Marianne de Visser, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
I was looking forward to this meeting, but it exceeded all my expectations. Excellent speakers, very relevant topics…. My two highlights were the “Year of the Brain 2014” i.e. the Plenary session and the Tournament in “basic neurology”, in which young neurologists presented their high quality research and competed with others for the Uschi Tschabitscher Prize.
Michael Brainin, Krems, Austria
This conference is held in a historical context. Anticipating that the EAN will be even more powerful than the EFNS & ENS were together, dominated many conversations held at the meetings, industry booths and networking events. Everyone is excited about it and expects to benefit from the many extended scientific and educational activities to come. This clearly overweighs the bad weather here in Istanbul during the congress days!
Jean Michel Vallat, Limoges, France
Laszlo Sztriha, Orpington, UK (EAYNT)
There has been great involvement of many new young neurologists in the activities of the EAYNT. Many of these are active professionally and in terms of networking. There was a very well attended EAYNT Special Session. I want to thank Professor Aksel Siva for his help and cooperation with the Hospital Visit at the University School of Medicine-Department of Neurology which was very well organised. The EAYNT booth as part of the EFNS-ENS booth attracted many visitors, the lottery and photo contest were some of the highlights during these days.
Erich Schmutzhard, Innsbruck, Austria
- -Mediterranean Area
- -Arabian countries
- -Sub-saharan Africa
- -Central American countries
- -Psychiatry (dementia, delirium, etc)
- -Infectious diseases
- -Critical care medicine and neurocritical care
- -Emergency medicine and neuro-emergency care
- -Translational neuroscience- to related scientific societies
Donna Walsh, EFNA Executive Director, UK
We are grateful to our colleagues at the EFNS and ENS for the active and meaningful involvement of patient representatives on the scientist panels / subcommittees, patient corner and Joint Awareness Session during the congress. We are looking forward to further collaboration with the EAN!
Jean-Marc Léger, Paris, France
The future of European Congresses goes also through the quality of the Teaching Programme. My first impression in this first EFNS/ENS meeting, is that teaching courses provided a high level of excellence in all the fields of clinical neurology. I do hope that the participants, and mainly the young neurologists, will bring back home this view, which will contribute to make the first EAN Congress in 2015 an outstanding event.
Jose Ferro, Lisbon, Portugal
After several years of gong to either learn or talk at the two separate ENS and EFNS conferences, it is now fantastic to participate in the unification of European Neurology. The Joint Meeting had more than 5800 registrations with a predominantly young attendance. I enjoyed talking on “Do and don’ts of scientific research” to the young neurologists and profit from the excellent focused workshops and symposia. I update myself on topics that are important to my daily practice.
David Vodušek, Ljubljana, Slovenia
I am very happy with the high scientific level of sessions. I am also happy that our teaching course on “Lower urinary tract and sexual dysfunction in neurological patients” (TC12: Neuro-urology and neuro-sexology ) was very well attended. I was a little sceptical whether it will attract interest….
Wolfgang Grisold, Vienna, Austria
Laszlo Csiba, Budapest, Hungary
Nils Erik Gilhus, Oslo, Norway
I am always proud of being a European neurologist. I have been especially proud during the Istanbul EFNS-ENS congress. Neurology is concentrating on treatment and with powerful tools. This leads to new and better perspectives for patients and really make a difference for European societies. Stroke and MS are examples of disorders where the outcome now has changed. EAN has clearly expressed its aims of being a powerful factor in increasing clinical quality and research, but also to contribute to European understanding, cooperation and peace.
Gunhild Waldemar, Copenhagen, Denmark
I had the pleasure to chair the last meeting of the ENS-EFNS Liaison Committee (LC) to-day. Entusiastic representatives for our collaborative societies and Neuropnews discussed our final recommendations for future liaison and communication activities of the new EAN. Raising awareness about the burden and cost of neurological disorders and collaborating with international, national and regional neurological associations in order to improve patient care, research and education are among the important new purposes of the EAN. The new LC will be provided with 12 recommendations ranging from e.g. the importance of collaborating with young neurologists , collaboration with neurology in other parts of the world, the continuation of teaching courses for neurologists in Sub-Saharan Africa, to partnership with patient organisations and networkding with other medical specialties. Thanks to all LC members and administrative assistant Eveline Sipido for excellent work. We wish the EAN the best of luck in the journey towards the ambitious goals.