The COVID-19 pandemic has us all living in strange, if not unknown, circumstances. What is known is the need for effective electronic communication within the World Federation of Neurology. Fortunately, the WFN was moving in this direction late last year and had planned to produce electronic material to promote our work and our major educational events. We have, in fact, proceeded with a WFN video and a WCN video. These were to be used in exhibition booths in the major international meetings where we are represented. They have slotted into the virtual scene perfectly and will be in the virtual exhibition of the upcoming International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Congress 12 – 16 September 2020.
The IP and MDS Congress will also feature the final press conference for this year’s World Brain Day. As many of you who participated in this annual event will know, the 2020 World Brain Day was an outstanding success and also suited perfectly this new electronic era.
On behalf of the WFN and its co-host for this year’s World Brain Day, the IP and MDS, I offer those who contributed to its success my warmest thanks. For them and to those who may wish to understand more of our annual World Brain Day, I have attached a brief report which outlines the activities and attempts to quantitate the effectiveness of the WBD Campaign. In addition to the remarkable “reach” achieved through mainstream and social media channels many member societies and individuals from those societies produced an electronic record of their activities. These are available on the WFN website under “World Brain Day”.
With very best wishes for your work, health and safety,
Professor William M Carroll AM, MB,BS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E)
President, World Federation of Neurology