Candidate Statement for WFN Trustee: Fernando Cendes

Fernando Cendes

It is with great enthusiasm that I present my candidacy for the position of elected trustee at the WFN 2024 elections. I have the commitment, expertise, and background necessary. I am deeply committed to supporting the WFN’s mission and am eager to contribute my skills and experience to this important work.

I am a former Fellow and completed my PhD at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, Canada (1991-1997), where I have an appointment as a part-time adjunct professor.

I have been a full-time neurology professor since 1997 and am currently the head of the Neurology Department at the University of Campinas, São Paulo state, Brazil. Our university hospital is a referral center for about four million people with complex neurological diseases. In addition to patient care, I teach and train undergrad and graduate students and neurology residents.

I am the principal investigator of The Brazilian Research Institute for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology (BRAINN), which is one of the Research, Innovation, and Dissemination Centers (RIDC) sponsored by FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) with a 12-year operational grant. This center investigates the basic mechanisms leading to epilepsy and stroke, combining genetics, neurobiology, pharmacology, neuroimaging, computer sciences, robotics, physics, and engineering.

My service as an educator in neurology goes beyond my institution in the form of numerous lectures, teaching seminars, invited conferences worldwide, and participation in various international commissions in the International League Against Epilepsy and other societies. I also served as a member of the program subcommittee of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and a delegate to the WFN for the Brazilian Academy of Neurology.

I am the newly appointed editor-in-chief of Epilepsia, and I serve on several editorial boards. My research is focused on epilepsy, neuroimaging, and clinical neuroscience, with more than 500 papers published. •