World Congress of Neurology will Engage Key, New and Non-traditional Stakeholders Across the Globe

By Renato Verdugo

As the XXII World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2015) is just a few short months away, how can we not be excited about a scientific program that will usher in delegates from around the globe and will be led by some of the world’s leading industry experts? Chock-full of plenary sessions, teaching courses and workshops, a Tournament of the Minds, and regional and sponsored symposia, WCN will set the stage for networking opportunities, for learning and for important information sharing.

We are looking forward to receiving research papers from around the world in the coming months. In fact, we’ve had an overwhelming response with papers already received that focus on some of the latest developments in neurology, matched with uniquely innovative research in the field. As a result of the countless papers received to date, we have extended the abstract submission deadline to accommodate our colleagues from around the world. The new deadline for abstract submission is now May 7, 2015.

The major abstract submission topics include: epilepsy, movement disorders, stroke, neuro-critical care, dementia, MS and demyelinating diseases, neuromuscular disorders, headache, pain, neurorehabilitation and CNS infections. Take the opportunity to learn more about abstract submission topics and other congress information on the WCN website,

The months leading up to this influential event have raised the bar on the WCN’s objectives and its activities around the globe. Most important is the bringing together of the world’s scientific experts and true leaders in their fields to catalyze and advance neurology in the scientific community. To that end, the congress is an elite meeting platform for community leaders, scientists and policymakers to promote and enhance programmatic collaboration. It is here that they can effectively address regional, national and local responses to neurology around the world and overcome those obstacles that limit access to prevention, care and much-needed services. Lastly and perhaps, most importantly, is that WCN successfully engages key, new and non-traditional stakeholders across the globe, reaching out to future leaders and decision-makers. It is these men and women in our industry who will embrace the congress theme, “Changing Neurology Worldwide,” helping to make it a reality.

Santiago, Chile, is a prosperous, prominent and colorful stage for WCN 2015. There are numerous reasons to bring WCN to Santiago, Chile. Today, Chile is one of South America’s most stable and affluent nations. It leads other Latin American nations in human resource development, competitiveness, income per capita and globalization, and it reigns supreme as a country on the road to long-term peace and economic freedom. Chile also ranks high on a regional scale in sustainability and in democratic development. In May 2010, Chile became the first South American nation to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Chile is a founding member of the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Since July 2013, Chile has been viewed by the World Bank as a “high-income economy,” and has been deemed a developed nation.

We are extending an invitation to the upcoming World Congress of Neurology in Santiago, Chile, to share in the region’s developments and strengths in research. We are leaving behind the health problems of underdevelopment, and are facing the diseases of aging. We are developing innovative techniques in genetics, neuroradiology, rehabilitation and related disciplines. The result is an explosion in the number of young neurologists and an expansion in their geographical distribution. In this context, it is the right time to host the World Congress of Neurology in Chile. This important industry gathering will have an impact on the country and on in the entire Latin American region. It
will not be just another event. You and your colleagues will have a hand in contributing to the ever-changing neurology landscape.

Remember that Santiago is the nation’s capital and the largest city in terms of population and employment. It is the country’s pride and its center for political, economic, cultural and industrial activities and one of the most modern capital cities on the continent. It is a safe, vibrant
and cosmopolitan center with world-class venues, cuisine and renowned tourist attractions and sites.

If you want to reach key thought leaders, academic and industry researchers and clinicians or learn about the latest developments in neurology in Latin America and around the world, then this year’s World Congress of Neurology in Santiago, Chile, at the prominent CasaPiedra Event and Conference Center, is the place to be October 31 to November 5, 2015. We look forward to connecting with old friends, engaging young neurologists and professionals, and, together, taking the next steps in advancing neurology worldwide.