Neurosonology in Shymkent, Kazakhstan Meeting Promotes Ultrasonic Techniques and Research

By Nazira Zharkinbekova, MD

The Neurosonology Specialty Group (NSG) of the WFN, formerly known as the Neurosonology Applied Research Group, is dedicated to the promotion of science and research as well as of education and training in the field of ultrasonic techniques and its clinical utilization. Therefore, international cooperation and the dissemination of scientific information within the field of neurosciences and neurosonology is part of NSG WFN activities.

Participants of the first NSG of the WFN meeting in Kazakhstan.

In April, the South Kazakhstan Medical Academy (Shymkent, Kazakhstan) in cooperation with NSG of the WFN, successfully conducted a five-day transcranial doppler (TCD) workshop. There were 42 participants, mainly neurologists and a few neurosurgeons, surgeons, and neurointensivists from nine cities (Astana, Almaty, Shykment, Aktobe, Karaganda, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Turkestan, Kostanay, and Tara). This course was designed for individuals who are interested in performing and interpreting TCD studies.

The faculty discussed the current status of TCD and some specific clinical applications, including the clinical value of TCD for confirmation of total cerebral blood flow cessation in patient with clinical diagnosis of brain death. Part of the meeting was dedicated to the hands-on practice.

The lectures was delivered by A. Razumovsky, PhD, FAHA, who currently serves as a secretary for NSG of the WFN.

At the closing ceremony when the local course directors (Dr. Zharkinbekova, MD, Dr. Z. Bapayev, MD, first vice rector for strategic development and innovation for South Kazakhstan Medical Academy; K. Kabulov, dean of the faculty of advanced training; and Dr. Alexander Razumovsky, PhD, FAHA, as a representative of NSG of the WFN) delivered the participation certificates, there was much cheer and enthusiasm.

The next NSG WFN accredited course will take place at the WFN XXIV World Congress Oct. 27, 2019, in Dubai, UAE. •

Dr. N. Zharkinbekova, MD, is the head of the department of neurology, psychiatry, and psychology of the South Kazakhstan Medical Academy in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.