Extracts from WFN World Neurology

The Pioneers of Neurology in South America

26 Feb 2019

The history of neurology in South America has its roots in 1885, when the Hospital San Roque de Buenos Aires initiated its Nervous Diseases Service. Its first director was Dr. José María Ramos Mejía, a writer, sociologist, scientist, and outstanding public citizen.

Eponymous Women in Neurology

30 Jan 2019

The term eponym is derived from the Greek words epi- “sur” and onima “name.” It is hardly possible to imagine daily life without eponyms, although we are not always aware of using them. Just think of diesel engine, pasteurized milk, degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius, to name a few. Eponyms are found in nearly all sciences, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geography, paleontology, and botany (to mention a few: Pythagoras, Gödel, Fourier analysis, Avogadro).


World Congress of Neurology Through the Years

28 Dec 2018

The World Congress of Neurology (WCN) is the jewel in the calendar of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). It is the major educational effort of the WFN. 


AFAN Brings New Era in African Neurology

28 Nov 2018

It was a momentous day in the history of African neurology. For more than 40 years, the continental neuroscience organization was an amalgamation of neurologists and neurosurgeons. With the formation of AFAN, the sixth chain of the WFN regional organizations is now complete.


25 Years of Russian-German Neurological Cooperation

12 Nov 2018

On April 6-7 2017, the Association for Promotion of German-Russian Cooperation in Neurology held a meeting on Diseases of the Nervous System — Mechanisms and Treatment, in Moscow, celebrating the 25th anniversary of German-Russian cooperation in Neurology. The association, whose name was later changed to the Russian-German Neurological Society, is perhaps not well known in global neurology but played an important role in the first period after the European system shifts of 1989-1990. 


Bringing Back Neurology Following WWII

18 Oct 2018

World War II drew to a close in Europe on May 8, 1945. Many institutes for brain research, psychology, and psychiatry of the former Kaiser Wilhelm Society (KWG) were destroyed. Numerous scientists and scholars had died or were forced into exile in America, Britain, and elsewhere around the globe, where they found new working environments after the Nazis had seized political power 12 years before.


Receiving “the Call” From the Nobel Committee

26 Aug 2018

“I thought it was some student calling as a prank. I wasn’t too polite. But after the third call I was convinced. I hope the guys who called will accept my apologies.” (Hendrickson et al, 1965).