EAN Breaking News Session Tackles Zika Virus

By Steven L. Lewis, MD


On May 29, 2016, Zika virus infections of the nervous system were the topic of a very well-attended breaking news session co-moderated by Drs. Eric Schmutzhardt and Raad Shakir (1) at the 2nd Annual European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The session included talks by Dr. Shakir (2), president of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), who spoke on behalf of Dr. John England, chair of the WFN Zika Committee, about Zika virus and its implications for world neurology.



Dr. John Hiscott (3), of the Istituto Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti in Rome, Italy, spoke about what is now known about the immunological and virological aspects of Zika virus infection.


Dr. Hugh Willison (4), from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, presented the newest information about the association of Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome.



The final speaker, Dr. André Luiz Santos Pessoa (5), from the Hospital Infantil Albert Sabin in Brazil, brought the audience up to date with regard to the most critical information pertaining to Zika virus infections in newborns and children.