Dear Colleagues and Friends,
This Istanbul Congress is a very special event as for both EFNS and ENS, it will be the last one. Rather than the end of a story, this is actually the beginning of a new one as during this meeting, the board of the new European Academy of Neurology (EAN) will be elected and this board will be in charge of organizing the first EAN Congress in Berlin in June 2015.
The joint EFNS-ENS Congress Programme Committee has managed to combine up-to-date review lectures by leading experts, arranged in various forms including 8 symposia, 23 focused workshops, 5 special sessions, 3 practical sessions and 3 interactive sessions. The topics covered range from preclinical neuroscience to mechanisms of disease, treatment and practical training. They address practicing experienced neurologists as well as residents and therefore the programme also includes 25 teaching courses that have been classified in three levels allowing everyone to make the best selection.
Much time and space will be devoted to oral and poster presentations as a Congress like this one is alive only if delegates play an active role by communicating their own experience and research. This most importantly concerns our youngest colleagues who represent the future of European neurology and thus of the European Academy of Neurology. On behalf of both the EFNS Management Committee and of the ENS Executive Committee, we welcome them warmly.
All this is in line with the traditions of both ENS and EFNS and organising an annual European general neurology congress will also be one of the major realisations of the imminent EAN as stated in its bylaws.
We are convinced that the now unique European general neurology congress that therefore is a multidisciplinary meeting will allow the various subfields to interact for the best of the care of our patients.
We also would like to point out that the future EAN will be an open society, open to interaction with patient organisations, with other fields of medicine, with basic neuroscience and with the other continents. In that respect, Istanbul as a location is symbolic and we welcome all our colleagues from the other parts of the world who we trust will become partners sharing our mission to promote excellence in neurology.
Jaques De Reuck & Gustave Moonen
co-chairpersons of the Joint EFNS/ENS Congress Programme Committee