Extracts from WFN World Neurology

World Federation of Neurology: 1957-2007

24 Sep 2021

[Published September 2007 in World Neurology Vol 22 No. 3]

In 1957, neuroscientists from many countries came together in Brussels on July 21 to 28 for the first Congrès International des Sciences Neurologiques (CISN). During the preparatory meetings for the Brussels congress, Ludo van Bogaert had proposed that an international federation of neurological societies should now be organised.

Practical Neurology in Moshi, Tanzania

27 Aug 2021

[Published July/August 2017 in World Neurology Vol 32 No. 4]

Initiative aims to train 200 neurologists in Africa in the next 10 years and is designed to support the neglected fields of neurology and oncology in East Africa.

Continuum in Haiti

30 Jul 2021

[Published July/August 2018 in World Neurology Vol 23 No. 4]

There is only one neurologist in Haiti for 10 million citizens and no neurology training programs. Therefore, physicians training in Haiti have no opportunity to learn about neurologic disease from a neurologist – no preclinical course, no rotation, no CME. And yet, since the majority of patients in Haiti do not have access to the country’s only neurologist, they see these same general practitioners who have had no access to neurology education.

World Federation of Neurology 50 years: Heritage shapes the future

25 Jun 2021

[Published June 2007 in World Neurology Vol 22 No. 2]

The history of the World Federation of Neurology has been described in recent publications and will not be repeated here. Instead, I will try to delineate how the social and scientific development over the last 50 years has influenced its evolution. The winds of change have also swept over neurology.

The Need for a Global Neurology Alliance

28 May 2021

[Published May/June 2017 in World Neurology Vol 32 No. 3]

While world neurological expertise has been steadily advancing partly in parallel with the recognition of the increasing challenges on the horizon and partly with the advances in medical science, it is far from equitably distributed. When the widening gap between well-developed countries with comprehensive health care and those less developed populations and health care systems is appreciated, the likelihood for an emergency is evident.

Peripheral Nerve Injuries During World War I

30 Apr 2021

[Published April 2014 in World Neurology Vol 29 No. 2]

This column on historical aspects of international relationships in the neurosciences usually deals with forms of international cooperation. Exactly 100 years ago, not only political relations collapsed; scientific relationships followed, even though some scientists hoped that their relations would remain above the cataclysm.

Pediatric Neurology in Africa

26 Mar 2021

[Published April 2015 in World Neurology Vol 30 No. 2] 

Doctors trained in the management of child neurology conditions are lacking in Africa. Epilepsy is one of the major disease burdens in the continent and training in this area is even more scarce.

Piecing Together Electricity's Role in Nerve Function

26 Feb 2021

[Published February 2012 in World Neurology Vol 27 No. 1]

As far back as the second century AD, the Alexandrian physician Galen suggested that animal spirits drove nerve function, and that view – that the animal spirits were a volatile substance that flowed through hollow nerves and caused muscles to move – prevailed until the late 18th century.

The Lagos Experience

29 Jan 2021

[Published Jan/Feb 2018 in World Neurology Vol 33 No. 1]

The level of confidence that comes from knowing that one is learning from global experts, and the knowledge is at par with what other neurologists globally are learning, is a boost to the confidence of our trainees and ourselves.

WHO calls for global action plan to combat epilepsy and other neurologic disorders

25 Dec 2020

[Published November 2020 in World Neurology Vol 35 No. 5]

The decision by the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Nov. 12, 2020, to adopt Resolution WHA73.10 is a landmark event. Although the WFN has been closely involved with neurological activities within, and related to, the WHO, the call for the development of global action plans to combat epilepsy and (importantly) neurological disorders, is a first.

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