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World Neurology: Jan/Feb 2022, Volume 37, No. 1

Published: 10 Mar 2022



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From the editors

Steven L. Lewis, MD, Editor, and Walter Struhal, MD, Co-Editor

Steven L Lewis MDWalter Struhal MD

World Neurology - Jan/Feb 2022

The issue begins with the President's Column, where new WFN President Wolfgang Grisold discusses the past, present, and future of the WFN as well as many activities and goals currently planned under his presidency. This report is also followed by an announcement and photos of all of the new WFN trustees. Dr. Arina Tamborska announces an ongoing survey of neurologic complications of COVID-19 from the University of Liverpool with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation of Neurology (WFN).

In this issue's column about the WFN Committees and Specialty Groups, edited by WFN President Wolfgang Grisold, the activities of the WFN Education Committee and the WFN Environmental Neurology Specialty Group are highlighted. This issue also includes a call for a new chair for the WFN Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Specialty Group. In the History Column, Dr. Peter Koehler discusses the history of insulin coma therapy (ICT) and its historical role as a treatment for neuropsychiatric disease and the observations of the neurological signs induced by this procedure.

Dr. Gaminit Pathirana, president of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists (ASN), reports on the history and activities of the ASN, which includes its recent and successful meeting.

In the WFN Training Center report, Dr. Ndayisenga Arl ne provides a wonderful report of her WFN-sponsored full neurology training at the WFN Training Center at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, where she is the first fully trained neurologist to graduate as a WFN-sponsored trainee from this center. She has now successfully returned to Rwanda as the fifth neurologist in that country.

Dr. Tissa Wijeratne provides a brief history of World Brain Day and the success of World Brain Day 2021 devoted to multiple sclerosis. The theme for this year's World Brain Day 2022 is also announced in this issue and is devoted to Brain Health for All. As always, we would like to thank all readers for their interest in World Neurology and invite ideas for contributions to be sent to Dr. Lewis or Dr. Struhal •



President's Column

  • The WFN: Past and Future
    By Wolfgang Grisold

    This is my first column as the WFN president in World Neurology but not my first article in our newsletter, edited by Steven Lewis. World Neurology has become an important source of information for members and serves to communicate information on the WFN.

The WFN Committees and Specialty Groups

  • WFN ENSG and the WFN Education Committee
    By Wolfgang Grisold

    The Environmental Neurology Specialty Group, which is presently chaired by Gustavo Roman, and has made us aware of the importance to consider environment on neurology. Much credit goes to Jacques Reis who organized meetings in Strasbourg and made environment the topic of the WBD 2018.

From WFN

  • Call for Chair Position

    The WFN Specialty Group on Coma and Disorders of Consciousness is an important part of the Specialty Groups of the WFN.

  • Announcement of New WFN Trustees

    The roles and responsibilities of the WFN trustees are expansive and include everything from creating educational programs, to planning the biennial World Congress and overseeing all WFN charity and fiduciary responsibilities.

Around the World

World Brain Day 2021

  • Summary of Activities and Report
    By Tissa Wijeratne

    Let us convey our most sincere gratitude to all member societies for the engagement and strong support with yet another successful world brain day campaign. Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability, and the overall burden will continue to rise with the pandemic's ongoing impact and the problems associated with post COVID-19 neurological syndromes (Long- COVID). The burden of neurological disorders impacts mostly low to middle-income countries, where a larger percentage of the world's population continue to experience the double whammy of disease burden and the impact of the pandemic.

  • Announcing World Brain Day 2022

    This year's WBD will be devoted to Brain Health for All and will follow the WFN Brain Health campaign from last year.

WFN Training Centre Report

  • Report of Four-Year Neurology Trainee in Dakar, Senegal
    By Ndayisenga Arlene

    My four years of training in neurology at Dakar were enriching in my learning. The first two years were focused on the follow-up of inpatients, where stroke was the leading cause of hospitalization.


  • Inducing Neurological Signs by Hypoglycemia
    By Peter J. Koehler

    Nearly every neurologist will have experienced the satisfaction of diagnosing hypoglycemia with more or less severe neurological signs and curing the patient "on the needle" by the administration of glucose. However, few will have done so to treat hypoglycemia that was induced on purpose.