Dear Colleagues –
The August WFNS Newsletter focuses on COVID-19 and diversity in neurosurgery.
The first item is the 2 July 2020 letter from the President and the Chair of Committee Activities, Franco Servadei and P. David Adelson respectively, regarding suspension of WFNS in-person meetings through the rest of 2020.
The second item is a notice from the NIHR Global Research Unit on Global Surgery regarding the GlobalSurg | CovidSurg – Week Study. This notice includes a link for a hospital to participate in this prospective study aimed at determining the optimal timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Next are six open-access articles on the COVID-19 pandemic of particular interest to neurosurgeons worldwide.
Following are two reports from SBN (Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery): a notice of the 63rd SBN Anniversary, and a summary of the WFNS and SBN Young Neurosurgeons Committees Symposium held on July 4, 2020.
Reports from around the world on diversity in neurosurgery, and women in neurosurgery, begin with a view from India and proceed – roughly from east to west – to a final report from the USA. We all can learn from the progress made in some programs and countries toward providing equal opportunity and support to all who are dedicated to a career in neurosurgery.
As always, your thoughts on how to improve the Newsletter are welcome!
Mohammad Raji Mahmud