Candidate Statement for Elected WFN Trustee

Prof. Mustapha El Alaoui-Faris

Prof Mustapha El Alaoui FarisI am doctor Mustapha El Alaoui-Faris, Professor of Neurology at the University of Mohamed-V, and Director of the Alzheimer's Centre of Rabat. I graduated with an MD from Mohamed-V University and trained on Neurology and Psychiatry in Rabat and on Neuropsychology in France. I am teaching Neurology and Neuropsychology and taking care of patients since 1981. My main interests in Neurology are Dementia, Neuropsychology, Stroke, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-epidemiology. I pioneered the translation of" Neuropsychological Tests in Arabic " and established the first Master's Degree on Clinical Neuropsychology in Morocco.

In 2008, I developed Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's disease at Rabat's University and in 2009, I led a national study on "Stroke Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Genetics in Morocco". I am past President of the Moroccan Society of Neurology and of the Maghreb Federation of Neurology and current President of the Moroccan Foundation Against Neurological Diseases.

I am member founder of the "African Academy of Neurology (AFAN)" for which, I actively participate in the drafting the Bylaws, and also draft the Bylaws of the "Pan Arab Union of the Neurological Societies (PAUNS)". I was member of the WHO board for the "Revision of the International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD 10) of the Nervous System " and the "WHO Zica Committee".

My commitment for the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) started with the organization of the "20th World Congress of Neurology (WCN)" held in Marrakech in November 2011 of which I was the President. The congress was a great success with more than 3500 participants worldwide, several African neurologists were able to participate in the congress thanks to the scholarships of the Moroccan Society of Neurology.

Since 2011, I am the WFN Moroccan delegate and I was involved in different activities of the WFN, among others, I was member of the Educational and Grant Committees. In 2013, I established, the first "WFN Training Center" in Rabat, where several African neurologists have been trained in Clinical Neurophysiology. In 2014, I initiated the WFN ARG on "Neurology in Migrant", whose scientific work will be published by Springer this year. In order to perfect the continuing Education of Moroccan neurologists, I coordinate since 2016, three annual sessions to work on the AAN CONTINUUM books.

In the last years, I was actively involved in the organization of the "24th WCN held in October 2019 in Dubai ", as a Co-Chair of the "Teaching Course Committee" and also by preparing the "Tournament of Minds" materials. I am currently a member of the "WFN Finance Committee".

In Dubai Congress, I was honored to receive the "prestigious WFN Medal for Service to International Neurology".

I will be honored, if I am elected as a WFN trustee, to participate in the development of Neurology worldwide, particularly in low and middle income countries. I will also campaign for the needs in neurological care of "Migrants and Ethnic Minorities" to be recognized as a priority by International Health Authorities.


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