Welcome to the 15th EFNS Congress in Budapest 10-13 September 2011. The congress programme includes all major neurological topics and combines up-to date review lectures given by the leading experts in the world with free presentations where new research results are presented for the first time. We expect between 4000 and 5000 neurologists to gather in Budapest, and around 2000 abstracts having been submitted. These four days in September will be very busy for European and non-European neurologists, and they will make a difference for our professional work.
This is a general neurology congress, covering neurology in the broadest sense. Stroke specialists will receive the latest news not only in their favourite field, but also get an update on other topics, necessary for daily patient practice. A congress like this is an excellent way to help keeping all subdisciplines together in our joint speciality neurology, while it at the same time promotes research and research input across subfields. Our congress combines specialist education including teaching courses, overviews, satellite symposia and the exhibition with new and exciting research including free oral presentations, posters, and focused workshops.
The EFNS congress is an optimal meeting place for young and established neurologists. We are coming from all European countries, and also from the rest of the world. Budapest 2011 will give everyone the chance to exchange views on neurological practice and organisation, to listen to foreign and new ways of how patient-related work is being done, and to be pushed towards using this new information to improve at home. The gathering of nearly 5000 neurologists means an opportunity to establish new professional co-operation and friendship, to plan and discuss new projects, and to work together to improve neurology internationally as well as locally. It is a special pleasure to see how the EFNS congress now attracts so many active participants also from outside Europe. My appeal to all of you is that you approach colleagues from various cities and countries during your days in Budapest; that you discuss and exchange information about all aspects of neurological practice. Stroll along in the poster area, at the exhibition or during the breaks, and you will have an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and views with colleagues and potential professional friends.
Budapest and Hungary is an ideal meeting place for nearly 5000 neurologists. The city is near the geographical centre of Europe. It has a strong medical and neurological history. Budapest combines old and modern history, and the city has played a major role in European development also during the last decades. For those of you not knowing Budapest, I can promise you a charming and active central European city where you are continuously reminded of the history during the centuries. For those of you who already know and love the city, this EFNS congress is an opportunity to renew your relationship with Budapest.
The EFNS congress has as its main aim to promote general neurology. However, in addition to being general neurologists, we have our special interests; regarding patient groups, treatment modalities, and often linked to research or developmental projects. That is also how we together shape the EFNS congress, how we define the focus during presentations and discussions. The congress attracts not only neurologists but also specialists in neighbouring fields. EFNS has formal cooperation agreements with several organisations representing such fields. Information about new developments in industry represents an important element during the EFNS congress, giving updated knowledge about pharmaceutical drugs acting on the nervous system, on technology and equipment used for diagnosis and therapy, and on relevant literature. Satellite symposia, often focusing on new treatment options, are always gathering a big audience.
The Congress Programme Committee has put together a scientific programme that should be of broad interest to everyone working within neurology. We are grateful for all the good suggestions that we have received; from the EFNS Scientist Panels, national EFNS member societies, and interested neurologists. The free presentations represent a backbone of our congress, and we really hope that all of you will continue to submit your most interesting new scientific results to the EFNS congress. We are all responsible for shaping and developing a joint platform for our professional activity, a meeting place to discuss how to develop treatment and diagnosis of neurological diseases, but also how to organise and join forces to obtain optimal results. The aim of the EFNS is to facilitate such activity and to co-operate broadly with all other parties. The 15th EFNS Congress in Budapest 2011 will show you our intentions. I welcome you all to Budapest.
Nils Erik Gilhus
Chair, Congress Programme Committee