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WFN – The German Neurological Society: Department Visit Programme

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the German Neurological Society (DGN) are pleased to announce a new partnership to invite two colleagues from Africa to visit the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main and the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital (Klinikum rechts der Isar) of the Technical University of Munich.

The German Neurological Society (DGN) was initially founded as the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Nervenärzte" in 1907 by Wilhelm Erb. In 1935, the society was dissolved by the Nazi government. The re-establishment of the society took place in 1950 by Heinrich Pette. The DGN is part of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF). The current Chairman is Prof. Gereon Fink from Cologne. In recent years the DGN has become a fast-growing society which represents more than 9,000 members.

The WFN was formed in Brussels in 1957 as an association of national neurological societies. Today, the WFN represents 122 professional societies in countries in all regions of the world. The mission of the WFN is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide, a goal we seek to achieve by promoting global neurological education and training, with the emphasis placed firmly on under-resourced parts of the world.

 

Project description

The German Neurological Society supports the African initiative of the WFN by inviting two African colleagues to visit the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main and the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital (Klinikum rechts der Isar) of the Technical University of Munich for a duration of four weeks. The purpose is to experience the German neurological system in an international environment, meet new colleagues and foster future cooperation.

 

More information about the two host institutions

Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in September/October 2019

Director of Department of Neurology: Prof. Helmuth Steinmetz

Main characteristics (year 2018):

  • Number of inpatients: approx. 3.500/year
  • Number of outpatients: approx. 5.000/year
  • Number of beds: 85
  • Specialised outpatient clinics: neurovascular, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, neuro-oncology
  • Staff: 4 professors/8 consultants/40-50 residents and junior researchers
  • Clinical and research foci: vascular neurology, neuro-oncology, epileptology, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, cognitive neurology
  • Services and facilities include neurointensive care unit (20 beds, together with neurosurgery), intermediate care ward (16 beds, together with neurosurgery), comprehensive stroke unit (20 beds), neuro-oncology ward (10 beds), epileptology/video-EEG ward (8 beds), brain imaging center, weekly interdisciplinary conferences, e.g. tumor board, neurovascular board, epilepsy board.

 

Department of Neurology at the University Hospital (Klinikum rechts der Isar) of the Technical University of Munich

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in October/November 2019

Director of Department of Neurology: Prof. Bernhard Hemmer

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

Klinikum rechts der Isar is the university hospital of the Technical University Munich (TUM), and provides the ideal setting in which to offer the best possible standards of university-based medical care. We are excellently placed and equipped to deliver first-rate medical care to international patients in line with the latest scientific standards. Modern, advanced medicine could hardly find a better home.

Founded in 1834, the University Hospital rechts der Isar today stands for state-of-the-art medicine, research & advancement. Approximately 5,500 people work at the hospital, whether in the provision of medical care, research or teaching. Every year, more than 60,000 patients benefit from hospitalised care in addition to around 250,000 patients receiving outpatient treatment. With roughly 30 departments, 20 interdisciplinary centers and 1,161 beds, the hospital offers the entire range of modern medical treatments. In addition, research into diseases and new therapeutic options is undertaken at numerous scientific institutes.

The Department of Neurology (Director: Prof. Bernhard Hemmer) has a clinical focus on Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Neuropathic pain and Neuro-oncology. Key research areas are neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Research activities involve experimental animal models, clinical trials, imaging, biomarker and genetic studies to better understand the pathophysiology of disease, monitor and predict the disease course and develop new treatment strategies. The department is involved in national and international research activities including the Excellence Cluster SyNergy, the German center of neurodegenerative diseases, several collaborative research centers, EU projects and competence networks.

 

Details about support

The German Neurological Society will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses: Country of Residence – Germany– Country of Residence
  • Accommodation for four weeks
  • Living expenses (food and beverage) during the four weeks
  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Germany

Criteria for applications

  • The applicant must be a resident of a low or lower-middle income country in the African continent
  • The applicant must be born after 31.12.1975

Evaluation Committee

  • Two representatives of the German Neurological Society
  • Two representatives of the WFN Education Committee
  • Two representatives from the African Academy of Neurology

Deadline for application

To apply, applicants must submit their CV, a supporting statement, and a letter of recommendation from their Head of Department by Friday to the WFN Education Coordinator, Mrs Jade Levy by email jade@wfneurology.org.

To apply, applicants must submit their CV, a supporting statement, and a letter of recommendation from their Head of Department by Friday 8th March 2019 to the WFN Education Coordinator, Mrs Jade Levy by email.

For any questions regarding your application, or to apply, please contact the administrative office of the WFN Education Committee:

Jade Levy
Executive Assistant
Education Project Coordinator
Chester House, Fulham Green
81-83 Fulham High Street
London
SW6 3JA

e-mail: jade@wfneurology.org
Tel.: +44 (0)20 3542 1657