Neurology Congress

Welcome address

We would like to welcome you to the 33rd Scandinavian Neurology Congress and the 2nd Scandinavian Congress of Neurological Nursing, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 29th through June 1st. The president of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will open the congress. The Scandinavian Neurology Congress is held biannually in one of the Nordic countries. Iceland was the host in 1980 and 1990. This year's congress is organized by the Icelandic Neurological Association in cooperation with the Nordic MS Consortium. Neurological nurses are now participating in the congress for the second time, the first time being in Oulu in Finland in 1998.

In the past, various Nordic subsections within the field of neurology have shown interest in having Iceland as a conference venue. As the Icelandic Neurological Association is a relatively small organization, it has not been possible to fulfill this request until now when we joined forces and decided to combine the Scandinavian Neurology Congress and the Nordic MS Consortium into a single conference. Only time will tell whether we will take this route again.

Compared to the European, the World Federation and the American meetings, the Scandinavian Neurology Congresses are relatively small events, making it impossible to cover all fields within neurology. Therefore, we have decided to limit ourselves to MS, headache, stroke, the treatment of pain, and the quality of life among patients with neurological diseases in modern society. In addition, there will be short talks on some of the other neurological diseases, along with panel discussions and poster presentations. Due to the uniqueness of Iceland in the field of genetics, where deCODE genetics is a pioneer, it is our pleasure to offer a presentation on the genetics of neurological diseases. Furthermore, we feel it is important to discuss the future of neurology and the future of nursing of patients with neurological diseases in the Nordic countries since the number of such patients will increase in the coming decades and we have to prepare ourselves for that. In order for us to provide the best possible care to neurological patients, we must maintain a good collaboration between our fellow Nordic neurologists as well as between doctors and nurses. Thus, we are pleased to be able to provide both doctors and nurses with a joint program.

The number of delegates at Nordic conferences has decreased in the recent decades. The reason being the increasing number of similar conferences held throughout the world. The future of Nordic cooperation remains uncertain. However, it is our firm belief that it is essential to continue cooperation of this nature and strengthen it.

As with all collaboration, one needs to reflect on the past and plan the future. One aspect of this planning could be to change the name of the congress from the Scandinavian to the Nordic Neurological Congress/Conference as this name reflects better the breadth of Nordic cooperation.

It has been our goal to offer a diverse, informative and entertaining program and we hope that we have achieved it. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our associates and sponsors, because without their assistance this conference would not take place.
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