ABOUT US / HISTORY
The Philadelphia Neurological Society (PNS) is the longest running neurological society in the United States. The Society meets the second Wednesday of the month (September through April) at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. We invite world renowned speakers (see our upcoming schedule) to discuss the latest challenges in neurology. We invite you to view our expansive speaker video archive and consider joining our society.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PNS
The Philadelphia Neurological Society (PNS) was founded in late 1883, 1 of 4 local neurological societies in the US (Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago) founded shortly after the American Neurological Association (ANA) formed in 1875. The goal was to provide continued opportunities for interaction among physicians interested in neurology on an intimate regular basis. Charles K. Mills, W. Sinkler, J. T. Eskridge, and Francis X. Dercum were founding members, and Silas Weir Mitchell became the first president in 1884. Interestingly, Dr. Mitchell, considered by many to be the founding father of American neurology, had also been nominated as the ANA’s first president, but declined to serve until after 35 years.
The PNS established a program of monthly meetings from October through April at the College of Physicians, then at 13th and Locust Streets in Philadelphia. The precedent for location and timing of meetings has continued to this very day, even as the College moved to its current location on 22nd Street. In 1887, the Society brought medicolegal issues into its purview via combined efforts with the Medical Jurisprudence Society of Philadelphia. In 1904, Charles Frazier’s involvement brought input from the neurosurgery community.
A robust program in adult neurology, child neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience has continued since. The PNS draws upon the innovation and excellence of members of the surrounding medical institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Temple University, Drexel University, and their various affiliates.
Many luminaries in neurology have served as presidents of the PNS. Mitchell, as the premier neurologist in the United States following the Civil War, established that precedent. Included among this esteemed group were William Spiller, Bernard Alpers, Nathan Schlezinger, Gabriel Schwarz, Arthur Asbury, Lewis “Bud” Rowland, Helena Riggs, and Milton Alter. More recent presidents since 1985 have included Grant Liu, Steven Galetta, Carol Lippa, Dara Jameson, and Kevin Judy.
VIRTUAL MEETING LINKS
The Philadelphia Neurological Society will host virtual meetings for the 2020-2021 year. All meetings will be accessible through Zoom links found here. The meeting schedule, zoom links, and recordings are below:
Date: 09/2/2020 @ 6pm (please log in 15 minutes prior to start)
Topic: Making a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine at Warp Speed presented by Dr. Paul Offit
Audio Dial In Access: 1 646 876 9923 | meeting ID 959 1428 2905 | Passcode 905493
For more information about our sponsors, please visit their website or contact the representative.
Many societies have had to switch to virtual platforms for their meeting which has expanded their reach. The PNS is collecting this information and posting it here so that it will be easily accessible for our members.
Below is a list of societies that have are currently providing or plan to provide virtual access. For each society check their requirements for membership and ability to view their virtual content.
If you know of additional societies - local, regional, national and international that we can include please email so that we can keep this an up do date page.
Registration for MDS Virtual Congress 2020 is now open. Click here to register.
Click here to view to view the Virtual Congress Preliminary Program.
The MDS Virtual Congress 2020 scientific sessions, sponsored symposia, virtual exhibits, and poster sessions will be available on demand for free until October 1, 2020 for those participants who have registered by September 16, 2020. After October 1, 2020 the Virtual Congress will continue to be available on demand for MDS Members for a limited time. Join as a MDS Member here
THE FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER SOCIETY
The inaugural meeting of the FNDS was planned for June 2020 and is now being offered as a weekly virtual lecture series. You can register from the main page of the society. The Functional Neurological Disorder Society is devoted to improving lives of patients with a functional neurological disorder. Our goals are to increase awareness and education. The Society is multidisciplinary including neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation medicine, ophthalmology, neuro-otology and others. We welcome members in all these categories.
THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (AAIC)
This is a free conference set to meet over the summer. International investigators, clinicians and care researchers will come together online for AAIC 2020 to discuss the latest studies, theories and discoveries that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science.
THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY
The EAN Board has decided to organize the 6th EAN Congress as Virtual Congress for May 23-26, 2020 and offer to the neurology community the possibility for education, scientific news and best practice exchange without leaving home. EAN has decided, with its industry partners, to make its contribution to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic in offering the on-line participation to the EAN Virtual Congress free-of-charge.
THE HUNTINGTON DISEASE SOCIETY OF AMERICA (HDSA)
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families. In the battle against Huntington’s disease no one fights alone. This event offers free registration.
THE AMERICAN HEADACHE SOCIETY
Over the last couple weeks, AHS leadership and staff have been discussing the opportunity to take content from the Annual Scientific Meeting that would have been presented live and convert it to a Virtual Meeting. After many conversations and researching vendors, the decision has been made to present portions of the Annual Scientific Meeting via a Virtual Meeting platform with free regisration.