemedicine

Trained neurologists are lacking in Afghanistan. Neurological disorders are one of the major disease burdens in this part of the world, and training in this area is scarce. EEG interpretation both in children and adults is a specialized job, and grave errors can occur in patient management when misinterpretations occur.

Applied Research Group in Neurological Infections Launches

Neurological infections continue to ravage populations in developing and developed countries. In many regions, central nervous system (CNS) opportunistic infections due to AIDS and tropical diseases remain a major contributor to morbidity and mortality.

World Brain Day 2015 Focuses on Epilepsy

A World Federation of Neurology (WFN) initiative has transformed into a collaborative movement between the World Health Organization, the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau of Epilepsy. This year, July 22 marked a special day in the history of neurology advocacy.

Cognitive Aging: A Report From the Institute of Medicine

By Dan G. Blazer, MD, MPH, PhD, Kristine Yaffe, MD, and Jason Karlawish, MD There is intense individual and public concern over cognitive decline in aging. What may seem like minor forgetfulness when young can result in intense fear of progressive cognitive decline and loss of independence for older individuals. In the U.S. and throughout [...]

A Willingness to Help

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is a holiday season, and it is a time for reflection on what has happened during the first half of the year. The theme of this column is the willingness of many of our neurological societies to lend a hand to those hard-working colleagues who practice in less prosperous parts [...]

Conclusion Report on the Congress of PAUNS and the Saudi Neurology Society Meeting

The 14th Congress of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Societies (PAUNS) and the 22nd Saudi Neurology Society Meeting was held from Jan. 22-24 at the Hilton Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Urban Air Pollution in Children and Young Adults

Ambient air pollution is a key disease risk factor producing detrimental health effects on millions of people, particularly children and young adults, across the global community.

EAPS 2014 Welcomes Six European Pediatric Societies

The fifth Congress of the European Academic Pediatric Societies (EAPS) 2014, was held Oct. 17-21, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain. The Congress was organized by the three societies, the European Academy of Pediatrics, European Society for Pediatric Research and European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC), including the Nurses Section of ESPNIC.

Candidate Recommendations for WFN Election 2015

The Nominating Committee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), 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, recommended the following candidates to the membership:

Worldwide Variations in Brain Death Declaration

Despite the publication of evidence-based practice parameters for the declaration of brain death by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in 1995 and updated in 2010, there remains much variation worldwide in how the actual determination of brain death is performed. Not only does the practice, but also the perceptions of brain death, vary widely [...]

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

The editorial staffs of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS) and our publisher, Elsevier, have strived to enhance the quality of the journal. I am pleased to inform you that Elsevier soon will introduce the Journal Workflow Modernization Programme.

Report on the UEMS/EBN/EAN Examination in Berlin

The seventh European Board Examination in Neurology was held June 19 in Berlin, one day prior to the 1st Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) ( There were observers from the World Federation of Neurology, including from Prof. Wolfgang Grisold.

Report of the Cairo Department Visit

The department of neurology of Cairo University will be a World Federation of Neurology (WFN) Teaching Center for neurology training beginning in 2015. On March 20, the dean and departmental leadership and faculty welcomed an educational visiting committee of Steven Lewis, chair of the Education Committee; Wolfgang Grisold, co-chair and secretary general; and Riadh Goudier [...]

Armauer Hansen: The Controversy Surrounding his Unethical Human-to-Human Leprosy Transmission Experiment

In 1873, Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen (1841-1912) [below]discovered rod-shaped bodies — Mycobacterium leprae — in leprous nodules. Initially unable to stain these bodies, he only tentatively suggested that they resembled bacteria, which led to a later priority dispute with Albert Neisser (1855-1916) when Neisser was able to stain the organisms and then claimed priority [...]

Longtime INPC Continues in Croatia

The 55th International Neuropsychiatric Congress (INPC) May 27-30 in Pula, Croatia, was held under the auspices of the president of the Republic of Croatia, her excellency Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.

A Continuum Course in Vietnam

Through the aid of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the continuum courses have been carried out for many years in Vietnam. The courses are conducted one to two times a year, with the topics chosen by members of the executive committee of the Ho Chi Minh City [...]

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