Calling All MS Researchers

MSIF offers grants for researchers from low- and middle-income countries

By Anne Helme

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) is inviting applications for McDonald Fellowships and Du Pré grants for researchers or clinicians working in a low- or middle-income country, who would like funding to expand their expertise and build partnerships with other countries. The deadline for application is July 21, 2019.

Members of the MSIF Research Alumni Network at ECTRIMS 2018.

McDonald Fellowships enable young researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work in a research institution outside their own country, with a view to returning to their country to establish a program of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques, to help transform the MS landscape in their home country. The fellowship consists of a two-year grant of £30,000 GBP per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of £2,000 GBP per year to the host institution. Find out more at

Du Pré grants fund short visits by researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to established MS research centers outside their own country, either to learn from each other or to carry out parts of joint research projects. Visits generally last between two and six months. Each grant is up to a maximum of £6,000 GBP. The funds are intended to go toward travel and living costs, or to supplement an existing grant to extend a visit. Find out more at •

Helme is the head of research and access at the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

CNC: Meeting in Cairo

Prof. Maged Abdel Naseer

The Egyptian Society of Neurology was founded in 1955. It serves as a minaret of neurological education, brainstorming of new ideas and sharing of updates.

Speakers for the opening ceremony.

Gunther Deuschl, from Germany, provides his introductory remarks

Since 1999, members of the society have been holding an annual conference in the capital city under the name of the Cairo International Neurology Conference (CNC).

More than 700 attendees enriched the 2019 conference with their participation in various pre-conference workshops, including epilepsy, EEG in the ICU, headache, stroke medicine and neurointervention, neuromuscular ultrasound, and movement disorders. This was followed by conference symposia and sessions showing a mosaic attendance from all over Egypt.

This year’s 20th CNC was a special one because it was honored by the presence of neurology experts from different parts of the world in addition to different Arab countries including Libya, Sudan, Jordan, Tunisia, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Interesting, for the first time in many years, Iraqi experts were able to make it to the CNC.

The story that began with the pharaohs will never end. •

Prof. Maged Abdel Naseer is the WFN delegate from Egypt.