WFNS August 2020 Newsletter

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
Newsletter August 2020
Message from the
Editor
The August WFNS Newsletter focuses on COVID-19 and diversity in neurosurgery.

The first item is the 2 July 2020 letter from the President and the Chair of Committee Activities, Franco Servadei and P. David Adelson respectively, regarding suspension of WFNS in-person meetings through the rest of 2020.

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Letter from WFNS President and Chair of Committee Activities

To all the Officers of the Administrative Council, Past Presidents, and to all Committee Chairs,

The worldwide pandemic crisis of COVID– 19 continues to impact us all professionally and personally. In many places there is now a “second wave” of infection as societies tried to open up to try and return business as usual. Our mission remains the same though, and that is to raise the level of neurosurgical knowledge globally, to provide the best care to our patients all across the world.


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RE: GlobalSurg | CovidSurg – Week study

We are writing to you on behalf of the GlobalSurg and CovidSurg collaboratives, two international surgical research networks joining efforts to deliver GlobalSurg | CovidSurg – Week.

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In Memoriam: A Memoir for Our Fallen “Heroes”

Even though neurosurgeons exercise these enormous and versatile skills, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the fabrics of the global neurosurgical family, jeopardizing human lives, and forcing the entire world to be locked down. We stand on the shoulders of the giants and will not forget their examples and their teachings. We will work to the best of our ability to honor their memory

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A systematic review of neurological manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection: the devil is hidden in the details

The clinical spectrum of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-2 infection is wide and encompasses asymptomatic infection, mild upper respiratory tract illness and severe viral pneumonia with respiratory failure and sometimes death. From a neurobiological and translational viewpoint, neurological manifestations can be expected in COVID-19.

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COVID- 19 and academic neurosurgery

On January 23, 2020, the Mass General Brigham Health System sent a first systemwide email broadcast to employees concerning the SARSCoV- 2 virus outbreak in China, and the impact of the associated disease syndrome commonly known as COVID- 19.

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Global Neurosurgery in the Time of COVID-19

In this editorial, the term global surgery includes neurosurgical care delivery as an integral component of surgical systems and the broader health systems.

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COVID-19 and SARS-Cov-2 Infection: Pathophysiology and Clinical Effects on the Nervous System

The clinical course of COVID-19 ranges from asymptomatic infection to severe acute respiratory distress with multiorgan involvement and death. The disease can cause extrapulmonary complications such as neurologic disorders, which are increasingly reported in the literature.

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Neurosurgery Residents’ Perspective on COVID-19: Knowledge, Readiness, and Impact of this Pandemic

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory tract viral infection, caused by the newly emergent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-COV-2).

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Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery 63rd Anniversary

In a blink of an eye it almost becomes possible to go back in time to the warm memories of the 1950s, deservedly known as the “Golden Years”. In a post-war scenario the most diverse areas have found room to flourish and leave a cherished legacy to this day.

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Women in Neurosurgery: A View from India

Women in ancient Rig Vedic times held the same or even a more exalted position than their male counterparts. They held high positions in government, education, and practice of religion and were completely involved in all domestic and social affairs.

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Chair’s Report: WIN-WFNS in Global Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery has 100 years of existence as a specialty. Colossal progress has been made since the birth of the specialty. However, we must ask ourselves the question:

“What is the place of women in neurosurgery?


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Diversity & Equality in European Neurosurgery–Opportunities for Growth

In the past months, the world has experienced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting far-reaching socioeconomic repercussions. These difficult times have exposed great disparities in wealth distribution across the globe, highlighting inequalities in all spheres of society, as the daily struggle for lives and livelihoods continues (1). While apparently grim, the Covid-19 pandemic has also created great opportunity for global solidarity and cooperation, underlining the importance of diversity and interdisciplinarity for effective problem-solving.

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Women in Neurosurgery: A Personal Contemplation

When I entered medical school in 1972 there were just ten female medical students of the total number of 300 new medical students that year. When I started my neurosurgical training, 40 years ago, female neurosurgical residents were an absolute exception, although during my six years of training, two female residents entered the program (but only one finished the training). Also, on a European level the situation was the same.

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Women in Neurosurgery: View from Canada

“Women in Neurosurgery” as a topic has been informed by several recent publications and discussed more and more frequently over the last years [1]. Why is that and what drives our neurosurgical community to pick up and reflect on this topic repetitively? What is so particular about women in neurosurgery that it deserves its own heading?

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Diversity in Neurosurgery: View from USA

The neurosurgical workforce is evolving. As individuals with backgrounds and identities historically underrepresented in the field are entering and excelling as neurosurgeons, there is an increasing recognition of the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. In this report, we highlight diversity issues in neurosurgery. We present evidence from other disciplines that illustrate the essential role of diversity, and demonstrate that both justice and excellence require the system-wide promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion in neurosurgery.

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XVII WFNS WORLD CONGRESS OF NEUROSURGERY

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