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The crisis we are currently facing is unprecedented in every way. Just a few months ago, we were talking about developing targeted gene therapies for a spectrum of diseases, including ultrarare diseases. Only a few weeks later, the health care system finds itself overburdened and undersupplied to the point where we are talking about rationing health care
This is the most important event in the last century. Arguably, aside from the tragic loss of life, the widespread and virtually simultaneous shutdown of global and regional economies, and the restriction of individual movements and travel with the enforcement of social distancing has no precedent. Wars, nuclear bombs, AIDS, global financial crises, and the threat of global warming have not done so much, so rapidly, to so many.

COVID-19: A Neurologist’s Perspective

The crisis we are currently facing is unprecedented in every way. Just a few months ago, we were talking about developing targeted gene therapies for a spectrum of diseases, including ultrarare diseases. Only a few weeks later, the health care system finds itself overburdened and undersupplied to the point where we are talking about rationing health care

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It’s All About COVID-19

This is the most important event in the last century. Arguably, aside from the tragic loss of life, the widespread and virtually simultaneous shutdown of global and regional economies, and the restriction of individual movements and travel with the enforcement of social distancing has no precedent. Wars, nuclear bombs, AIDS, global financial crises, and the threat of global warming have not done so much, so rapidly, to so many.

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From the Editors

We would like to welcome all neurologists from around the globe to this issue of World Neurology, and at the start would like to again wish you, your families, and your patients all the best of health and safety at this time.

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Message From the WFN President About World Brain Day 2020

World Brain Day is July 22, 2020. This year, we are excited to announce that the World Federation of Neurology is partnering with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

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Alberto Portera-Sánchez, Pioneer of Modern Spanish Neurology

Prof. Alberto Portera-Sánchez died on November 30, 2019, in Madrid at the age of 91. He was born in Caspe, Saragossa, Spain. He graduated in medicine in 1950 in Spain and then he obtained the specialization in pediatrics and neurology in Paris and in the U.S. (at the Universities of Georgetown in Washington and in Maryland). In 1960, he returned to Spain and worked as a clinical neurologist in Madrid in several hospitals (private and public), mainly in the Clínico de San Carlos Hospital, where his neurological clinical sessions were successful and crowded with colleagues and medical students.

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World Brain Day 2020 Moves to End Parkinson’s Disease

World Brain Day was launched in 2014. Since then, the WFN, jointly with other international societies such as International League Against Epilepsy, World Stroke Organization, and the International Headache Society, chooses a topic with a view to drive home the importance of brain health and promote better neurological care globally.

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Committees of the WFN

The committees of the WFN contribute greatly to the work of the WFN. The chairs are appointed by the trustees, and the committee is composed of members of the regions.

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Neurological Meetings in Transylvania

Over the past 15 years, there have been three annual international events in the field of neurology organized by the Society for the Study of Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity (SSNN). The society was established in 2005 by an international group of clinicians and basic researchers at the initiative of Prof. Dafin F. Muresanu, MD, Romania, with the scope of promoting a strong collaboration platform for translational medicine, in an attempt to strengthen stronger collaboration between the academics and clinicians.

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Editor’s Update for the Journal of the Neurological Sciences Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented medical, social, and economic crisis. Although the respiratory system is the major site of infection with SARS-CoV-2, many other complications are now recognized. Although not initially suspected, neurological features of COVID-19 do occur. In fact, for patients who recover from the respiratory disease, neurological complications may be one of the severe lasting features of COVID-19. New information on COVID-19 becomes available very quickly, often on a daily basis.

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Junior Traveling Fellowship Reports From The 24th World Congress of Neurology

The 24th World Congress of Neurology was held held Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Many topics were presented by well-known experts worldwide. Formal and informal meetings in the congress gave an excellent opportunity to greet and meet or to share an exchange of knowledge and ideas, even on ongoing research projects to enhance and collaborate. This event was the best opportunity for new networking and contact with others.

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