The Belgian Neurological Society (BNS), founded in 1896, is the official scientific Society of the Belgian neurologists. The main aims of the BNS are to promote continuous education in neurology and cooperation between neurologists, and to stimulate clinical and translational research and international collaboration. The BNS can be consulted to advise Belgian health authorities on matters dealing with neurological issues. The BNS organizes two scientific meetings annually, with a main focus on new developments in the field of neurology and the day-to-day clinical practice of neurologists.

History
In December 1895, a first grouping of neurologists with the assistance of Professor Francotte creates the Journal of Neurology . On March 5th, 1896 in the 6th copy of the said journal, a circular invites neurologists to work together. They were 18 to join this project. On April 11, 1896, they met at the University of Brussels and founded the Belgian Society of Neurology.
The new society aims to study the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the nervous system.
A monthly session takes place in Brussels on the first Saturday of the month.
In 1897, they organized the first international congress of neurology and psychiatry, and in 1905,  inaugurated the first Belgian congress of neurology and psychiatry in Liège.

Founders
Crocq father and son, Debray, De Rode, Duchateau, Glorieux, Janssens, Lefèvre, Lentz, Libotte, Mahaim, Sano, Semal, Swolfs, Vanlair, Van Gehuchten, Van Velsen, Verriest and Wicot.

Organization
The first representatives of the office in 1896 are respectively Professor Verriest, Mr Lentz, director of  the Asile d’aliénés de l ‘Etat in Tournai and Jean Crocq (son).
The society is made up of regular members among physicians and those involved in studies related to neurology. It had 19 members when it was founded, 50 in 1921 and 82 in 1946.

All candidate members should send a one page CV to the Secretary General. Candidacies will be approved by the Executive Committee.

  1. Full member : every neurologist can apply.
  2. Associate member : physician with another specialism or other individuals interested in clinical neurology or neurosciences.
  3. Honorary member : every retired full member can become an honorary member.
  4. Resident and Research Fellow Section members : MD or MSc currently working as residents in Neurology, research fellows, PhD students or neurologists with no more than 3 years of practice after completion of the residence training. When the conditions for being BNS-RRFS are no longer applicable, the neurologist can become an ordinary full member.

Members Benefits

Subscription to Acta Neurologica Belgica is included.

35% discount on MedLink Neurology subscription. MedLink Neurology is an online, authoritative and up-to-date information resource covering the full spectrum of neurologic conditions. Please have a look at : www.medlink.com. To claim your discount, log onto the BNS members’ section and follow the link. 


Members of the BNS will also automatically become an associate individual member of the EAN, with the following benefits :

  • Free access to the online learning platform eBrain, eBook – “Manual of the Neurological Examination for Neurologists in Training”, and the European Journal of Neurology.
  • Reduced fee at EAN congresses.
  • The opportunity to apply for educational grants.
  • Free access to the European Journal of Neurology, by the following procedure : Go to “MY EAN” in the right upper corner and click on Forgot Password on the EAN Website www.ean.org. A new page shows up. Insert the email address used for our society, and you will receive the new password that links to your membership account. Please do not create a new account. Once logged-in, you can click on the upper menu Eur J Neurol, and go to the issue you like.

2022 Members Fees

  • Full member : 150 EUR
  • Associate member : 100 EUR
  • RRFS : 50 EUR, first year of membership is free

President

Kristl Claeys

Past President

Chantal Depondt

Vice President

Bernard Hanseeuw

Treasurer

Simona Sava

Secretary General

Ludo Vanopdenbosch

Adjunct Secretary & Webmaster

Frédéric Evrard

Meeting Secretary

Roeland Crols

RRFS Representative & Adjunct Meeting Secretary

Camille Dutordoir

Editor-in-chief "Acta Neurologica Belgica"

Patrick Cras

Presidents

1896 VERRIEST

1924 VANDERVLOET

1925 GLORIEUX Pierre

1926 VAN GEHUCHTEN Paul

1927 ALEXANDER M.

1928 CALLEWAERT H.

1929 DIVRY Paul

1930 DUJARDIN

1931 BOUCHE

1932 MARCHAL

1933 BREMER Frédéric

1934 MARTIN Paul

1935 VAN BOGAERT Ludo

1936 ENDERLE Paul

1937 VERMEYLEN G.

1938 VERSTRAETEN Paul

1939 NYSSEN René

1940-44 LEROY Alphonse

1945-46 CHRISTOPHE Louis

1947 DE GREEFF Etienne

1948 LEY Jacques

1949 MAGE J.

1950 LEY Rodolphe

1951 TITECA Jean

1952 DAGNELIE Jacques

1953 DEWULF André

1954 EVRARD Edward

1955 DE BUSSCHER Jacques

1956 MASSION-VERNIORY Léon

1957 ANDERSEN Charles

1958 DE HAENE Albert

1959 GEREBTZOFF Michel

1960 CALLEWAERT Marie-Thérèse

1961 ANDRE Michel

1962 DEREYMAEKER Albert

1963 DESCAMPS Léon

1964 ECTORS Léon

1965 RADERMECKER Joseph

1966 KLEYNTJENS François

1967 NOËL Guy

1968 VAN LAERE José

1969 BOBON Jean

1970 COËRS Christian

1971 BRUCHER Jean-Marie

1972 BONNAL Joël

1973 VANDER EECKEN Henri

1974 CAPON André

1975 VAN DEN BERGH Raymond

1976 STOUPEL Nicolas

1977 LÖWENTHAL Armand

1978 LATERRE Emile-Christian

1979 GYBELS Jan

1980 FRANCK Georges

1981 MARTIN Liliane

1982 GONSETTE Richard

1983 DE REUCK Jacques

1984 DE BARSY Thierry

1985 VAN ORSHOVEN Félix

1986 FLAMENT-DURAND Jacqueline

1987 THIERY Evert

1988 MOONEN Gustave

1989 MOONEN Gustave

1990 DEHAENE Ides

1991 DEHAENE Ides

1992 SINDIC Christian

1993 SINDIC Christian

1994 MARTIN Jean-Jacques

1995 MARTIN Jean-Jacques

1996 HILDEBRAND Georges

1997 HILDEBRAND Georges

1998 EBINGER Guy

1999 EBINGER Guy

2000 SCHOENEN Jean

2001 SCHOENEN Jean

2002 VAN ZANDIJCKE Michel

2003 VAN ZANDIJCKE Michel

2004 VAN DEN BERGH Peter

2005 VAN DEN BERGH Peter

2006 MICHOTTE Alex

2007 MICHOTTE Alex

2008 PATRICE LALOUX

2009 PATRICE LALOUX

2010 PAUL BOON

2011 PAUL BOON

2012 MASSIMO PANDOLFO

2013 MASSIMO PANDOLFO

2014 VAN PAESSCHEN WIM

2015 VAN PAESSCHEN WIM

2016 IVANOIU ADRIAN

2017 IVANOIU ADRIAN

2018 JACQUES DE KEYSER

2019 JACQUES DE KEYSER

2020 CHANTAL DEPONDT

2021 CHANTAL DEPONDT

2022 KRISTL CLAEYS

Society address :

Domeindreef 10

8200 Sint Michiels

0499/925.788

BNS secretary : 

✉︎  bns@neuro.be