Advancing Relevant Research
Keywords:Global Neurosurgery, GNC, Public Health
The Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC) of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) launched the Global Action Plan during the 2016 Bogota Declaration on Global Neurosurgery in Colombia in order to coordinate efforts and bring neurosurgeons around the world to address unmet neurosurgical care. The Global Action Plan contains five objectives: Amplify, Align, Advance, Assimilate and Advocate for neurosurgical care. In this paper, we present the goals and the work of the Advance team. The goal of the Advance objective was to “A. Map research output by region and themes, B. Establish one or more Global Neurosurgery research grant and/or award mechanisms, C. Advocate for Global Neurosurgery category/sections in major neurosurgery journals (3 or more by 2021), D. Establish funding mechanisms for training in future leaders in the public health practice of Global Neurosurgery (2 or more by 2021), E. Inclusion of Global Neurosurgery Sessions in major neurosurgery meetings (>75% by 2021), F. Establish a mentoring relationship between editorial board members from HIC and LMICs (>1 by 2021), and G. Establish a mentoring relationship between authors from HIC and LMICs (>1 by 2021).