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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 May 2018. Prof. Paolo Rossini has been Past President, Prof. Reinhard Dengler has been Treasurer (in his second term), Prof. Kaz Ugawa has been Secretary, and Profs. Liying Cui and Renato Verdugo are the members at large. Prof. Ulf Ziemann, who became Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology during the fiscal period, is also on ExCo ex officio. Prof. David Burke, who was Editor in Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology, has stayed on ExCo as the inaugural Editor in Chief of our new journal, Clinical Neurophysiology Practice.

Prof. Rossini is 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 must remain up to date. It provides considerable useful information, and we are undertaking now a major reorganization. Prof. Cui is the principal ExCo member in charge. We have started a Facebook page that is now highly successful – Dr. Riccardo Di Iorio from Rome is our Facebook manager and has been doing a great job. We have now just also started Twitter – and this will grow in future. Social media will keep everyone up to date about activities. Please follow the IFCN!

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:

• To develop educational materials and promote and deliver educational courses to all persons involved in the field of clinical neurophysiology.

• To foster and encourage scientific research in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in order to increase fundamental knowledge and improve methodologies

• To propose standards and guidelines in Clinical Neurophysiology.

• 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) have been:

• To establish a second journal focusing on clinical practice

We have established Clinical Neurophysiology Practice, an open access journal, focused on practice issues. It is off to a great start with Prof. David Burke as Editor in Chief.

• To develop a visiting professor program to augment education

Member societies have requested visiting professors to attend national meetings. ExCo has paid for the visiting professor to come, who generally has delivered several lectures and conducted workshops.

• To improve the IFCN website particularly in the area of education

The website now contains educational links, including lectures on various clinical neurophysiological topics.

• To promote meetings and workshops to advance knowledge

ExCo has supported a variety of meetings in support of clinical neurophysiology. For example, a recent workshop in Rome has developed plans for showing how EEG can be an excellent biomarker for dementia that could be used for large scale screening.

• To introduce more clinical neurophysiology practice in Africa

At the advice of African leaders, we now have a special fellowship program for Africans to train within Africa. We have now done two rounds of the program, and fellows have gone to centers also approved by the World Federation of Neurology.

• To continue to develop guidelines for practice

Multiple guidelines have been developed and are continuing to be developed under the leadership of Prof. Ziemann. These guidelines will largely be published in Clinical Neurophysiology. For example, there is a recent publication of the safety of transcranial electrical stimulation.

• To develop a mechanism to have improve liaisons with like-minded organizations

The statutes have been tentatively changed for such a mechanism. While waiting for approval, we have made alliances with the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) and are engaged in mutual projects with them.

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.

We are always happy to hear from you about any ideas or concerns.

Best wishes.

Mark Hallett, IFCN President