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WFN – German Neurological Society (DGN): Department Visit Program in Germany 2022

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the German Neurological Society (DGN) are pleased to announce our renewed partnership to invite two colleagues from Africa to visit the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Leipzig and the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Luebeck.

The German Neurological Society (DGN) was initially founded as the “Gesellschaft Deutscher Nervenärzte” in 1907 by Wilhelm Erb. In 1935, the society was dissolved by the Nazi government. The re-establishment of the society took place in 1950 by Heinrich Pette. The DGN is part of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF). The current Chairman is Prof. Christian Gerloff from Hamburg. In recent years the DGN has become a fast-growing society which represents more than 11,000 members.

The WFN was formed in Brussels in 1957 as an association of national neurological societies. Today the WFN represents 123 professional societies in 123 countries in all regions of the world. The mission of the WFN is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide, a goal we seek to achieve by promoting global neurological education and training, with the emphasis placed firmly on under-resourced parts of the world.

Project description

The German Neurological Society supports the African initiative of the WFN by inviting two African colleagues to visit the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Leipzig and the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Luebeck for a duration of four weeks.

More information about the host institutions:

Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in October/November/December 2022

Director of Department of Neurology: Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Münte

Main characteristics (year 2018):

  • Number of inpatients: approx. 3.500/year
  • Number of outpatients: approx. 5.000/year
  • Number of beds: 85 · Specialised outpatient clinics: neurovascular, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, neurooncology
  • Staff: 4 professors/8 consultants/40-50 residents and junior researchers
  • Clinical and research foci: vascular neurology, neurooncology, epileptology, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, cognitive neurology
  • Services and facilities include neurointensive care unit (20 beds, together with neurosurgery), intermediate care ward (16 beds, together with neurosurgery), comprehensive stroke unit (20 beds), neurooncology ward (10 beds), epileptology/video-EEG ward (8 beds), brain imaging center, weekly interdisciplinary conferences, e.g. tumor board, neurovascular board, epilepsy board.

 

Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Leipzig

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in October/November/December 2022

Director of Department of Neurology: Prof. Dr. Joseph Claßen

The Department of Neurology has a clinical focus on Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and other white matter diseases, diseases of the peripheral nervous system and muscle diseases. Key research areas are systems neuroscience of motor and cognitive functions, neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular and white matter diseases. Research activities involve neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques but also experimental stroke models, clinical trials, and big data analyses to better understand the pathophysiology of disease, monitor and predict the disease course and develop new treatment strategies. The department is involved in national and international research activities. There exists a close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences as well as with the International Max Planck Research School on Cognitive Neuroimaging.

Timeframe

The visit can take place for 4 weeks in October/November/December 2022.

Details about support

The German Neurological Society (DGN) will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses Africa – Germany – Africa
  • Accommodation for four weeks
  • Living expenses (food and beverage) during the four weeks
  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Germany

 

Attention: please note that support is provided for the visiting fellow only and does not include family or dependents

Criteria for applications

  • The applicant must be a resident of a low or lower-middle income country in the African continent
  • The applicant must be born after 31 December 1981
  • The applicant must be a qualified neurologist or a current neurology resident in an advanced stage of training.

Evaluation Committee

WFN

  • Dr Steven Lewis, WFN Chair of the Education Committee
  • Prof. Riadh Gouider, WFN Co-opted Trustee

 

DGN

  • Prof. Dr. Joseph Claßen, Leipzig, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Münte, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

 

AFAN

  • Dr Augustina Charway-Felli, AFAN President
  • Dr Osheik Seidi, AFAN

Deadline for application

Friday 15th July 2022

 

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For any questions regarding the application, please contact Mrs Jade Levy (Executive Assistant Education Project Coordinator) by email at jade@wfneurology.org


Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 Global pandemic the training programme may have to be cancelled/postponed at short notice.