Nyhetsbrev fra presidenten i IFCN, Mai 2021.

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Dear Colleagues,

Due to the pandemic’s negative impact on world travel this year, the IFCN’s Research and Education Fellowship Program for 2021 has extended its deadline for applications from March 31, 2021 to September 30, 2021. More information can be found here. All Chapters and Societies are encouraged to broadcast this information to their memberships. Please be reminded that applicants need to be a member of their national CN society or of the ICNS.

The Exhibiting and Sponsorship Prospectus for the ICCN 2022, set for Geneva next September, is now available on the IFCN website. Interested organizations should review the Prospectus and consider signing up for the opportunities available soon.

After the Geneva meeting the IFCN congress series will continue biannually. For the 2024 Congress, we have asked the national societies for potential interest in serving as the local host of this event. Different from previous years, there will be a virtual General Assembly later in 2021 during which the member societies will vote to select the 2024 location. Also different from previous years, AIM, IFCN’s management firm, will manage organizational conference aspects in order to ensure continuity from meeting to meeting. Thus, the member societies can concentrate on their local scientific contribution to the Congress with a workload as low as possible. After Geneva 2022 a location outside Europe might be preferable; however, due to the uncertainties tentatively persisting with COVID, Europe might be considered, since about half of our member Societies are located here.

From Ulf Ziemann, this is the Editor’s Choice for May: Beniczky S, Wiebe S, Jeppesen J, Tatum WO, Brazdil M, Wang Y, Herman ST, Ryvlin P (2021) Automated seizure detection using wearable devices: A clinical practice guideline of the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Clinical Neurophysiology 132: 1173–1184. It is a timely review in particular for those interested in seizure detection by wearable devices.

Margitta Seeck’s Editor’s Choice for Clinical Neurophysiology Practice is a new data set on high resolution nerve and muscular ultrasound by Sara Silkjær Bak, Birger Johnsen, Anders Fuglsang-Frederiksen, Kaj Døssing and Erisela Qerama: Neuromuscular ultrasound of the scapular stabilisers in healthy subjects. Clin Neurophysiol Pract. 2021;6:72-80. This normative data set shows significant correlations between decreasing muscle thickness with increasing age and height and increasing muscle thickness with increasing weight and with male sex.

With Best Wishes,

Walter Paulus
IFCN President