On behalf of the entire team involved in the organisation of WCN2005 it is a pleasure to invite
you to come to Sydney to celebrate again the major gathering of neurologists that occurs
worldwide every four years. This creates a unique opportunity for you to update your knowledge
in cutting edge areas of neurology and the neurosciences from leaders in their field
internationally. It is also an ideal opportunity for you and your colleagues to present original
material for peer review and dissemination of information to one of the broadest neuroscience communities in the
world. As you can see from the program outline, almost every conceivable aspect of the neurosciences is represented.
Not to be underestimated are the collaborative links which may be forged at meetings such as this. Many of us
look forward to reaffirming old friendships and creating new ones in such a conducive environment. We know that
many of you look forward to attending this meeting for this very reason.
Also, the opportunity exists to spend time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with such icons as the
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as attractions to name but a few. We look forward to your attendance and
welcoming you in our typically hospitable Australian fashion.
Professor Geoffrey Donnan
I know that neurologists the world over will be eagerly awaiting November 2005 when many of
us, who would otherwise be shivering in mid-winter, will have the opportunity of joining our
friends “down under” for an Australian spring in the beautiful city of Sydney.
The local Organising Committee for this, the XVIIIth World Congress of Neurology, is putting
together a most impressive program for us all, replete with Nobel Prizewinning speakers, teaching courses,
symposia, debates and breakfast sessions, as well as a social and tours program that will feature those aspects of
landscape and wildlife that make Australia the unique country that it is.
Sydney has fast become one of the most sought after destinations for international meetings of all kinds and,
having personally attended the Planning Meeting for the Congress in July 2003, I can vouch for the unrivalled
spectacle presented by the city’s waterfront and, of course, the incomparable Opera House. I urge you to make
plans now to register for WCN 2005. You will find the experience scientifically and sociallyrewarding and help
demonstrate the truly global reach of our fast developing World Federation.
I look forward to seeing you in the Southern hemisphere in November, 2005.
World Federation of Neurology
World Federation of Neurology (WFN)
The WFN is the international body for societies and associations
of medical specialists committed to the study of neurological
diseases. The WFN oversees the running of the international
Australian Association of Neurologists (AAN)
AAN's membership is open to training and practising neurologists,
clinicians, scientists and health professionals interested
in neurology or neuroscience in Australia. AAN was selected
as the host organisation for the WCN2005.