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By the time this edition of World Neurology is available, it will have been more than eight months since the world had to learn to deal with COVID-19. In that time, our lives and practices have changed dramatically. Social distancing, travel restrictions, and educational activities have forced us to adapt to what is effectively a new world.
History is the present seen through the eyes of the future. Now, more than ever, we are confronted with this aphorism, as one of the most impressive contemporary pandemics unrolls.

Simplifying the Diagnostic Criteria for ALS

testThe World Federation of Neurology recently joined forces with the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and patient support groups, including the Motor Neurone Disease Association (UK) and the American ALS Association, to convene a consensus meeting to address diagnostic criteria for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; motor neurone disease).

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Becoming Acquainted With the Pandemic

By the time this edition of World Neurology is available, it will have been more than eight months since the world had to learn to deal with COVID-19. In that time, our lives and practices have changed dramatically. Social distancing, travel restrictions, and educational activities have forced us to adapt to what is effectively a new world.

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Online Education for Virtually Every Neurologist

We would like to welcome all neurologists worldwide to the October/November 2020 issue of World Neurology. This issue begins with the report from Matthew Kiernan for the ALS Consensus Committee, operating with the support of the WFN, about the development and publication of the new ALS diagnostic criteria, which are aimed to diminish ambiguity of patients’ diagnoses while also facilitating enrollment of patients into clinical trials.

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The WFN Congress Committee and Specialty Group on Rare Neurologic Diseases

This column is intended to explain the work of the WFN committees and specialty groups. All WFN committees and specialty groups are listed on the website for further information. The committees are essential parts of the WFN management and have specific duties to support activities of the WFN.

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New Paths of Sharing Science for Neurology Education in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health care innovation, notably in clinical neurology and neurophysiology, has been rapidly growing over the last few decades, both in terms of therapy and diagnosis. Hence, it is necessary to spread and share information along the various possible paths.

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History of Neurology: Treatment Evaluation Takes Time

History is the present seen through the eyes of the future. Now, more than ever, we are confronted with this aphorism, as one of the most impressive contemporary pandemics unrolls.

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7 Steps to Creating a Virtual Public Awareness Event for Neurological Diseases in an Era of Social Distancing

We would like to walk you through the seven steps we recommend for conducting a virtual public awareness event. This has really helped us to get our message out to the community on World Brain Day 2020 with a live event held at Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital Society in New Delhi (JSSHS), India. 

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World Brain Day Celebration in India

The theme of this year’s World Brain Day, “move together to end Parkinson’s disease,” is very relevant for patients, their caregivers, family physicians, and the general public, and therefore there was a lot of excitement about the event.

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Move Together to End Parkinson’s Disease: World Brain Day 2020 in Pakistan

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) promotes brain health through its education, skills development, and advocacy activities. Since 2014, the WFN has organized dedicated awareness drives in all the WFN member countries around the globe.

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Call for Papers

I have recently been appointed editor-in-chief of a new ELSEVIER online publication, Cerebral Circulation - Cognition and Behavior. The goal is to publish papers dealing with the arterial, venous, CSF, and glymphatic circulation and cognitive or behavioral aspects.

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WFN Neuroinfection Series: A Success Story Continues

The Tropical and Geographical Neurology Specialty Group of the World Federation of Neurology, in collaboration with the Forum for Indian Neurology Education (FINE), organized a neuroinfection webinar series held every Saturday from July 18 to Sept. 5. It was first educational activity of its kind by a WFN specialty group.

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International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases (ICNMD) Went Digital for 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost everything, including international meetings. ICNMD 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Valencia, Spain, in July 2020, was cancelled because of global travel restrictions.

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Parkinson’s Disease in Africa: A South African Perspective

The African continent has been experiencing rapid changes in recent decades, with increases in life expectancy. The average healthy life expectancy increased from 46.1 years in 1990 to 55.2 in 2017.

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A Great Time at The Neuro

A snowy Montréal received me on a Saturday in mid-November; the previous morning I sat my annual examination and then I was there—3,700 kilometers from Mexico City. After touring Montréal’s museums, Monday arrived and I visited Dr. Anne-Louise Lafontaine, chief of the Department of Neurology of the McGill University Health Centre at the Montreal General Hospital. Dr. Lafontaine was extremely kind, welcomed me warmly, and asked me about my plans for the observership and also for the future.

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