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IBRO-ISN Neuropathology Teaching Workshop Lagos, Nigeria

With the co-sponsorship from the IBRO Africa Region Committee, the Neuropathology Training and Development sub-Committee (SC) of the International Society of Neuropathology (ISN) has planned a three-day Teaching Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. This workshop also badged as a course in neuropathology for neurologists and neuroscientists, will be held 22-24 March 2019 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria prior to the 14th SONA/NSN conference.


Society Officers


Dr Seth Love

Bristol, UK


Past President

Dr Hitoshi Takahashi

Niigata, Japan




Dr Sung-Hye Park

Seoul, Korea


Dr Shigeo Murayama

Tokyo, Japan


Dr Douglas Anthony

Providence, USA


Secretary General

Dr Monika Hofer

Oxford, UK




Dr Stephan Frank

Basel, Switzerland



Project Secretary

Dr Audrey Rousseau

Angers, France

Editor Brain Pathology

Dr Markus Glatzel

Hamburg, Germany



Dr Maria Thom

London, UK


Chair of Training and Development Subcommittee

Dr Raj Kalaria

Newcastle, UK


Book Series Editors

Dr Herbert Budka

Vienna, Austria


Dr Homa Adle-Biassette

Paris, France


Contact the Society

Please contact the Secretary General for any enquiries including website login information:

Dr Monika Hofer

Neuropathology and Ocular Pathology Department

Level 1, West Wing

John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxford OX3 9DU

United Kingdom



List of Congressess of Neuropathology

The International Committee of Neuropathology, founded in 1950, was re-formed in Copenhagen in 1967 as the International Society of Neuropathology, a non-profit making scientific organisation.


1st Rome 8-13 September 1952
2nd London 12-17 September 1955
3rd Brussels 21-28 July 1957
4th Münich 2-8 September 1961
5th Zürich 30 August-3 September 1965
6th Paris 31 August-4 September 1970
7th Budapest 1-7 September 1974
8th Washington 24-29 September 1978
9th Vienna 5-10 September 1982
10th Stockholm 7-12 September 1986
11th Kyoto 2-8 September 1990
12th Toronto 18-23 September 1994
13th Perth 7-12 September 1997
14th Birmingham 3-6 September 2000
15th Torino 14-18 September 2003
16th San Francisco 10-15 September 2006
17th Salzburg 11-15 September 2010
18th Rio de Janeiro 14-18 September 2014
19th Tokyo 23-27 September 2018

ISN Councillors

Here is a list of the ISN Councillors for national societies, including email addresses. If any are incorrect or missing, please email


WHO asks for coordinated action on epilepsy

Epilepsies are the most common group of serious neurological disorders, affecting 50 million people of all ages globally. Epilepsy should not be regarded as one specific disease entity as it associates with, and/or results from, many aetiologies, ranging from single genetic point mutations, to metabolic dysfunction or acquired brain lesions. Indeed, any brain can generate seizures and any lesion may lower the brain’s seizure threshold. During their last executive board meeting in February 2015, WHO has acknowledged the global burden of epilepsy and the need for coordinated action at the country level to address its health, social and public knowledge implications regarding alcohol intervention programs. is a great site to visit if you need information about different health facilities and how they can help you. If people are worried about their or other people´s health, then they should read the OVP review. Click links for further information about epilepsy and WHO initiatives.


ICN 2014 Rio de Janeiro

The XVIIIth International Congress of Neuropathology was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September 14-18. It was hosted for the first time in Latin America, organized by Brazilian and Argentinian neuropathologists, with the contribution of a highly qualified international scientific committee, which worked hard to produce a very successful scientific program, including many distinguished speakers, that was complemented by a lively and friendly atmosphere in the setting of a wonderful landscape with very enjoyable social events (see programme).

The scientific program covered a full range of interest, promoting the exchange of expertise between the various areas of neuropathology and other fields of neuroscience, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, geneticists, basic neuroscientists and others, who contribute with information to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.


Update on ISN activities

Members of the International Society of Neuropathology (ISN) sometimes ask me where do our dues go and what does the ISN actually do with them, so I thought that it would be useful to provide a brief update on some of our recent activities and invite feedback.

The ISN was created in to foster collaborations between the national neuropathology societies, promote the exchange of information between neuropathologists and the advancement of neuropathology globally. We are trying to achieve these aims by a variety of means as shown by some recent examples.

Travel awards: We offer a range of awards to allow young neuropathologists from economically disadvantaged countries to attend international educational meetings and visit other departments. In the last 2 years we have approved 13 awards to applicants from a number of countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Mozambique, Indonesia and India. We hope that these experiences will allow the individuals to expand their neuropathology knowledge and inspire them to develop local neuropathology services for the benefit of their patient populations.


Neuropathology Training and Development Subcommittee

The ISN has started some promising activity in order to foster local development and support for neuropathology: “ISN Information Days” have been organized by the ISN Neuropathology Training Subcommittee, in collaboration with local Institutions as annual events in Sofia, Bulgaria (Sept. 2009), Istanbul, Turkey (Nov. 2010), and Surabaya, Java, Indonesia (Sept. 2011). Plans are underway to have a further event in 2012.


Awards and Grants

ISN travel grants for trainees to visit centres of excellence

The ISN will annually award up to 3 grants, each of up to 1200 euros (approximately 1600 US dollars), to support visits of neuropathology trainees in low or middle income countries (see below) to neuropathology centres of excellence. The primary aim of such visits should be to provide training for the grant recipient and to promote future educational interactions between the host department and that of the trainee. The application, with a brief explanation of the reasons for the visit and intended benefits, should be made by the trainee’s head of department if applicable, or another senior member of staff in his/her institution, and should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. In addition a letter of support should be sent by the head of the neuropathology department in the host institution. The application, CV and letter of support should be emailed to the Secretary General of the ISN, Monika Hofer ( Applications may be made at any time and awards will be made available through the host institution.

Bursaries to attend educational meetings

The ISN will provide up to 4 awards annually (and a maximum of 2 per meeting), each of up to 2500 euros (approximately 3400 US dollars), to support trainees in neuropathology from low or middle income countries (see below) to attend internationally recognized courses in neuropathology, such as the Euro CNS courses (see Please note that these bursaries are not available for attendance at the International Summer School for Neuropathology and Epilepsy Surgery, for which there are a separate awards system which should be applied for directly via the course organisers (see

The application, giving a brief explanation of intended benefits from attending the course, should be made by the trainee’s head of department and should be accompanied by the applicant’s CV. The application, CV and letter of support should be emailed to the Secretary General of the ISN, Monika Hofer ( Applications may be made at any time and the funds may be used to support registration fees, economy travel and accommodation.

Franz Nissl award

The ISN offers this prestigious award to young investigators (under 35 years of age) at each of the International Congresses. Advertisements will be placed to invite nominations prior to the meetings. The award will cover meeting registration, reasonable travel and accommodation to attend the Congress and the awardee will present his/her work at the meeting.

All applicants for ISN grants and bursaries should be from low or middle income countries (see ) and the ISN can only guarantee to pay applicants whose banks accept electronic funds transfer.

No applicant may receive more than two ISN awards of any kind, and a maximum of one award in any 12 month period.