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A Continuing Journey: The Fight Against Stroke in India

By Rohit Bhatia, MD, DM, DNB The stroke epidemic has arrived in India. While we were busy combating the scourge of infections and deficiency diseases, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including stroke stealthily crept up on us. With a population of 1.2 billion today and growing, India finds itself staring at a stroke epidemic (See “The Stroke [...]

International Neurology Forum in Kazakhstan

By Aida Kondybayeva, MD For years, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) has reached out to Kazakhstan and its neurology community. However, language barriers made it difficult to establish a connection. After a two-year effort by Prof. Daniel Truong and Saltanat Kamenova, with the valuable assistance of Aida Kondybayeva, the International Neurology Forum for Parkinsonism [...]

Neurodevelopmental Disorders in India: From Epidemiology to Public Policy

By Donald Silberberg, MD Epidemiologic studies address many needs, ranging from contributing to the understanding of disease pathogenesis to stimulating the development of public policy that addresses health needs. A successful example of the potential for new information to stimulate public policy is the nationwide study of the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in India, carried [...]

WFN Training Centers

By Wolfgang Grisold and Steven Lewis A worldwide concept for regional training The mission of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide by promoting global neurological education and training. The WFN Education Committee has developed a concept paper to define the standards and requirements for WFN Training [...]

WFN Matters

By Raad Shakir Following the Council of Delegates meeting in Boston, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) trustees decided to invite Prof. Steve Lewis, Chicago, to act as a co-opted trustee. Lewis also chairs the WFN Education Committee. The Education Committee is therefore represented at the trustee level to inform and coordinate all educational activities. [...]

GYTN: Training Young Neurologists in Argentina

A new working group seeks to share learning with young neurologists By Matías J. Alet, MD; Lisei Dario, MD; and Martin Bertuzzi Fiorella, MD The Group of Young Training Neurologists (GYTN) is a working group under the representation of the Neurological Society of Argentina (SNA). The group was funded in 2011 with the aim of [...]

Building partnerships for global health: NIH’s Fogarty International Center

By Donna Bergen, MD The Fogarty International Center (FIC), as part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports global health research and research capacity building through its own programs and through partnerships with the rest of NIH and outside organizations. To meet its goal of improving global health through research, FIC strives to [...]

Improving the WFN Website

By Walter Struhal, Surat Tanprawate and Chiu Man The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) is an active worldwide organization that promotes and advocates for neurology on all continents. We have started to re-engineer the website to shed light on this broad spectrum of activities. The design of the website in recent years has been analogous [...]

Editor’s Update and Selected Articles From JNS

By John D. England, MD The Journal of the Neurological Sciences (JNS) is a broad-based journal that publishes articles from a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from basic neuroscience to clinical cases.  JNS strives to publish papers with novel, unique and original observations. Along these lines, members of our Editorial Board are encouraged to identify and [...]

The Controversial Story of Aspirin

Edward Stone and aspirin By JMS Pearce, MD, FRCP For almost a century, aspirin, one of the most important drugs of the 20th century, was the mainstay of symptomatic analgesia, used universally in the treatment of headaches, arthritis, painful neurological and other maladies. Its introduction is usually credited to Felix Hoffmann’s (1868-1946) synthesis of salicylic [...]

MS: The First MENACTRIMS Congress

By Bassem I. Yamout, MD, FAAN The First Congress of The Middle East North Africa Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (MENACTRIMS) was held Oct. 17-18 in Dubai. MENACTRIMS is an independent organization that facilitates communication and creates synergies among clinicians and scientists to promote and enhance research and improve clinical outcomes in [...]

NSRG Teaching Courses in Latin America

By Prof. Dr. Med. Manfred Kaps The Latin American Chapter of the NSRG organized teaching courses in Lima, Peru, and Mendoza, Argentina, in October. According to the NSRG teaching concept to offer a high level of theoretical knowledge and sufficient practical skills, both two-day courses included lectures and at least 50 percent practical training in [...]

Fifth Congress of the European Academy of Pediatric Societies

By Nino Gogatishvili With the support of World Federation of Neurology I attended the Fifth Congress of the European  Academy of Pediatric  Societies Oct. 17-21 in Barcelona. The organizing societies were the European Academy of Pediatrics (EAP), The European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) and The European Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR). [...]

Report of the Membership Committee

By Jacques L. De Reuck The Membership Committee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) will make a special effort during the coming years to attract neurologists of different countries who have difficulties to become part of the WFN, in particular from Africa. For those countries that do not yet have a national neurological society, [...]