Report by Prof. Tissa Wijeratne MD FRACP FRCP (Edin) FRCP (London) FAHA FAAN (USA)

Nearly 9000 neurologists attended the final day of what has been an amazing world congress. Professor Stefan Pulst (USA) delivered the Singhal award lecture on targeted therapy for dominant ataxias. It was great to see how neurology is now becoming a truly therapeutic field.

Professor Terrence Cascino, immediate past president of the American Academy of Neurology, addressed the critical issue of physician burnout. This is likely to be an issue worldwide, despite not being formally studied in most countries. Why would neurologists burn out? Why should we care about this critical issue? Well, on one hand, neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability in the world - nearly 2.8 billion people live with some form of a disability from a neurological disorder. There is a shortage of neurologists to take care of these patients. More than half of all practicing neurologists suffer from burnout in many countries, and that's only where published data is available. The plenary was an eye opener for the delegates. It was a timely plenary session, which will spark a lively debate and discussion. 

You can check Professor Cascino's interview out on our social media. Here are my tips to prevent burn out: talk about it, make sure to take care of yourself and your colleagues. No doubt the participants will return to their home countries and study the issue of physician burnout in their own countries after this amazing plenary. 

The final day of the world congress showed the friendly atmosphere of our community, despite being loaded with great teaching material. We hope to see you in Dubai, 2019!

There were concurrent sessions on big data and personalised medicine, which were very well attended. Professor Paul Matthews (UK), Professor Sergio Baranzini (USA), and Professor Helmut Butzkueven (Australia) delivered the plenary sessions.

Professor Butzkueven's presentation on MS Base showed the delegates how we can build a Global Disease Cohort for real-world data exploration.

Many different views on the treatment of Parkinson's disease were discussed at the European regional symposium, which was open for everyone attending the congress. Three leaders in the field discussed the medical treatment and surgical treatment of the disease, along with the role of non-medical, non-surgical interventions.

The neuro-ophthalmology teaching course was jam-packed. Professor Valérie Biousse (France), Professor Vivek Lal (India), Professor Caroline Tilikete (France), and Professor Nancy Newman (USA) made this complex subspecialty in neurology both engaging and look easy!

WCN 2017 - Tournament of the Minds Winners
Winners of the WCN 2017 Tournament of the Minds from Australia

There were two parallel teaching courses on EMG, both of which were extremely popular. The well-known Professor Jun Kimura (Japan) ran the basic workshop, while Dr Josep Valls Solé from Spain, together with Professor Nodera (Japan), ran the advanced workshop on EMG.

The final battle of the tournament of the minds was thoroughly entertaining for all parties involved. The social media team of World Congress Neurology was busy live streaming this popular event, chaired by Professor Richard Stark (Australia), Professor Kanda (Japan) and Professor Davies (United Kingdom). Congratulations to Australia, the winning country!

The congress lived beyond and above the theme - defining the future of Neurology. The contents of the congress proved that neurology has a bright future to come. Many old friends met again. New friendships began, and new collaborations and partnerships were established. Social media kept the whole world informed as the congress unfolded Professor Bill Carroll, our new president, was live streaming within minutes of his appointment! Many records of previous world congresses were broken this time, including the largest number of attendees: nearly 9000!

The Japanese Neurology Society should be proud of their generosity, friendship and collegiality. They welcome applications to become a member of their society provided you are a board certified neurologist in your country.

Remember- the Word Federation of Neurology is your family. The World Congress of Neurology is your congress. Connect with us and stay in touch. Get involved with research and education. This is the best way to help provide optimal clinical services and care for our patients.

Now is the time to get involved in neurology. Young doctors and bright medical students should be encouraged to make the already bright future of neurology even brighter. See you at Dubai, October 26 - 31, 2019 for the XXIV World Congress of Neurology. Bring a colleague/colleagues from your team, department, hospital. We hope to reach 10,000 delegates in 2019.

Finally, my thanks to the WFN's web sub-committee: Prof. Walter Struhal, Prof. Surat Tanprawate, Prof.Tissa Wijeratne and Chiu Man, as well as our social media team at Kenes: Shiri Berzack, Ella Berkovitz, Tami Gaon, and Josh Margo - who have helped deliver what I hope has been entertaining and interesting updates on the XXIII World Congress of Neurology.