The Chilean capital Santiago will host the XXII World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2015), the world's biggest and most important neurology event. About 3.500participants are expected to attend this major scientificmeeting which will be held at the Casa Piedra, Centro de Eventos, Congresos y Exhibiciones, from October 31 to November 5, 2015. More than 220 renowned invited speakers from all fields of neurology will lecture on latest developments in their fields of expertise.
The WCN 2015 is organized by the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) together with the Sociedad de Neurología Psiquiatría y Neurocirugía de Chile.
The timely Congress motto is “Changing Neurology Worldwide”. The Congress provides an impressive overview of the achievements of modern neurology, a medical discipline which will gain more importance not just in view of demographic developments.
“According to the World Health Organisation, neurological disorders are responsible for between 4.5 and 11 per cent of all illnesses, depending on whether you are looking at low- or high-income economies. This is far higher than the number of respiratory ailments, gastrointestinal disorders or malignant tumours. And the burden is set to increase dramatically in the years to come”, says WFN President Dr Raad Shakir.
“Many people all over the world have either no access or only inadequate access to neurological care. We must therefore be very vocal in our support for more global cooperation in research as well as training and continuing education”, according to WFN Secretary General Prof Wolfgang Grisold.
Against the background of an increase in neurological diseases on the global scale the World Congress of Neurology will feature important topics such asdementia, stroke, headache, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, pain management, genetics in neurology, gender-related issues, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders or neuro-oncology.
„Chile and many countries in Latin America are leaving behind the health problems of underdevelopment, and are facing the diseases of aging. We are developing techniques in genetics, neuro-radiology or rehabilitation”, Congress President? Dr Renato Verdugounderlines. “It is the right time to have a World Congress of Neurology in Chile.”