WFNS October 2020 Newsletter

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
Newsletter October 2020
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Dear Colleagues –

The October WFNS Newsletter focuses on reports by the President and/or Past-President of each of the Continental Societies of the issues they have faced and will be facing in the future.

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AASNS Continental Society Reports

AASNS: The Last Decade

The year 2020 has been a terrible year. However, the journey leading up to 2020 has been nothing short of remarkable for neurosurgery in our continent and our continental society, the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS). AASNS has played a significant role in the advancement of the discipline and has initiated educational activities in earnest to improve the standard of neurosurgery in our continent.


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CAANS Continental Society Report

CAANS has only been in existence since 2012. Prior to this, the African Continent’s neurosurgeons were represented by an umbrella neuroscience organization, PAANS, the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences, which was launched in Nairobi Kenya in 1972.

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EANS Continental Society Report

I am deeply honored to have served my fellow neurosurgical colleagues as President of our continental association, the EANS.

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FLANC Continental Society Report

The Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC) is our continental Federation. Twenty-three societies, 2 regional societies, and 3 extra continental societies are part of FLANC. There are over 10,000 neurosurgeons in Latin America but the official numbers may not accurately show the actual number of neurosurgeons as many of them have not joined any of the country societies.

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AANS Continental Society Report

Following is the report from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). We were forced to cancel the April 2020 Boston AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, planned as a global celebration of neurosurgery. We thank everyone who supported the planning process, especially the international collaborating societies: the Continental African Association of Neurosurgical Societies (CAANS) and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS).

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Global Neurosurgery Committee Report

The Global Neurosurgery Committee began its work in June of this year, and since then has been hard at work bringing together neurosurgeons from around the world to collectively address the unmet need for neurosurgical care. The goal is to implement our Global Action Plan, details of which can be found on the website, by the time of the next WFNS Special World Congress in Bogota, Colombia, in 2021.

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Virtual Congress ICRAN 2020

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1st Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons Virtual International Conference

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British Journal of Surgery Elective - Surgery in COVID-19 Patients

With at least 28 elective million operations delayed during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of patients who will require surgery after a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection is likely to increase rapidly1.

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World Neurosurgery - COVID-19 & Neurosurgical Training in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

On June 11, 2020, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)’ Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC) and Young Neurosurgeons Forum (YNF) discussed the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on training in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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Journal of Clinical Neuroscience - How SARS-Cov-2 can involve the central nervous system. A systematic analysis of literature of the department of human neurosciences of Sapienza University, Italy

Another highly pathogenic HCoV, currently called SARS-CoV-2, emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and spread rapidly around the world involving Europe and especially Italy in a dramatic way [79].

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Frontiers in Neurology - Neurological Aspects of SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Mechanisms and Manifestations

The human infection of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a public health emergency of international concern that has caused more than 16.8 million new cases and 662,000 deaths as of July 30, 2020.

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Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Impact of the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic on the Number of Strokes and Mechanical Thrombectomies: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

As of 13th July 2020, there have been 12,768,307 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has resulted in 566,654 deaths.1

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Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery - Trends in academic productivity in the COVID-19 era: analysis of neurosurgical, stroke neurology, and neurointerventional literature

On January 20, 2020, the first case of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States was confirmed.1

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Upcoming Events

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XVII WFNS WORLD CONGRESS OF NEUROSURGERY

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