With the upcoming Istanbul WFNS 2017 Congress in August, it is appropriate that this issue of the Newsletter focus on neurosurgical education and training. The first article is a letter from Prof Uğur Türe, President of the WFNS 2017 Congress, updating the plans for this premier conference for neurosurgeons worldwide.
With the great trust put in us, we are determined, now more than ever, to deliver a state-of-the-art cutting edge congress, worthy of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.
The historical roots of the European Union lie in the Second World War. Europeans were determined to prevent such killing and destruction from ever happening again. Soon after the war, Europe was split into East and West as the 40-year-long Cold War began.
It is an honor and a privilege to reach neurosurgeons around the world through this issue of the WFNS Newsletter. It brings back so many old memories in my mind, when one day I received an invitation to pen a newsletter. I can see that my life was divided in different periods.
Born into a military family in 1951, Ling Feng joined the army at 16 and was accepted into Shanghai No. 3 Military Medical University in 1970. Upon graduation, she was sent to work in Nanjing General Hospital in the capital of east China's Jiangsu Province. Four years later, she began training in neurosurgery at Capital Medical University, then pursued further studies in interventional neuroradiology in Paris.