Letter from the editors

Steven L. Lewis, MD, Walter Struhal, MD

Welcome to the April 2021 issue of World Neurology. This issue begins with the President’s Column, where WFN President William M. Carroll thoroughly reviews the performance of the WFN during the pandemic. Next, Dr. Jose M. Ferro provides an extensive and authoritative update on the status of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) and vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, and provides important information on the International Consortium on CVT Registry.

Also in this issue, WFN Vice President Ryuji Kaji informs us of the decision and news that the WCN 2021 will be a fully virtual congress, and he updates us on the planning and fee structure for this important and exciting event, for which a tremendous number of abstracts have been received.

In this issue’s column on the WFN Committees and Specialty Groups, WFN Secretary-General Wolfgang Grisold, James L. Bernat, and Tissa Wijeratne report on the many activities of the WFN Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee and the important activities of the newly reconvened Neuroethics Specialty Group chaired by Dr. Bernat.

Tissa Wijeratne, Wolfgang Grisold, Rachel King, and William Carroll announce the topic of this year’s World Brain Day (WBD 2021), devoted to the topic of multiple sclerosis and being held jointly with the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF). In this issue’s report from the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Editor-in-Chief John D. England announces the publication of the Special Issue on Tropical Neurology, an issue of importance to neurologists worldwide.

In this issue’s WFN Training Center report, Dr. Lawrence Tucker, head of the division of Neurology at the University of Cape Town, reports on the new WFN Training Center at Grote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospitals, and the arrival of the first WFN sponsored trainee from Ghana.

In the history column, Peter J. Koehler details the intriguing historical underpinnings of tabes dorsalis and the Romberg test. Dr. Stefan Oberndorfer provides a concise update on cancer therapy and neurotoxicity.

Drs. Chandrashekhar Meshram, JMK Murthy, Nirmal Surya, and U. Meenakshisundaram report on the successful public awareness event held in India in collaboration between the Tropical and Geographical Neurology Specialty Group of the WFN and the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) to celebrate the Brain Health initiative to raise awareness for the importance of brain health. Finally, in this issue’s Department Visit Report, Dr. Ani-Osheky Ifeyinwa from Nigeria reports on her pre-pandemic visit to the neurology department of the Selçuk University in Konya, Turkey.

Thanks again to all of our readers for your interest in World Neurology. We look forward to continued submissions from neurologists and neurological societies from around the world to inform all neurologists about the many activities, events, and opportunities you create to enhance the field of neurology and neurologic health. •