Editors' Cover Letter

Dear Colleagues –

The first item of the April Newsletter is a report by the President of the Ukrainian Association of Neurosurgeons, Oleksandr Voznyak, entitled “Ukraine: Cemetery of Illusions”.
The time has long passed for any physician to “look the other way” when confronted with mass casualties created by totally “treatable” conditions – whether that “treatable condition” be rampant gun violence in the USA, an autocratic military junta in Burma/Myanmar, or murderous leadership in Russia. The best treatment for neurotrauma is prevention: we owe it to our patients (and our neurosurgical colleagues in countries from Burma to Ukraine) to do everything in our collective power to combat these “disorders” that lead to unnecessary mass casualties. Please read Oleksandr Voznyak’s report and respond with commitment.

The next item is the report of the 17th World Congress of Neurosurgery (WFNS 2022) held March 13-18 in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Newsletter will present reports from WFNS Committees and member Societies to keep everyone better informed of activities and upcoming events. This Newsletter includes:
(1) A report from the WFNS Neurotrauma Committee on its activities during the recent World Congress in Bogotá.
(2) A report from the WFNS Global Neurosurgery Committee on its activities during the recent World Congress in Bogotá.
(3) A report from CAANS on the recent activities of this WFNS Continental Society.
(4) A summary of a March 5 webinar entitled “Scientific Publication in Nuerosurgery” from the WFNS Spine and Education Committees.
(5) An announcement of a two-month long Cerebral ECIC Bypass Fellowship at České
Budějovice and Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, sponsored by the WFNS Cerebrovascular and Therapy and Education Committees.

The final items are announcements of upcoming Continental Society conferences:
(1) The 16th Asian Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgeons Congress, September 6-8, Jerusalem, Israel.
(2) The European Congress of Neurosurgery, October 16-20, Belgrade, Serbia.
(3) The Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies CAANS 2022 Congress, November 7-11, Nairobi, Kenya.
(4) The 40th Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies CLAN 2022, November 19- 24, Miami, FL, USA.

Please let us know how the Newsletter can serve you better!

Mohammad Raji Mahmud
Laura Lippa
Angelos Kolias
Roxanna Garcia
Hira Burhan
Russell Andrews
Amro Al-Habib

August 2022