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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 - May/June 2018

This issue begins with the President's column, where WFN President William Carroll discusses two of the major upcoming events of the WFN: World Brain Day and the World Congress of Neurology in Dubai. Next, WFN Secretary-General Wolfgang Grisold provides a summary of the recent Joint Congress of the Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA) and the African Academy of Neurology (AFAN) held in East London, South Africa. Raad Shakir, immediate past president of the WFN, reports on the ongoing successes and importance of the Regional Neurologic Congresses.

Profs. Tissa Wijeratne, Wolfgang Grisold, David Dodick, Mohammad Wasay, and William Carroll report on the upcoming activities of this year's World Brain Day, whose theme is Migraine and Headache, as a collaborative effort between the WFN and the International Headache Society.

Professor Maged Abdel Naseer then provides a brief report on the recent Cairo Neurologic Conference (CNC) held in Cairo, another successful and highly attended CNC conference and that one of the editors (SL) was privileged to participate in. This issue also features a call from the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation for grant applications from researchers from low- and middle-income countries.

In this issue's History column, Prof. Peter Koehler provides an intriguing review of the historical evolution of the concept of aging. This issue also features an enthusiastic report from a trainee's recent and successful department visit to Istanbul Turkey through the collaborative program of the Turkish Neurological Society and the WFN.

Finally, this issue features heartfelt obituaries about two remarkable neurologists who recently passed, Prof. Jagjit S. Chopra and Prof. James (Jim) Lance.

We look forward to further contributions from you for the pages of World Neurology and look forward to hearing of our societies' participation and events around the globe related to the upcoming World Brain Day.

 

Highlights


President's Column

  • Upcoming Educational Events for WFN
    By William Carroll

    World Brain Day (WBD) and the World Congress of Neurology (WCN) are two major events for the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) in which we present our organization to the world.

World Brain Day

  • The Painful Truth of Migraine
    By Tissa Wijeratne, Wolfgang Grisold, David Dodick, Mohammad Wasay, and William Carroll

    The Global Burden of Diseases Collaborators confirmed that neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. Globally in 2016, neurological disorders were the leading cause of disability-adjusted life years (276 million [uncertainty interval 247-308] and the second leading cause of deaths at 9.0 million [8.8-9.4]).

Department Visit

  • Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine
    By Dr. Cyril Oshomah Erameh

    Thank you to the WFN and the Turkish Neurological Society for this privileged academic opportunity to visit one of the most established neurological centers in Turkey.

  • Calling All MS Researchers
    By Anne Helme

    MSIF offers grants for researchers from low- and middle-income countries By Anne Helme The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) is inviting applications for McDonald Fellowships and Du Pré grants for researchers or clinicians working in a low- or middle-income country, who would like funding to expand their expertise and build partnerships with other countries.

From the field

  • A Quest for New Horizons
    By Wolfgang Grisold

    During this year‘s Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA) meeting, the AFAN had its annual business meeting and scientific meeting in East London, South Africa. Outgoing President Yomi Ogun opened the business meeting by giving a report on AFAN’s development and activities in the past year.

  • Regional Congresses: Continued Success
    By Raad Shakir

    Over a period of six months, four major neurological congresses were held in four regions of the world. Each was organized by one of the regional organizations, which are part of the six regions of the WFN.

History of Neurology

  • Ageing Through the Ages
    By Peter J. Koehler

    In an era of increasing mean age of the general population and the resulting burden of degenerative disease—with respect to neurology, in particular dementia and Parkinson’s disease—studies on ageing may provide interesting insights. Genomic stability in cancer and ageing are popular areas of study today.

In Memoriam

  • Prof. James Waldo Lance (1926-2019)
    By Tissa Wijeratne, Alessandro Zagami, and William Carroll

    The neurological world, and Australian neurology in particular, lost an outstanding leader Feb. 20, 2019, with the death of Prof. James (Jim) Waldo Lance in Sydney, at the age of 92.

  • James Waldo Lance
    By David Burke

    We are here today to pay our respects to the doyen of Australian neurology. Jim Lance was the complete physician, a man who covered all fields and was an exemplar clinician-scientist. He was the academic father and intellectual inspiration for many of us. We will not see his like again.

  • Prof. Jagjit S. Chopra, DCH, FRCP, PhD, FAMS, FIAN
    By Prof. Inder M.S. Sawhney, MD, DM, FRCP, MNAMS, FIAN; Prof. Vijay K. Kak, MS, FRCS, FRCSE, FAMS, FIAMS, FIHE and Prof. Sudesh Prabhakar MD, DM, FIAN

    The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) honoured Prof. Jagjit Singh Chopra (JSC) with the Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2017 at Kyoto, Japan. His achievements were applauded on the world stage in his absence, as he could not attend the meeting due to a disabling stroke.

Cairo Conference

  • CNC: Meeting in Cairo
    By Prof. Maged Abdel Naseer

    Prof. Maged Abdel Naseer The Egyptian Society of Neurology was founded in 1955. It serves as a minaret of neurological education, brainstorming of new ideas and sharing of updates. Since 1999, members of the society have been holding an annual conference in the capital city under the name of the Cairo International Neurology Conference.