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

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World Neurology - May/June 2018

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

Welcome to the June issue of World Neurology. The issue begins with Prof. William Carroll's President's Column, where he updates us on several of the many current and upcoming activities of the WFN, which are only possible through the many valuable and multifaceted contributions of our many constituents. This issue also includes the exciting news that Vladimir Hachinski, a previous WFN president, has received the 2018 Killam Prize, the highest honour for research from the Canada Council of the Arts.

Prof. Wolfgang Grisold reports on the Austrian World Summit, which took place in May. The summit was dedicated to the environment and was organized by the Schwarzenegger Institute and the Austrian government. In this issue's history article, Douglas Lanska provides the second part of his interview with Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner describing when he received the call from the Nobel Committee.

In education news, Prisca Bassole reports on the recent graduation of four trainees from the new neurophysiology fellowship in Dakar, one of the WFN-accredited teaching centres in Africa. In other education reports, three recent recipients of WFN's Junior Traveling Fellowships provide their accounts of their travel to conferences to report on their research and to learn of cutting-edge developments in neurology.

Finally, this issue includes the statements from the candidates for the positions up for election at the upcoming Council of Delegates meeting in Berlin. For the WFN Trustee Elections, the candidates are (in alphabetical order) Morris Freeman, Alla Guekht, Jean-Marc Leger, and Daniel Truong, and for WFN Secretary General Election, the candidate is Wolfgang Grisold.

We hope you enjoy the contributions in this issue, and we continue to encourage future contributions from neurologists about neurology from around the world. We also remind all readers of the upcoming Day of the Brain on July 22, with the theme of Clean Air for Brain Health¸ and look forward to participation from neurologists and neurology societies from around the globe.

 

Highlights


President's Column

  • The Value of Shared Commitment and Contribution
    By Prof. William Carroll
    As we approach the halfway mark of the current calendar year and as many watched the World Cup, perhaps the greatest display of a world team game, it is worth reflecting on the value of teamwork. Teamwork is at the centre of all organizations engaged in goal-oriented endeavours, sporting or otherwise. It is especially evident in those organizations that are successful and in those within the not-for-profit area.

From the WFN

From the field

  • A Man of Art and Science
    By Crystal Mackay
    “The science of medicine lies in the technology, the knowledge, the algorithms. But the art of medicine begins where the technology ends – and that’s where good doctors excel,” said the world-renowned expert in the relationship between stroke and dementia, who also happens to be a composer and poet.

  • Junior Traveling Fellowship 2017: Annick M. Magnerou, MD
    By Annick Melanie Magnerou, MD
    I am a young Cameroonian neurologist from Senegal. I have just finished my training. I have seen interest in the field of clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. It was possible for me to attend the Second Moroccan Congress of Neurophysiology associated with the first African and MENA seminar of clinical neurophysiology Oct. 26-28, 2017, in Morocco, due to the World Federation of Neurology Junior Traveling Fellowship.

  • Junior Traveling Fellowship 2017: Mario Cornejo-Olivas
    By Mario Cornejo-Olivas
    I am a neurologist and researcher working at Neurogenetics Research Center of Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas in Lima, Peru. I’m grateful to WFN for supporting my attendance at the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • Junior Traveling Fellowship 2017: Dr. Ngoungoure Halima, Fidelie Scholastique
    By Dr. Ngoungoure Halima, Fidelie Scholastique
    I welcomed my nomination for the WFN-JTF 2017 with pleasure and attended the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress Sept. 2-6, 2017, in Barcelona.

  • Austrian World Summit Update
    By Wolfgang Grisold, on behalf of the WFN
    The Austrian World Summit R 20 took place May 15, 2018, at the Imperial Palace in Hofurg. This was a high-level meeting dedicated to the environment. It was organized by the Schwarzenegger Institute and members of the Austrian government.

History of Neurology

  • Receiving “the Call” From the Nobel Committee
    By Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN
    In an oral history interview for the American Academy of Neurology, conducted April 27, 2017, at the Boston Convention Center, I spoke with Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, the only living neurologist who has won a Nobel Prize (Lanska and Klaffke, 2017, Lanska, 2017).

Department Training

  • Dakar Promotes Training in Electrophysiology
    By Prisca-Rolande Bassolé, Daniel Gams Massi, Hermann C. Kiendolo Ngoma, Fatoumata Ba, Marème Soda Diop, Lala Bouna Seck, Moustapha Ndiaye, Massar Diagne, Mouhamadou Mansour Ndiaye, Amadou Gallo Diop
    Since 2016, the Department of Neurology of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar has become the third WFN Teaching Center in Africa. During the process of accreditation, the WFN officials were informed about the different training available.