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Welcome Message from the IFCN President

Dear Colleagues,

At the 2014 International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (ICCN) in Berlin, the new Executive Committee (ExCo) of the IFCN took office. Each ExCo operates between ICCNs that occur every four years; so this ExCo will be in place until the ICCN in Washington, DC in 2018. Prof. Paolo Rossini has moved to Past President, having led ExCo successfully in the last fiscal period. Prof. Reinhard Dengler will remain as Treasurer, and that is good since the assets of the IFCN have steadily grown under his supervision. Prof. Kaz Ugawa is the new Secretary, and Profs. Liying Cui and Renato Verdugo are the members at large. Prof. David Burke, as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology, rounds out ExCo.

Prof. Rossini will be the liaison to the European Chapter, Prof. Verdugo, liaison to the Latin American Chapter, Prof. Ugawa to the Asian-Oceanean Chapter, and myself to the North American Chapter.

The website, having undergone a major reorganization in the last fiscal period, will remain an important source of information. We hope also to make it a valuable source of educational materials. Prof. Cui will manage the website, and I am sure she would be happy for help.

In this regard, education is a major goal of ExCo. We will be thinking about ways that we can help the member societies improve the quality of clinical neurophysiology in all areas. ExCo supports Chapter and Society meetings with our presence, and we have several travelling fellowship programs. Please be in touch with us if you have ideas.

We also will continue to support the development of guidelines for practice. For example, look for an excellent paper from the European chapter on the use of TMS for therapy.

Another goal is the facilitation of research. We do not have funds for research grants, but we can help support meetings which create new syntheses of information and advance the field in that way.

As you know, the IFCN is a Society of Societies. A country’s clinical neurophysiological society can join IFCN when they reach a membership of 10 members. If you are in a country where there are fewer than 10 members or, for some reason, you are ineligible for membership in your country’s society (but are interested in clinical neurophysiology), you may join the ICNS, the International Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Information about all these features is on the website.

Your new ExCo is just getting started and we are looking forward to serving. We will be happy to hear from you about any ideas or concerns.

Best wishes.

Mark Hallett, IFCN President

Goals

The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) has members operating in 59 countries globally. The main goal of the IFCN is to promote education and the highest level of practice of Clinical Neurophysiology to improve health.

Specific goals of the IFCN include:

  1. To develop educational materials and promote and deliver educational courses to all persons involved in the field of clinical neurophysiology.
  2. To foster and encourage scientific research in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in order to increase fundamental knowledge and improve methodologies
  3. To propose standards and guidelines in Clinical Neurophysiology.
  4. To establish and maintain efficient collaboration with international and national learned societies, governmental organizations, professional associations and other groups, societies, institutions and individuals with interests in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology.

The specific goals for the current fiscal period (2014-2018) include:

  • To establish a second journal focusing on clinical practice
  • To develop a visiting professor program to augment education
  • To improve the IFCN website particularly in the area of education
  • To promote meetings and workshops to advance knowledge
  • To introduce more clinical neurophysiology practice in Africa
  • To continue to develop guidelines for practice
  • To develop a mechanism to have improve liaisons with like-minded organizations