News from the 1st Congress of the European Academy of Neurology

BY Jacques L. Dereuck, MD, PHD

The 1st European Academy of Neurology (EAN) congress will be held in Berlin, Germany, from June 20 to 23, 2015.

Berlin was chosen as a symbolic place, where the walls separating the city in two parts were broken down more than 20 years ago. Now the walls between the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) and the European Neurological Society (ENS) also have disappeared and a united European Academy of Neurology has been created. The congress is one of the most important achievements in Europe, showing that although there are important differences in practicing neurology in the different European countries some common goals can be achieved.

The EAN congress has been enthusiastically endorsed by most European neurologists and structured as most academies of neurology, with teaching courses, hands-on-courses, plenary symposia, interactive sessions, focused workshops, special sessions, free oral communication and poster sessions. In addition, tournaments in basic and clinical neurology for young neurologists are scheduled.

Almost 2,000 abstracts have been submitted, from which 168 will be presented as oral communications and 1,556 as poster presentations.

The creation of the EAN will reinforce the impact of world neurology on health care, showing that progression in diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases is one of the most important issues to be reached.

Dr. De Reuck is the chairperson of the WFN Membership Committee.