WFN – Turkish Society of Neurology: Department Visit Programme 2013

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Turkish Neurological Society (TNS) are delighted to be partnering for a further year to present the Turkish Initiative.

The Turkish Neurological Society (TNS) was founded in 1992 and currently has 1400 members. The aims of the society include contributing to the national and international awareness, diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases at the best possible standards. The TNS is scientifically very active and has high standards of education. Turkish trained neurologists can enter the UEMS/EBN European board examination.

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) has 114 member societies and aims to foster brain health worldwide, working in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) amongst others.

Project description

The TNS would like to support the African initiatives of the WFN by inviting two African colleagues to visit the Neurology department of a Turkish University Hospital for a duration of 4 weeks. The purpose is to experience the modern Turkish medical system in an international environment, meet new colleagues and foster future cooperation.

The hosting departments will be Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine (Istanbul), and Gazi University Faculty of Medicine (Ankara). Both university hospitals have an English curriculum Medical School and feature various subunits of the Neurology Department (electrophysiology, stroke, epilepsy, sleep medicine, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-muscular diseases and movement disorders).


The visit will take place during November 2013 to coincide with TNS’ Annual National Neurology Congress which will take place in Antalya.

Details about support

The TNS will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses Africa – Turkey – Africa
  • Accommodation during 4 weeks
  • Living expenses (food & beverage) during 4 weeks
  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Turkey (to be arranged by the applicant, the costs will be refunded)
  • Sponsored attendance to TNS’ Annual National Neurology Congress in Antalya.

Criteria for applications:

  • The applicant must be a resident of a developing country from the African continent
  • The applicant must be born after 31.12.1970
  • The applicant must be a qualified neurologist. 

Evaluation Committee

Wolfgang Grisold (Co-Chair Education Committee, WFN)
Şerefnur Öztürk (Vice President, TNS)
Stephan Sergey (Co-Chair Education Committee, WFN)
Ayşe Bora Tokçaer (General Secretary, TNS)

Deadline for application

To apply, applicants must submit their CV, a supporting statement, and a letter of recommendation from their Head of Department by Monday 1 July 2013 by email to

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

Mrs Laura Kennedy
Project Coordinator – WFN
Kenes Associations Worldwide
1-3 Rue de Chantepoulet
P.O. Box 1726
CH-1211 Geneva 1

Tel.: +41 (0) 22 906 9124

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Dr Adebayo from Nigeria, taking part in a Turkish Department Visit during 2012


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