CHAPTERS & SOCIETIES

Promoting Education and Attainment of the Highest Level of Knowledge and Understanding of Clinical Neurophysiology

The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) has member societies in 62 countries. The IFCN mission is to promote best practice in clinical neurophysiology through education and research throughout the world. And our vision is to improve healthcare worldwide by understanding the nervous system and optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of its disorders through clinical neurophysiology.

The IFCN has no individual members, but consists of national member societies similar to the World Federation of Neurology or the European Federation of Neurological Societies. Most countries have only one member society, but a few have more than that. Although The Europe, Middle East and Africa Chapter has the highest density of member societies, Latin America, North America and Asia-Oceania are also well represented.  

For clinical neurophysiologists living in countries without a national society for clinical neurophysiology, the International Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ICNS) has been established.

Our Four IFCN Chapters

Since the member societies in different parts of the world may have different expectations and needs, four IFCN chapters have been formed over the last decade to harbor the national societies in greater geographical regions, i.e. Asia-Oceania, Europe- Middle East-Africa, Latin America and North America. Although these chapters have no formal status in the IFCN constitution, they have their own committees and organize chapter meetings usually every four years between the international congresses of clinical neurophysiology. The main task of the chapters is to preserve and to improve the quality of clinical neurophysiology by encouraging and supporting national societies within their region in organizing scientific and educational meetings and courses. The IFCN supports the chapters financially in doing this. 

Although the constitution of an organization is not unchangeable, the current structure of the IFCN, with its national member societies as the basis, and the four geographically defined chapters, has proven of great value.

Here is the structure of the four Chapters:

Europe, Middle East and Africa

President: Prof. Jonathan Cole
Secretary/Treasurer: Hatice Tankisi
Member-at-Large: Prof. Ivan Rektor
Member-at-Large: 
Prof. Antonio Martins de Silva
Member-at-Large: Prof. Anita Kamondi

Asia-Oceania

President: Dr. Ryusuke Kakigi
Past President: Professor Kwang-Woo Lee
General Secretary/Treasurer: Ying-Zu Huang, MD. MSc. PhD 

Latin America

President (2017-2021): Dr. Paulo Andre Teixeira Kimaid 
Past President (2017-2021): Dr. Jorge Gutierrez 
Secretary (2015-2019): Dr. Jorge Burgos Centeno 
Treasurer (2017-2021): Dr. Maria Magdalena Penela 
Member at Large: Dr. Gustavo Eduardo Ramos (2016-2019), Dra. Mónica Beatriz Perassolo (2017-2021) 

North America

Donald B. Sanders, MD
Dr. Jose Zeneto-Tellez, MD, PhD, FRCP 
Peter W. Kaplan, MD, FRCP, FACNS 

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