Report by Prof. Tissa Wijeratne, MD FRCP (Edin ) FRCP (London) FRACP FAAN, La Trobe University, Western Health, University of Melbourne, Australia

Day four: The "Meet the professor" programme once again proved highly popular, with delegates having the opportunity to interact and discuss topical issues with global leaders at their disposal. The morning sessions covered key areas around when to start rehabilitation after an acute stroke, the benefits of neurologic music therapy, making a prognosis for recovery potential after stroke, to neonatal rehabilitation, unmet needs in neurorehabilitation education, and hints and guidance for young researchers.

Professor Julie Bernhardt explored numerous aspects of rehabilitation in acute stroke, with 20-30 questions from the audience as there was significant interest in unravelling the mysteries and science around very early rehabilitation.  It was uplifting to see the enthusiasm and participation of the audience from all fields of neurology including allied health, neuropsychology, and more.

The main plenary session was led by Professor Datin Muresanu on the subject of anticorrelated processes in neurobiology. It was an absolute delight to hear about where we are heading in the science behind brain health. The session demystified a number of complex theories underpinning neurobiology to an appreciative audience.

Six further symposia covering neuro-infections, language and communication disorders, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, models of a community rehabilitation outreach program, and neck and back pain disorders featured during the afternoon.

The final closing lecture was delivered by Professor Alarcos Cieza on WHO Strategy on Rehabilitation.

The 10th WFNR congress was a great success. Such platforms offer great potential where WFN and WFNR can work together to promote better brain health worldwide.

Neurological disorders are the number one disability worldwide. But at the same time, there is growing recognition around physician burnout that is especially high in neurologists. Education and collaboration are critical to helping to understand the problem better and find solutions to address the increasing demands on physicians. Congresses such as the WCNR and WFN's upcoming World Congress of Neurology, being held in Dubai next year, provide an excellent platform to do so, to identify and disseminate best practices, and help to promote and engage in neurology.