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Resource listing: Neurologic societies worldwide

The field of neurology is strongly supported by a network of professional societies worldwide. These organizations play a pivotal role in bringing together neurologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals to exchange knowledge, collaborate on research, and set standards of excellence in neurologic practice. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the largest and most influential professional neurology societies from around the world.

Neurology professional organizations

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

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  • Membership: Over 38,000 members from 141 countries
  • Goals: To promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care, advance the knowledge and practice of neurology, and provide advocacy for patients and their families. The AAN offers educational resources and opportunities for members, including annual meetings and various publications.

American Neurological Association (ANA)

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  • Membership: Over 2,200 members
  • Goals: Advancing the field of neurology through the promotion of high-quality research, education, and clinical care. They aim to foster collaboration among neurologists, provide resources for professional development, and advocate for policies that benefit patients and the practice of neurology.

European Academy of Neurology (EAN)

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  • Membership: Over 45,000 members from 100 countries
  • Goals: To promote and advance the field of neurology in Europe through education, networking, and scientific activities. The EAN offers a range of educational resources, including courses, webinars, and a journal, and hosts an annual congress.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

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  • Membership: Over 36,000 members from more than 95 countries
  • Goals: To promote the understanding of the brain and the nervous system, and to advance the field of neuroscience through research and education. The SfN offers educational resources and opportunities for members, including a journal and an annual meeting.

World Federation of Neurology (WFN)

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  • Membership: Over 122 national neurologic societies as members
  • Goals: To foster global neurologic education and training, to promote neurologic research, and to improve neurologic care worldwide. The WFN offers a variety of educational and training programs, including a residency program and an annual congress.

Neurology subspecialty professional organizations

American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

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  • Membership Numbers: Over 5,000 members.
  • Goals: AANEM focuses on neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine. They aim to advance the field, provide education, and promote the highest standards in patient care.

American Epilepsy Society (AES)

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  • Membership Numbers: Over 4,000 members.
  • Goals: AES is committed to advancing the understanding and treatment of epilepsy. They support research, education, and advocacy efforts in the field of epilepsy.

Child Neurology Society (CNS)

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  • Membership Numbers: Over 2,000 members.
  • Goals: CNS is committed to the care and well-being of children with neurologic disorders. They provide resources for healthcare professionals and promote research in pediatric neurology.

European Pediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)

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  • Membership Numbers: Approximately 1,100 members.
  • Goals: To promote the highest level of care for children with neurologic disorders, facilitate scientific research and education in pediatric neurology, and encourage collaboration and networking among healthcare professionals in the field.

International Headache Society (IHS)

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  • Membership: Over 1,900 members from more than 70 countries
  • Goals: To promote research, education, and clinical care related to headache disorders. The IHS offers educational resources and opportunities for members, including a journal, courses, and an annual congress.

International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)

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  • Membership: 12,000 members worldwide
  • Goals: Advancing knowledge about epilepsy, improving the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, fostering international collaboration among healthcare professionals, researchers, and organizations, and advocating for better care and quality of life for individuals living with epilepsy.

International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS)

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  • Membership: Over 9,500 members from 125 countries
  • Goals: To promote research, education, and clinical care related to movement disorders, including Parkinson disease and related conditions. The MDS offers educational resources and opportunities for members, including courses, workshops, and a journal.

Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS)

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  • Membership: Approximately 900 members worldwide
  • Goals: To advance research and understanding of peripheral nerve disorders, foster collaboration among professionals in the field, promote education and training, advocate for patient-centered care, and disseminate knowledge to improve the lives of individuals affected by these conditions.

World Stroke Organization (WSO)

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  • Membership: Over 4,000 individual members and more than 60 organizational members
  • Goals: Aims to reduce the global burden of stroke by promoting research, education, and advocacy to improve stroke prevention, treatment, and patient care worldwide.

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