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WFN – Montreal Neurological Institute and Canadian Neurological Society: Department Visit Program

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), together with the Canadian Neurological Society (CNS), are pleased to announce a new partnership to invite two colleagues from Central and South America to visit the Neurology Department of the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University in Quebec, Canada. 

The MNI was founded in 1934 by Dr. Wilder Penfield and has become the largest specialized neuroscience complex in Canada. Among its specialized clinics are those for movement disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rare diseases, pain, brain tumours and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Last year, it received more than 42,000 ambulatory patient visits, more than 28,000 diagnostic tests were carried out and brain surgeons performed some 1,800 procedures. Always at the forefront of innovation, The MNI was the gateway to Canada for technologies like encephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and computer-assisted tomography.

The CNS was established in 1948 and represented both neurologists and neurosurgeons. In 1965, the original CNS was dissolved and two new societies were created to represent the two distinct groups, i.e., the Canadian Neurological Society (modern-day CNS) and the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. The mission of the CNS is to enhance the care of patients with diseases of the nervous system through education, advocacy, and improved methods of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

The WFN was formed in Brussels in 1957 as an association of national neurological societies. Today, the WFN represents 117 professional societies in 116 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 MNI and CNS would like to support the Central and South American initiative of the WFN by inviting two neurology trainees or junior faculty who are within five years of certification in neurology to visit the MNI for a duration of four weeks. The purpose is to experience the Canadian neurological system in an international environment, meet new colleagues and foster future cooperation. 

More information about the MNI can be found at

The visit will take place during Spring 2018

Details about support

The MNI will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses: Central or South America – Montreal, Canada – Central or South America
  • Accommodation for four weeks
  • Living expenses (food and beverage) during the four weeks
  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Canada

Criteria for applications

  • The applicant must be a resident of a country in Central or South America
  • The applicant must be a neurology resident or junior neurology faculty within five years of completion of training  

Evaluation Committee

  • Two representatives of the Canadian Neurological Society (CNS)
  • Two representatives of the WFN Education Committee
  • Two representatives from Central and South America Initiative Network

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 26 January 2018 to the WFN Education Coordinator, Miss Jade Roberts, by email

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

Jade Roberts
Executive Assistant

Education Project Coordinator
Chester House, Fulham Green
81-83 Fulham High Street

Tel.: +44 (0)20 3542 1657