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The European Brain Research Area (EBRA) Announcement

The European Brain Council (EBC) is a non-profit organisation bringing together brain-related specialist societies, patient organisations and industry with the mission of promoting brain research in Europe.  EBC gathers science and society in order to improve the quality of life of those living with brain disorders. It tries to make sure funding decisions are informed by researchers and also is active in promoting neuroscience at an EU level. EBC is also interacting with the European Commission, the European Parliament and other relevant international institutions to promote brain research. 
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EC-IFCN is a founding member of EBC, together with EAN, EPA, ILAE, IBRO, EFNA and others. 1 November 2018 marked the launch of the EBC-coordinated EU project ‘The European Brain Research Area (EBRA).  Announcement link: The European Brain Research Area (EBRA) Announcement
 
EC-IFCN is also serving as a member organisation in this project. The aims of EBRA project are to foster alignment and better co-ordination of research strategies across European and global brain initiatives; facilitate the emergence of research projects in specific areas, provide them with support for effective collaboration and increase the visibility of the brain research portfolio as a whole.

 

Call for Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology Practice

The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) is seeking the second Editor-in-Chief for its journal, Clinical Neurophysiology Practice.  This open-access journal focuses on the practical issues in clinical neurophysiology including relevant new research, case reports or clinical series, normal values and didactic reviews.  It has gotten off to a great start with the efforts of inaugural editor, Prof. David Burke, and it is now listed in PubMedCentral.  The term of Editor-in-Chief is four years, renewable once, and includes a position on the Executive Committee of the IFCN.  The Editor will have a close liaison with the Editor of Clinical Neurophysiology, although the publications are separate. 

IFCN will provide an annual sum, to be negotiated with the successful applicant, for office expenses and/or stipend of the appointee and his/her Editorial team.

If you are interested in this position, you can apply to the President of IFCN* completing the details found below.

The IFCN pursues an Equal Gender Policy and encourages female clinical neurophysiologists to apply for this position.  

The deadline for applications is the end of March 2019.

Application Form for Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Neurophysiology Practice
Deadline: March 31, 2019

  1. Name and Academic Degrees
  2. Current Academic Positions
  3. Areas of Interest and Expertise within Clinical Neurophysiology
  4. Status and standing internationally within Clinical Neurophysiology
  5. Selected Prizes, Awards, Lecture Invitations
  6. Previous Editorial Experience
  7. Vision for the Journal: Please describe the vision you would have for this new journal.

Please attach your CV and bibliography, and put all items together in a single PDF document.

*Send the application by email to Walter Paulus at wpaulus@med.uni-goettingen.de and a copy of the application to Stephanie Stevenson at sstevenson@venuewest.com.

 

The new Extended International 10-20 System of the IFCN

The standard International 10–20 System (19 electrodes) does not include electrodes in the inferior chain (at the level of the preauricular point). Thus the

inferior-basal and anterior part of the temporal lobe, which preferentially picks up activity originating or propagating from the mesial temporal structures, is not sampled. Given that several frequent diseases (e.g., temporal lobe epilepsy due to hippocampal sclerosis, autoimmune epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease) are characterized mainly by mesial temporal pathology, this region needs to be targeted through additional scalp electrodes in standard recordings.

The IFCN has endorsed a new Guideline (Seeck et al. 2017, The standardized EEG electrode array of the IFCN. Clin Neurophysiol 128:2070-2077, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1388245717304832?via%3Dihub) that addresses this problem. The standard International 10-20 System is extended by addition of the T9/T10 (10% inferior to T7/T8), F9/F10 (20% anterior to T9/10, or 10% inferior to F7/F8) and P9/P10 (10% inferior to P7/P8 or 20% posterior to T9/T10) electrodes, which results in a total of 25 electrodes (Figure).

The IFCN strongly recommends to use these 25 electrodes as a minimum for all standard EEG recordings.

Figure. The new Extended International 10-20 System of the IFCN.

 

Clinical Neurophysiology Practice is now listed on PubMed

Application  for our new open-access journal, Clinical Neurophysiology Practice for listing by PubMed Central was successful.
Now that we will be listed on PubMed Central, future papers will be indexed and available for the foreseeable future. However in addition those papers published prior to acceptance will be indexed back to issue 1, page 1.This is expected to occur in August or September, once a few administrative and technical issues about uploading to PMC have been addressed.

Potential authors are encouraged to think of this journal for submissions that are practice-orientated - technique updates, repetition and validation studies, normative data, illustrative case reports, see published articles for all issues back to 2016 <https://www.cnp-journal.com/>, details of the journal <https://www.journals.elsevier.com/clinical-neurophysiology-practice>, and our guide for authors https://www.elsevier.com/journals/clinical-neurophysiology-practice/2467-981x/guide-for-authors