We’d like to welcome all readers to the March-April 2022 issue of World Neurology. The issue begins with the obituary of Dr. Jun Kimura (1935-2022), former WFN president and renowned electrodiagnostic neurologist, written by his colleague and former mentee, Ryuji Kaji. In the President’s Column, WFN President Dr. Wolfgang Grisold discusses a number of items, including implications of the current global situation, internal developments and plans at the WFN, an update on COVID with regard to the WFN, the International Global Action Plan (IGAP) of the WHO, and World Brain Day 2022, devoted to Brain Health for All.
Dr. Chandrashekhar Meshram announces the important news that the Padma Shri Award, the highest civilian honor of India and conferred by the president of India in New Delhi, has been awarded to Dr. Bhimsen Singhal. Dr. Meshram also summarizes Dr. Singhal’s remarkable accomplishments. Drs. Marina Alpaidze, Tsotne Samadashvili, and Alex Razumovsky discuss the successful teaching course sponsored by the Neurosonology Specialty Group of the WFN held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in late 2021, which discussed the use of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography as an essential daily modality in the critical-care setting.
In this issue’s History Column, Dr. Peter Koehler discusses the early endeavors to build a CT scan, with particular reference to the Ukraine pioneers who were integral in this development.
This issue also includes a number of important announcements, including World Brain Day 2022 devoted to Brain Health for All, an announcement for the WFN’s call for applications for 2022 Grants, and an announcement of the upcoming 17th International Congress of Neuromuscular Disease, which will take place in Brussels in early July 2022. This issue also updates us about a recent important position statement from the American Epilepsy Society about the serious risks associated with use of valproate by women of childbearing potential.
Finally, this issue also includes an obituary of Dr. Paul Kleihues, a worldrenowned neuropathologist in the field of brain tumor research who was integral in the WHO classification of human tumors. We thank all readers for their interest in World Neurology and invite you to submit ideas for contributions. Please send your ideas to [email protected]. •
By Steven L. Lewis, MD, Editor, and Walter Struhal, MD, Co-Editor
- A View From the Top
By Wolfgang Grisold
This is the second issue of World Neurology this year, and I will take the opportunity to update you on the activities of the WFN, to comment on the global situation, and then describe the internal developments of the WFN also in regard to future aspects, the persistence of COVID, the important advent of the “Intersectoral Global Action Plan” (IGAP) and World Brain Day 2022, “Brain Health for All”.
WFN Committees and Specialty Groups
- Neurosonology Specialty Group WFN Teaching Course
By Marina Alpaidze, Tsotne Samadashvili and Alex Razumovsky
The Neurosonology Specialty Group of the WFN is dedicated to the promotion of science and research as well of education and training in the field of ultrasonic techniques and its clinical utilization. The teaching course discussed use of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography as an essential daily modality in the critical-care setting.
Around the World
- Padma Shri for Dr. Bhimsen Singhal
By Chandrashekhar Meshram
The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honors of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. They are conferred by the president of India at an investiture ceremony in New Delhi. The award recognizes public service and significant achievements across a variety of disciplines such as art, engineering, medicine, social work, literature, education, sports, and others.
- American Epilepsy Society Announces Position Statement on Valproate Use in Women of Childbearing Potential
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) president, R. Edward Hogan, MD, recently shared important information about the serious risks associated with use of valproate (valproic acid, divalproex) by women of childbearing potential, as highlighted in the updated AES Position Statement on the Use of Valproate by Women of Childbearing Potential.
World Brain Day 2022
- Brain Health For All
By Tissa Wijeratne and David Dodick
World Brain Day (WBD) 2022 is dedicated to the theme “Brain Health for All” as our brains continue to be challenged by pandemics, wars, climate change, massive disparities in health equity and myriad preventable diseases.
- Report of Four-Year Neurology Trainee in Dakar, Senegal
The WFN mission is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide, and this year, the WFN is offering up to six grants of up to $25,000 with a maximum spend of $100,000.
- Early Endeavors to Build a CT Scan: The Ukraine Pioneers
By Peter J. Koehler
Some years ago, I presented a lecture on the history of CT and MR at the History of Neurology course of the American Academy of Neurology (2018). Soon after the invention of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) in 1895, two steps needed to be made to improve brain imaging, notably the introduction of contrast enhancement and the production of 3D images. The f
- Prof. Jun Kimura (1935-2022) Father of Electrodiagnostic Neurology
By Ryuji Kaji
Dr. Jun Kimura was born on Feb. 25, 1935, in Kyoto, Japan, and was brought up in Takayama, a scenic rural place near Kyoto. He once graduated from School of Technology in 1957, but re-entered Medical School of Kyoto University, and obtained MD (1961).
- Dr. Paul Kleihues (May 21,1936-March 17, 2022)
By Dr. Johannes Hainfellner
Dr. Paul Kleihues passed away March 17, 2022, at the age of 85 years. Dr. Kleihues was a worldrenowned neuropathologist in the field of brain tumor research.