International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN)
International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) strives to bring together researchers and academicians in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology that has grown tremendously in the last few decades. It strives to promote spread of knowledge in the field of clinical neurophysiology and brings out guidelines for the performance of various neurophysiological procedures. It acts as a unifying force in the otherwise dispersed field of clinical neurophysiology across the world. IFCN has 60 countries as members and 4 chapters: Asia-Oceania, Europe (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Latin America, and North America (URL http://www.ifcn.info). Latest research in neurophysiology is published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology.
Asia-Oceania (AO) Chapter
Asia-Oceania (AO) chapter of IFCN was established under the leadership of John Desmedt during 1993-1996. It is formed by 11 countries in the most populous region of the world. (URL http://aoc.ifcn.info/). AO chapter strives for dissemination of knowledge in the field of clinical neurophysiology by conducting workshops and meetings. The Chapter congress is held once in 4 years. The previous congresses ─ Asian-Oceanian Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (AOCCN) ─ were held at Beijing, China (1996); Manila, Philippines (2000); Chiang Mai, Thailand (2005); Seoul, South Korea (2009); and at Bali, Indonesia (2013). The current congress is the 6 th in the series, being held at Bengaluru, India (2017).
Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) and Clinical Neurophysiology Subsection
Neurological Society of India (NSI), formed in the year 1951, is the professional body of neurologists and neurosurgeons and other allied specialties in India. In the year 1991, a separate professional body of neurologists and allied specialties, Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN), was formed. IAN brings together researchers, clinicians, and other allied specialties on one platform. Through various forums including conduct of conferences and summer courses, IAN promotes sharing of knowledge, research experiences, and provides guidelines for management of various neurological disorders. To keep up with the developments in neurosciences, IAN has various subsections to promote interaction among various specialists in the field of neurosciences. Clinical Neurophysiology subsection promotes academic interaction in the field of clinical neurophysiology. The latter organises conferences annually. Organisation of 6th AOCCN conference at Bengaluru, India is a prestigious moment for Clinical Neurophysiology subsection of IAN.
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) is a premier institute located in southern Bengaluru. Spread out over 135 acres, it has bountiful greenery. NIMHANS had a humble beginning in 1925 as a mental asylum. Later, in the year 1955, neurosciences were added. It has recently been recognised as Institute of National Importance. The institute has 870 bedded hospital that provides clinical services of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry. Various basic science departments have facilities for advanced research. The institute provides post-graduate training in the various branches of neurosciences and psychiatry.