Visiting Professor Program

The IFCN supports a Visiting Professor Program, for which all IFCN Societies can apply. Please note that the request should not be for a single lecture only; several lectures and/or a workshop are anticipated. The proposal should include what the visiting professor may do (e.g., specific topics of interest) and the expected number of participants. The potential number of participants will be important in judging these requests, and requests from countries where clinical neurophysiology is developing will have preference.

Egypt

Officers and members of the Egyptian Society of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ESEM) at the end of the very successful annual meeting on October 15, 2016 in Alexandria with more than 100 participants from all Egypt. Prof. R. Dengler (middle) was invited as guest speaker supported by the IFCN visiting professor program. On his left sits Prof. Ibrahim Khalil, current president of the society.

This photograph shows from left to right Dr. Hesham Nafea, Ass. Prof. Mye Basheer, Prof. R. Dengler and Prof. Ann Hanafy, Director of the Section “Clinical Neurophysiology” of Cairo University at the occasion of the scientific day of the Egyptian Clinical Neurophysiological Society on October 14 in Cairo. Prof. Dengler, member of the IFCN ExCo, was visiting this institution as it will become a clinical neurophysiology training center for English speaking young African Doctors supported by the IFCN Scholarship Program.

India

Prof. Dengler with part of the faculty and some participants

Profs. Reinhard Dengler, Gourie Devi, Manjari Tripathi, and Veerendra Kumar

Under IFCN’s visiting professor program, Prof. Reinhard Dengler, Treasurer IFCN, took part in the 2nd Annual Conference of the Clinical Neurophysiology subsection of Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN), held in the Department of Neurology of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in November 2015. He delivered a comprehensive lecture on ALS including modern electrophysiological approaches testing upper and lower motor neuron involvement and also took part in an EMG demonstration workshop. All the delegates appreciated the knowledge imparted. Active interaction between him and young neurologists of the country was the highlight of his visit.The feed back received at the end was gratifying and most of the 115 delegates looked forward for more teaching courses in Clinical Neurophysiology.

Mexico

Dr. Verdugo performing a recording in a volunteer doctor

Dr. Verdugo and part of the participants.
At his left Dr. Claudia Paz President of the Mexican Society of Clinical Neurophysiology

As one of the activities of the Visiting Professor program, Dr. Renato Verdugo traveled to Mexico in November 2016, where a workshop on SFEMG was done. The activity was very well received by the 40 Mexican electromyographists that attended.

Visiting Professor Program Application

Broadening the Research and Knowledge Exchange of Clinical Neurophysiology

One benefit of IFCN membership is the opportunity to apply for the Visiting Professor Program, which is open to all IFCN Societies and ICNS members. The program provides support for society meetings, and the goal is to widen clinical and scientific knowledge. To that end, the IFCN Executive Committee (ExCo) is looking to support Visiting Professors who would participate through activities such as lectures, preferentially a workshop, or some other practical activities. Organized meetings with trainees are also recommended. Single lectures would not be sufficient. The visit should last long enough to accomplish the objectives without exceeding four days.

Proposals should include specific topics of interest, the expected number of participants warranting this effort, any useful information considered relevant, the society hosting the meeting, and details of why this expertise is not available locally. Requests from countries where clinical neurophysiology is developing will have preference. In case of a request for a topic without naming a specific person, the ExCo will assign a Visiting Professor. When a request for a specific Visiting Professor is proposed, the ExCo will evaluate the request and may suggest alternative persons instead. The ExCo wishes to keep Visiting Professors geographically close to the society making the request to encourage local collaborations and minimize travelling expenses.

Funding by IFCN should be recognized on the host organization’s website and in onsite session programs.

To apply