WFN, TNS Team to Present Turkish Initiative

Dr. Philip Babatunde Adebayo (right) visited Cerrahpasa. Courtesy Dr. Philip Babatunde Adebayo

Dr. Philip Babatunde Adebayo (right) visited Cerrahpasa. Courtesy Dr. Philip Babatunde Adebayo

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the Turkish Neurological Society (TNS) are delighted to be partnering for another year to present the Turkish Initiative.

The Turkish Neurological Society (TNS) was founded in 1992 and currently has 1,400 members. The aims of the society include contributing to the national and international awareness, diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases at the best possible standards. The TNS is scientifically active and has high standards of education. Turkish-trained neurologists can enter the UEMS/EBN European board examination.

The WFN, whose aim is to foster brain heath worldwide, has 117 country members and works to foster brain health at an international level, and works in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as others.

Project Description

The TNS would like to support the African initiatives of the WFN by inviting two African colleagues to visit the Neurology department of a Turkish University Hospital for a duration of four weeks. The purpose is to experience the modern Turkish medical system in an international environment, meet new colleagues and foster future cooperation.

The hosting departments will be Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine (Istanbul), and Gazi University Faculty of Medicine (Ankara). Both university hospitals have an English curriculum Medical School and feature various subunits of the Neurology Department (electrophysiology, stroke, epilepsy, sleep medicine, neuro-ophthalmology, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders).



The visit will take place during November 2013 to coincide with TNS’ Annual National Neurology Congress, which will take place in Antalya.

Details About Support

The TNS will provide the following support:

  • Travel expenses Africa – Turkey – Africa
  • Accommodations during four weeks
  • Living expenses (food and beverage) during four weeks
  • Costs of health insurance during the stay in Turkey (to be arranged by the applicant; the costs will be refunded)
  • Sponsored attendance to TNS’ Annual National Neurology Congress in Antalya

Criteria for Applications

  • The applicant must be a resident of a developing country from the African continent.
  • The applicant must be born after Dec. 31, 1970.
  • The applicant must be a qualified neurologist.

Evaluation Committee

  • Wolfgang Grisold (Co-Chair Education Committee, WFN)
  • Serefnur Öztürk (Vice President, TNS)
  • Stephan Sergey (Co-Chair Education Committee, WFN)
  • Ayse Bora Tokçaer (General Secretary, TNS)

Deadline for Application

To apply, applicants must submit their CV, a supporting statement and a letter of recommendation from their Head of Department by Monday, July 1, 2013, by email to

For questions regarding your application, or to apply, please contact Sarah Garry, WFN project coordinator, at the administrative office of the WFN Education Committee: Kenes Associations Worldwide, 1 Euston Square, 40 Melton St., London NW1 2FD, by email at or by phone at +44 (0) 207 383 8040.