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Dr. Yohanna Kusuma, Sp.S Cert. Neurosonology ASN (USA) & WFN-NSRG

Dr. Yohanna Kusuma, Sp.S Cert. Neurosonology ASN (USA) & WFN-NSRG

Dear colleagues and friends,


It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 4th Scientific Meeting Update in Neurology organised by the National Brain Centre Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia / Rumah Sakit Pusat Otak Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia. The first meeting was held from 21-23 February 2014 in Jakarta, the second from 22-25 January 2015 in Bandung, West of Java in collaboration with the Department of Neurology, Padjajaran University, Hasan Sadikin Hospital. The third was held from 25-28 February 2016 in Jakarta. Encouraged by the overwhelming success and positive feedback from the attendees of the third meeting, we have decided to organise the Meeting once again, this time in Jakarta from 8-11 February 2018, with the theme "From Bench to Bedside: Translating Neuroscience Clinical Research to Patient Care”. We also have a special program which is dedicated for neurology residents, general practitioners, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists who have an interest in Neurology.

We are considering organising a public symposium and fun walk for our stroke patients, their relatives and care givers to increase the awareness about stroke and hoping to prevent and reduce disability and mortality caused by stroke. It would be an interesting experience for them as they would be able to listen to others and share their experience coping with stroke. Otherswho attend might also find it helpful too.

The NBCH is our national referral centre for patients with neurological diseases, and provides general and subspecialty services. Since opening its doors on 14 July 2014, NBCH has treated patients from all over Indonesia having a range of illnesses from the less complex to the severely complicated, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. NBCH will also in future be a centre for training for those doctors who are interested in doing a fellowship in neurology as well as for ground-breaking neuroscience research. The vision is for NBCH to rank among the best neuroscience centres in the region. We continually seek collaboration with other hospitals that share our passion in patient care, education and research, and look forward to partnerships with like-minded institutions.

Our special focus this year is on neuroscience clinical research and evidence-based medicine for patients which we hope can be useful for our clinical practice and patient care. The rapid advances in knowledge in disease mechanisms and treatment combined with higher patient expectations necessitate a cohesive and efficient provision of high-quality service only possible by well-integrated team-based care.

The faculty comprising expert national speakers and overseas speakers will conduct 11 workshops, 1 acute revascularization combined approach for special skills station, and symposia to update the audience on a wide range of clinical issues in major neurological illnesses We have again organised a special 2-day session specially for nurses to further upgrade their skills and knowledge in neuroscience nursing. We have received high-quality scientific research abstracts by neurology residents, clinicians and researchers; please visit their posters during the breaks.

To complement the scientific aspects of the Conference, we will meet on Gala dinner night to enjoy a wide variety of Indonesian traditional and international cuisines while being entertained by famous artistes, which will be held in the Raffles Hotel, Jakarta, together with a get-along with the organizing committee, speakers and participants.

We wish to sincerely thank our local and international faculty for preparing their excellent talks. We thank our many generous sponsors who have supported this Conference. We also thank the hard working members of the organising committee who have worked day and night without any help from professional event organizers carefully putting this conference together since

he first meeting until now.