Moscow, November 12-13, 2018
Renowned international & local Russian experts in the Neurosciences gathered in Moscow for two days of didactic sessions, designed to highlight new developments & strategies for preventing & treating various brain diseases. The conference, the in Buyanov City Clinical Hospital, was followed by two days of seminars & knowledge exchange between visiting specialists & local research & clinical teams.
Professors Eugene Gusev & Alla Guekht should be commended for expertly designing & executing such a successful interchange of ideas, with the support of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Healthcare Department, the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, the WHO European Office for the Prevention & Control of Non-communicable Diseases, the All-Russian Society of Neurologists, the Buyanov City Clinical Hospital as well as the Moscow Research & Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry.
The two days of didactic lectures by Russian specialists & international faculty covered a broad range of topics, including: brain diseases: from bench to bedside; cerebrovascular diseases; neuro-psychiatry; epilepsy; translational studies & multidisciplinary strategies; autoimmune disorders; diseases of the peripheral nervous system; as well as neuro-oncology. The international faculty speaking at these sessions included Wolfgang Grisold (Austria), Ettore Beghi (Italy), Didier Leys (France), Marianne de Visser (The Netherlands), Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland), Dafin Mureşanu (Romania), Federico Vigevano (Italy), Andrew Farrall (UK) representing WSO, Edouard Hirsch (France), Max Hilz (Germany), Sandor Beniczky (Denmark), Thanos Kovanis (Greece) & Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland). The international faculty toured the Neurology & Neurosurgery wards of the hospital & appreciated the high standards of care.
Over 400 delegates attending, were primarily from Moscow & 16 other cities of the Russian Federation, as well as from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan. In the days following the formal meeting, specialists from several collaborating institutions, including the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, NV Sklifosovsky Research Institute of Emergency Medicine, Moscow State University of Medicine & Dentistry, & Buyanov City Clinical Hospital, attended interactive knowledge exchange sessions at the Moscow Research & Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry. During these sessions, younger researchers presented ongoing studies for critical discussion of their protocols & data analysis. This allowed for thorough questioning of the faculty: young researchers & clinicians could tap into the expertise at hand to explore in greater detail, various principles & procedures underpinning neurosciences research. The impressive & novel projects presented for discussion, covered the broad expertise of the Center: from depression & anxiety through to epilepsy & stroke rehabilitation. The international faculty viewed the Center’s modern clinical & diagnostic facilities, which provided valuable insight into the specialized care for patients with mental & neurological disorders within the Moscow healthcare system.
Prof Alla Guekht was skilful throughout in organizing & motivating her colleagues to ensure events ran smoothly. This in turn meant that everyone’s time was used effectively, which maximized both the promotion of & dissemination of information around new strategies for preventing and treating brain diseases and stroke.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.