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Since my last column, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread through most developed countries courtesy of international travel, tourism, and high-density populations. It is now set to decimate less developed countries in South America, Asia, and Africa, consequent upon insufficient resources and less sophisticated public health services.
An international conference, focusing on “multidisciplinary strategies to prevent and combat brain diseases,” took place in Moscow on November 27-28, 2019, and followed the concept of integration and multidisciplinarity. The organization was smoothly run by Prof. Alla Guekht and her team and linked neurology to neurosurgery, internal medicine, and psychiatry.

In the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since my last column, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread through most developed countries courtesy of international travel, tourism, and high-density populations. It is now set to decimate less developed countries in South America, Asia, and Africa, consequent upon insufficient resources and less sophisticated public health services.

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Candidate Statements for Elected Trustee

Six candidates present their experience and vision for what they would bring to the role of elected WFN trustee.

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Marianne de Visser Named Co-Opted Trustee

The WFN welcomes Prof. Marianne de Visser to the position of co-opted trustee. De Visser is an adult neurologist at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and emeritus professor of neuromuscular diseases at the University of Amsterdam.

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World Brain Day

A reminder to all readers that World Brain Day 2020, a collaborative effort between the WFN and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and devoted to raising awareness for—and ending—Parkinson’s disease, is underway just as this issue is going to press.

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Multidisciplinary Strategies to Prevent and Combat Brain Diseases-Moscow

An international conference, focusing on “multidisciplinary strategies to prevent and combat brain diseases,” took place in Moscow on November 27-28, 2019, and followed the concept of integration and multidisciplinarity. The organization was smoothly run by Prof. Alla Guekht and her team and linked neurology to neurosurgery, internal medicine, and psychiatry.

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WFN/FINE Neuroinfection Series

Neuroinfections form a large group of disorders commonly seen by neurologists as well as other physicians. Old, new, and emerging infections, their patterns of presentations, and imaging features as well as therapies pose challenges in practice.

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Long-Haul COVID

It is becoming increasingly apparent that many patients who recovered from the acute phase of the SARS-CoV-2 infection have persistent symptoms. This includes clouding of mentation, sleep disturbances, exercise intolerance, and autonomic symptoms.

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New JNS Metrics Released

I am pleased to announce that new metrics have been released for the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, the official journal of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). The widely cited Impact Factor (IF) has risen to 3.115, which is a +17.5% increase compared to 2018. This is an all-time high for the journal’s Impact Factor.

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Diseases of Civilization and Nervous Disorder in the Age of Enlightenment

The relation between civilization and disease has been known for centuries. Researchers found evidence that in the pre-history period, small hunter-gatherer populations tended to be less troubled by disease. With growing population density following the settlement of farmers around 12,000 years ago (in the Neolithic period), and later the start of commercial traveling and increasing mobility, pathogens could spread easier.

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C. Miller Fisher: Stroke in the 20th Century

Who was the greatest contributor to the field of stroke in the 20th century?” If you answer the question, you risk displeasing somebody somewhere with a different opinion. On being asked that question after a lecture in Moscow, I answered: “The greatest contributor to the understanding of the common causes of stroke is C. Miller Fisher.” Few would disagree.

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WFN/AFAN e-Learning Day

The World Federation of Neurology and the African Academy of Neurology are delighted to announce to you their first virtual one-day teaching course, the WFN/AFAN e-Learning Day, which will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

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