From the Editors

By Steven L. Lewis, MD, Editor,  and Walter Struhal, MD, Co-Editor

Walter Struhal, MD

Steven L. Lewis

Welcome to the January/February 2019 issue of World Neurology, the official newsletter of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). This issue begins with the report by Dr. Chandrashekhar Meshram and Dr. Raad Shakir (WFN immediate past President), who report on the second International Tropical and Geographical Neurology Conference (INTROPICON) held in Sao Paolo, Brazil, by the Tropical and Geographical Neurology Applied Research Group (ARG) of the WFN.

Next, Dr. Derya Uluduz reports on the many activities that occurred throughout Turkey during World Stroke Day 2018. In this issue’s President’s Column, WFN President William Carroll provides his update and summary of the first 12 months of the new WFN executive administration and an important reminder to all neurologists of the upcoming World Congress of Neurology (WCN) to be held in Dubai Oct. 27-31, 2019.

Dr. Mustapha el Alaoui Faris next provides a summary of the neurology in migrants meeting recently held in Marrakech by the WFN ARG on Migrant Neurology. WFN Secretary General Wolfgang Grisold then reports on the “Advances in Neuroscience and New Strategies for Preventing and Treating Brain Diseases” Conference recently held in Moscow. In this issue’s History Column, Peter Koehler informs us about the rich history of Dutch neuroscientists in Beijing with Rockefeller Foundation support.

This issue also features a number of reports from recipients of WFN Junior Traveling Fellowships to present their work at international conferences, as well as recipients of department visits (observerships cosponsored by national neurological societies and the WFN), highlighting the success of these international educational initiatives and fruitful partnerships.

This issue features a brief announcement of the very recent passing of Professor Jagjit S. Chopra, the founding President of the Indian Academy of Neurology and previous editor of World Neurology. The upcoming issue of World Neurology will feature more on the lives and remarkable contributions of  both Dr. Chopra and Professor James W. Lance, a past Vice President of the WFN, who also recently passed away as the current issue went to press.

Finally, this issue features an important announcement and reminder of the Tournament of the Minds at the WCN in Dubai, and the benefits of member societies’ teams registering for this very entertaining and educational aspect of the WCN. More information can be found at