Challenges for Women in Neurology

Sunday, 30 June 2019, 13.00-14.30h, Room Amsterdam

The aim of the event is to help identify and overcome the challenges that women may find during their academic and hospital career development in neurology. This event is mainly directed to female neurology residents and female neurologists at the beginning of their Career, but certainly men are more then welcome to attend. Understanding the challenges that women face is also important for their male colleagues, mentors and Chiefs.

You are invited to bring your lunch to this session.

Chairperson: Elena Moro, France & Antonella Macerollo, United Kingdom 

Prof. Anne Hege Aamodt from Norway

Anne Hege Aamodt is the President of the Norwegian Neurological Association and senior consultant at the Department of Neurology, Oslo University Hospital with headache and stroke as her subspecialities. Her primary research interest is related to acute stroke treatment, cryptogenic stroke and migraine treatment. She is the principle investigator of international stroke studies and is collaborating in several national and international projects. She is national deputy delegate and national delegate in the stroke scientific panel in EAN, board member of the World Federation of Neurology Constitution & Bye-laws Committee and the Local Organising Committee for the 5th EAN congress in Oslo 2019 and fellow of the European Stroke Organisation where she is member of board of the guideline committee and membership committee.

Prof. Kristl Vonck from Belgium

Kristl Vonck is Head of the Department ‘Head and Skin’ at Ghent University in Belgium. She has held international training positions at Guy’s Hospital, London, UK; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is a fellow of the EAN and member of the EU Joint Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy. Her research interests include epilepsy, neuromodulation, bioelectronic medicine and neurophysiological home-monitoring of neurological disorders. In the translational research setting of the 4Brain Research team, her team investigates the mechanism of action, efficacy and side effects of several neurostimulation modalities. Both in animals and patients, crucial questions are investigated for the application of neurostimulation as a valuable treatment option for neurological disorders: stimulation parameters, open and closed loop neurostimulation applications, seizure detection and prediction algorithms, invasive versus non-invasive neurostimulation. Proof-of-concept and early innovative techniques for neurological monitoring@home are validated at the excellence Center for Neurofysiological Monitoring (CNM) of Ghent University Hospital before being investigated in a home environment. Kristl Vonck has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals >150 papers), has authored seven book chapters and has given 190 international presentations.

Prof. Alla Guekht from Russia

Alla Guekht is Director of the Moscow Research and Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry of the Moscow Healthcare Department and Professor of Neurology in the Russian National Research Medical University.  She received the PhD Diploma for the dissertation on EEG monitoring in carotid surgery and the Doctor of Medical Sciences Diploma for the dissertation on Brain plasticity and restoration after stroke. She also completed MBA and MPA programs. Her main research interests are: epilepsy (epilepsy after stroke and traumatic brain injury, epidemiology, social issues, including QOL and stigma); cerebrovascular diseases (post-stroke cognitive impairment and recovery after stroke). She is the author of more than 190 Pubmed-listed publications, including over 80 papers in the international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in the international textbooks. She received the Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology from the American Academy of Neurology, European Educational Award on Epileptology and the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy. She is the elected Trustee of the World Federation of Neurology, the Vice-President of the ILAE and the Secretary-General of the National Society of Neurologists.  She is very much involved in the collaborative projects with the WHO.