WFNS February 2021 Newsletter

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
Newsletter February 2021
Message from the
Editor
Dear Colleagues –

“Never let a crisis go to waste!”

In addition to the 8 Standing Committees of the WFNS, there are nearly 30 ad hoc Committees. Since we are now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a good time to learn how the activities of the various ad hoc Committees have adapted to the pandemic.

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Cerebrovascular Diseases & Therapy Committee Report

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Complications in Neurosurgery Committee Report

Two highly successful and impressive International Conferences on Complications in Neurosurgery (1st and 2nd ICCN) were conducted in March 2017 and January 2019, respectively. Reflecting on the kind of response obtained at these meetings it became amply clear that Neurosurgeons from across the world, from the very young (including residents-in-training) to the senior-most (even retired professors) regarded this as a breakthrough in Neurosurgery.

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Global Neurosurgery Committee Report

The Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC) was created with the aim of aligning and coordinating the global neurosurgery activities of the different committees of the WFNS in order to foster collaborative and synergistic efforts. WFNS, as well as many other neurosurgical societies and organizations, has been actively involved in promoting and supporting global neurosurgery, and the goal of the GNC is to identify all the various stakeholders involved, develop partnerships, and coordinate their activities under the WFNS umbrella.

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Mass Casualty Committee Report

The Mass Casualty Committee was installed in the WFNS during the Istanbul World Congress in August 2017. Since then, we have been trying to make a specific platform for Neurosurgeons against mass casualty in this committee.

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Report of the Medal of Honor Committee

The function of this Ad Hoc committee of the WFNS is to select surgeons with outstanding achievements in the field of neurological surgery both scientifically and professionally to receive the Medal of Honor at the WFNS Interim Meeting and World Congress.

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Neuro-Oncology Committee Report

The global COVID-19 pandemia scrambled all plans the Neuro-oncology Committee (NOC) had launched for 2020.

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Neurotraumatology Committee Report

Like so many other WFNS Ad Hoc Committees, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the activities of the Neurotraumatology Committee since March 2020. However, the Committee has made significant progress in addressing the need for neurotrauma care worldwide.

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Committee Report

Pediatric Neurosurgical Committee (PNC) activities were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic like the rest of the world. In 2020 we could have some “normal” activities only in the beginning of the year, mainly, January and February.

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WFNS Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee Report on activities (October 2019-January 2021)

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Skull Base Committee Report

Despite the pandemic year, the Skull Base Committee and the North American Skull Base Society, the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery (SBN), the Latin-American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC), the Mexican Society of Neurological Surgery, the Argentinian Association of Neurosurgery and Ircad-Strasbourg have organized several webinars, which reached a large number of neurosurgeons all over the world.

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Spine Committee Report

The Spine Committee website (http://wfns-spine.org) is active, including meetingannouncements, newsletters, recommendations, webinar recordings, etc.

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Radiosurgery Committee Report

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Scoville Award Committee Report

It is my great honor, outstanding privilege and distinct pleasure to inform, as Chairman of the Scoville Award Committee, that Professor Ossama Al-Mefty has been nominated as the recipient of this remarkable distinction.

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Women in Neurosurgery Committee Report

This horrible year brought mourning to our entire planning and deprived us of our face-to- face meetings. We have lost also many of our brilliant colleagues from everywhere particularly the pioneer of women neurosurgeons in Indonesia (Jeanne Winatku).

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Young Neurosurgeons Forum Committee (in collaboration with the Young African Neurosurgeons Forum)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of injury-related deaths globally. Dewan et al. reported that Lower-and-Middle Income Countries (LMIC), carry three times the burden of TBI compared to high-income countries (HIC)1.

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Message from the President of the XVII World Congress of Neurosurgery, Bogotá, Colombia | August 29- September 3 2021

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to reach all the colleagues in the neurosurgery community on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the XVII World Congress of Neurosurgery (WFNS 2021), hoping that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.


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Upcoming Events
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Aug 2021
XVII WFNS WORLD CONGRESS OF NEUROSURGERY

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