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.
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.
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.
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.