WFN Specialty Groups (SG)

Formerly Applied Research Groups (ARG)

Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders Specialty Group (ADCD SG)

Chair: Thomas H Bak M.D.

University of Edinburgh
Human Cognitive Neuroscience (HCN) and
Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS)
7 George Square
United Kingdom

Tel.: +44 (0)131 650 3441
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 3461

Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS)
Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent
EH16 4SB
United Kingdom

Tel.: +44 (0)131 242 6260

Co-Chair: Facundo Manes M.D.


Director, Institute of Neurosciences - Favaloro University
Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Favaloro University
Buenos Aires


Director, Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO)
Pacheco de Melo 1854 (1126)
Buenos Aires

Tel.: +54 11 48074748 
Fax: +54 11 48074748 

Former Presidents

  • Eberhard Bay
  • Arthur Benton
  • Harold Goodglass
  • Guido Gainotti
  • Klaus Poeck
  • Andy Kertesz
  • John Hodges
  • Argye Hillis


Annual Reports


Other reports

Teaching course of the WFN SG ADCD


Mission Statement

The SG-ADCD is dedicated to promoting research and improving clinical practice in aphasia, dementia and other cognitive disorders. It aims to stimulate scientific discussion through its biennial meetings and to translate research findings into better assessment, management and treatment of patients through teaching courses and participation in the World Congress of Neurology as well as other meetings. It is multidisciplinary, welcomes members of different specialities and seeks to collaborate with other organisations, within and outside the WFN. The SG-ADCD is committed to a global, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspective on cognition and its disorders and aims to include in its activities all parts of the world.

Further information about the SG-ADCD, its history, activities and future directions can be found in an article in World Neurology:

Information Websites

One of the biggest problems facing cognitive neurologists worldwide is the limited availability of cognitive tests translated into different languages and adapted to the specific cultural, social and linguistic characteristics of the relevant populations. The WFN ADCD SG is planning to create websites for different countries, regions and languages, which will contain information relevant to clinicians wishing to establish and run cognitive clinics. Apart from cognitive tests and other assessment materials, the websites will contain lists of pertinent publications, dates of meetings and teaching courses and other information of interest. This project has been substantially supported through the WFN grant "Cognitive Clinics Worldwide".

The first website, established in June 2012, is that for INDIA:

With time, we hope to make an increasing number of websites available, while the existing ones will be updated and extended. Watch this space.