Letter from the editors

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

Steven L. Lewis, MD, Walter Struhal, MD

We would like to welcome you to the December 2020 issue of World Neurology, the final issue of this remarkable year. This issue begins with the exciting news from WFN President William Carroll about the recent decision by the World Health Assembly on Nov. 12, 2020, to adopt Resolution WHA73.10, calling for a global action plan to combat epilepsy and other neurologic disorders.

With regard to the WFN as a source of high-level global neurologic education, this issue features the article by Nobutaka Arai, head of the Laboratory of Neuropathology at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, whose website teaching neuroanatomic and neuropathologic concepts is available free to all neurologists worldwide and available as a link in the article and on the WFN website.

In addition, Prof. Riadh Gouider provides an exciting update and the successful statistics from the recent WFN/AFAN e-learning Day, which took place in October and was attended by hundreds of neurologists worldwide.

Wolfgang Grisold, Claire J. Creutzfeldt, Gillian Mead, and Fergus N. Doubal provide their report on the recent teaching course they organized for the World Stroke Organization and European Stroke Organization on palliative care for patients with stroke, as an emerging and necessary development in the care of stroke patients.

This issue also offers an inspiring article, reprinted with permission from the Royal Society (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/doctor-can-journey-bedwin-boy-eastern-sudan-professor-neurology) describing the journey of Prof. Osheik Seidi from Sudan.

In this issue’s History column, Prof. Peter Koehler provides us with additional insights into the background and interests of the anatomist Sylvius, of aqueduct and lateral fissure fame.

In his column on WFN Committees and Specialty Groups, WFN Secretary-General Wolfgang Grisold updates us on the activities of the e-Communications Committee and the Aphasia, Dementia, and Cognitive Disorders Specialty Group of the WFN.

This issue also features a nicely illustrated and thoughtful report from the recent participant in the WFN department visit at St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway, an opportunity created through the generosity of and wonderful planning from the Norwegian Neurological Association.

Finally, the issue concludes with a heartfelt obituary of Dr. Juan Rafael Santoni Mendoza, a father of Dominican neurology.

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2021 and look forward to your reports and suggestions for articles in the new year! •