ICNA Membership Types and Benefits

ICNA is a respected international group of child neurologists who wish to advance the care of children with neurological problems throughout the world.

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ICNA Executive Board 2014-2018

President : Ingrid Tein Secretary : Jo Wilmshurst Treasurer : Linda De Meirleir Executive Board   Roberto Caraballo, Argentina Silvia Tenembaum, Argentina Lakshmi Nagarajan, Australia Russell Dale, Australia Lieven Lagae, Belgium Marilisa Guerreiro, Brazil Sergio Rosemberg, Brazil Michael Shevell, Canada Pratibha Singhi, India Masaya Segawa, Japan Takao Takahashi, Japan Charles Newton, Kenya Jaime Campistol, Spain Michèl Willemsen, The Netherlands Banu Anlar, Turkey Helen Cross, United Kingdom Jonathan W. Mink, USA Kenneth Mack, USA Michael Johnston, USA Robert Rust, USA Sakkubai Naidu, USA  

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Donald Gilbert, Cincinnati, USA
Chrysanthy Ikonomidou, Wisconsin, USA
Adam Kirton, Calgary, Canada
Katherine Mathews, Iowa City, USA
Radha Giridharan, New York, USA
Marcio Sotero de Menezes, Washington, USA
Donna Ferriero, USA

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The International Child Neurology Association: the first 25 years

Birth of child neurology in different parts of the world

In the late 1960s, a child neurologist from the Free Uni-versity of Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Sabine Pelc (1921–1989), (Fig. 1) perceived the need for a world-wide forum for neurologists whose focus was the care of children with neu-rologic conditions. In order to fill this need, she set about visiting various European and American countries in order to identify other child neurologists. I met her in 1969 when she visited the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presby-terian Medical Center in New York, where the National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Blindness of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had supported a training program for child neurologists since 1956 under the direc-torship of Dr. Sidney Carter. She had already identified a number of fully trained child neurologists in Europe, Japan and Latin America before coming to the USA.

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ICNA's Education Plan

Progress in paediatric neurosciences is proceeding rapidly, and we are entering an era in which technologies will allow for a greater knowledge and understanding of normal and abnormal brain development. Because of our improved diagnostic abilities, it is now possible to identify even subtle brain abnormalities early on, thus allowing for early intervention. However, in certain areas of the world, many children do not benefit from this progress because of the shortage of child neurologists and adequately equipped medical centers.

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