Montreal Neurological Institute and Canadian Neurological Society

Department Visit Program

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), together with the Canadian Neurological Society (CNS), are pleased to invite two colleagues from Central and South America to visit the Neurology Department of the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

The MNI was founded in 1934 by Dr. Wilder Penfield and has become the largest specialized neuroscience complex in Canada. Among its specialized clinics are those for movement disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rare diseases, pain, brain tumors and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Last year, it received more than 42,000 ambulatory patient visits, more than 28,000 diagnostic tests were carried out and brain surgeons performed some 1,800 procedures. Always at the forefront of innovation, the MNI was the gateway to Canada for technologies like encephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and computer-assisted tomography.

The CNS was established in 1948 and represented both neurologists and neurosurgeons. In 1965, the original CNS was dissolved, and two new societies were created to represent the two distinct groups, i.e., the Canadian Neurological Society (modern day CNS) and the Canadian Neurosurgical Society.

The mission of the CNS is to enhance the care of patients with diseases of the nervous system through education, advocacy, and improved methods of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.

The WFN was formed in Brussels in 1957 as an association of national neurological societies. Today, the WFN represents 120 professional societies in all regions of the world. The mission of the WFN is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide, a goal we seek to achieve by promoting global neurological education and training, with the emphasis placed firmly on under-resourced parts of the world.


The MNI and CNS would like to support the Central and South American initiative of the WFN by inviting two neurology trainees or junior faculty who are within five years of certification in neurology to visit the MNI for a duration of four weeks.

The purpose is to experience the Canadian neurological system in an international environment, meet new colleagues and foster future cooperation.

More information about the MNI can be found at

The visit will take place during Spring 2018.


The MNI will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses: Central or South America — Montreal, Canada — Central or South America

  • Accommodations for four weeks

  • Living expenses (food and beverage) during the four weeks

  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Canada


  • The applicant must be a resident of a country in Central or South America

  • The applicant must be a neurology resident or junior neurology faculty within five years of completion of training

  • Evaluation Committee: Two representatives of the Canadian Neurological Society (CNS), two representatives of the WFN Education Committee, and two representatives from the Pan American Federation of Neurological Societies (PAFNS)


To apply, submit your CV, a supporting statement, and a letter of recommendation from the head of the department by Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, to Jade Roberts, WFN education coordinator, at