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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 Hospitals of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Department of Neurology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

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 120 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 Hospitals of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Department of Neurology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 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 Hospitals of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in September/October 2018

The Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Erlangen (Director: Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Stefan Schwab) oversees more than 3,700 inpatients and almost 20,000 outpatient contacts per year. The Department comprises 6 full professors, 12 attending physicians and 50 residents. The faculty spans a broad range of clinical expertise including stroke, intensive care medicine, neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis, autonomic research, epilepsy, neurodegeneration, neuro-oncology, and pain. Particular research interests comprise stroke cohorts, experimental neuroimmunology, molecular neurodegeneration, electrophysiology, stem cell-based models, confocal microscopy, and others.

The University Hospital Erlangen (UKE) is governed by a triple mission of providing exceptional patient care, quickly advancing breakthroughs in medical science and educating the next generation of medical caregivers and scientists. The UKE ranks among the top medical centres in Germany and Europe.

Each year, the UKE provides inpatient care to more than 75,000 people and oversees more than 500,000 outpatient visits. UKE physicians, many of whom are leaders in their field, represent more than 50 subspecialties, with several being ranked among the nation's best. In the FOCUS Physicians´ list, the Department of Neurology and in particular the Clinics for Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson`s Disease were ranked among Germany´s top hospitals.

The Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg was founded in 1743 and is located in the heart of the European metropolitan area Franconia-Nuremberg with more than 3,5 million inhabitants. With almost 10,000 students in 265 fields of studies and more than 580 professors, the FAU is one of the leading Universities in Germany.

Department of Neurology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Duration of the department visit: 4 weeks in September/October 2018

The University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz - the fifth largest university in Germany - is located in the centre of the state capital Mainz, at the western border of the metropolitan Rhine-Main Region and is part of the Rhine-Main-Neuroscience Network (rmn2). It is the only University Medical Centre in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Originally founded in 1477, the JGU now serves approximately 32,000 students from over 120 nations.

The Department of Neurology, led by Prof. Frauke Zipp, is part of the University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The department provides in-patient service for more than 3,370 patients per year including a supra-regional Stroke Unit, Video-EEG Monitoring, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Clinical Trial Unit.

The main focus of the Dept. of Neurology's patient care and research lies in inflammatory neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, cerebral vascular diseases (within the Stroke Unit), the interdisciplinary diagnosis and therapy of pain patients, diagnosis and therapy of epilepsy (including preoperative epilepsy diagnosis), peripheral neurology (nerve and muscle disease), movement disorders such as Parkinson's Disease (including deep brain stimulation), diagnosis and therapy for vertigo, eye movement and balance disorders and neuro-oncology.

Frauke Zipp has published in journals such as Nature Journals, Lancet and Neuron. She is founding spokesperson of a Collaborative Research Centre on Multiple Sclerosis (CRC-TRR-128), Executive Board Member of the Competence Network of Multiple Sclerosis (KKNMS), Council Member of ECTRIMS, member of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), Board Member of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI), and member of the Academia European and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; she was also Conference President for the 12th ISNI Congress 2014.

The visit will take place September/October 2018

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 country in low or lower-middle income country in the African continent
  • The applicant must be born after 31 December 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 1st June 2018 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
World Federation of Neurology
Chester House
Fulham Green
81-83 Fulham High Street
London
SW6 3JA

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