Mostafa El Alaoui FarisWCN President's Welcome Note

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 20th World Congress of Neurology in Marrakesh (Morocco),  November 12-17, 2011.

Marrakesh is more than just another nice city, it has something very special: a hint of magic, a soul. Sitting in an oasis of palms and olive trees near the Atlas Mountains with their perpetual snow, Marrakesh is only three hours from many African and European capitals.

Historically, Marrakesh is the heiress of an original civilization, distinctive by its architecture, traditional crafts, cuisine (one of the most famous gastronomies of the world) and the legendary hospitality of its people. In Marrakesh you can discover 1,000 years of history and culture at every corner of the Medina (old city) and even trace the steps of Averroes and Maimonides, masters of medicine and philosophy.

We look forward to welcoming you to WCN 2011. The scientific content and organization coupled with the wonderful and safe city of Marrakesh in all its magnificence will surely make it an unforgettable experience.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Mostafa El Alaoui Faris
President of the WCN 2011

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WFN President's Welcome Note

Dear Colleagues:

Come to Marrakesh, a cultural, artistic and gastronomical capital.

Sir Winston Churchill was particularly taken by Marrakesh... “Here, surrounded by its extensive palm-groves that have sprung out of the desert, the traveler may rest assured that he will never tire of the majestic view of the snow-covered Atlas Mountains......” You may want to add extra days to your trip following the Sessions of the XX World Congress of Neurology to go exploring.

The speakers at the XX World Congress of Neurology have been selected not only for their expertise, but because they can convey the advances in their area to neurologists specializing in their field.

The Congress provides wonderful updates in all major areas of neurology and many opportunities for interaction.

The Program builds on the very successful Bangkok Congress with additional regional and continental dimensions, since this is the first World Neurology Congress held in Africa.

Concerns have been raised about the recent unrest in Africa. Not all countries are alike. Morocco is a stable monarchy that continues to be a popular tourist destination. Werner Hacke, Vice President of the WFN, spent several days recently in several cities in Morocco and reports a stable and business as usual atmosphere. Raad Shakir, Secretary General will visit this summer, so we will have up to date “on the ground” information.

No travel advisories have been issued by any country at any time and plans are going ahead as scheduled.

Come to Marrakesh and be part of a milestone scientific, cultural and social event!

Looking forward to seeing you in Marrakesh.

Best regards,

Vladimir Hachinski
World Federation of Neurology