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Message from the President Walter Paulus

Friday, June 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues,

“Latency of Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation-evoked Cortical Activity as a Potential Biomarker for Postoperative Motor Side Effects” is the CLIPNH Editor’s Choice for June 2020. This article focuses on the fact that predictive biomarkers of adverse motor effects are still not well explored, in particular not in patients operated under general anesthesia. Professor Ziemann and I encourage the reading of how Professor Irwin and colleagues found that short-latency evoked cortical activity may serve as a predictive biomarker, even if DBS electrode placement is performed under general anesthesia.

As the IFCN President, it is gratifying to learn of the various efforts by our member societies and our Chapters.  “Guidance for Clinical Neurophysiology Examination throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic,”attributed to the Latin American Chapter Task Force COVID-19, is available through CLINPH.  These guidelines provide useful information for healthcare professionals and technologists directly involved with the neurophysiologic procedures in any place or circumstance, whether ambulatory, private office or hospitals to minimize infection risk at work. The IFCN North American Chapter member societies have generated other resources of relevance to the CN community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the links are provided in this message.

The IFCN is pleased to announce the 2020 Fellowship winners are Orsolya Gyorfi at the National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Budapest, Hungary; Renann Nunes Pirola, at the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Cindy Tatiana Potes at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Rosario Maribel Teran Mejia at the Caja Nacional de Salud, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés UMSA, La Paz, Bolivia.  These fellowships augment the winners’ educational experience and potentially increase the pipeline of future leaders within the CN community. 

Creating educational content and providing educational opportunities lie at the core of IFCN activities as it does with IFCN Chapters.  Recently, the executive committee of EMEA Chapter selected the winners of their scholarship program, which allows trainees to visit departments outside their host country for short educational visits. This program was in response to feedback from members about how the EMEA Chapter could best assist education opportunities. Please visit the EMEA Chapter Education page to learn more about the program and the winners. 

As we look to the future, we look forward to enhanced educational exchanges via face-to-face meetings such as the 7th Annual Asian-Oceanian Congress on Clinical Neurophysiology to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over January 30 until February 2, 2021. 

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I wish all of us good health.

Sincerely,
Walter Paulus
IFCN President