ISLAMABAD - A large number of eminent neurologists across the country and from abroad convened in the 8th International Neurology Update and the 3rd Biennial Stroke Conference that was hosted by Shifa International here Friday. The Chairman Organising Committee Dr Arsalan Ahmad in his welcome address discussed the present state of neurology in Pakistan. He stressed the need to produce more neurologists in the country to meet the increasing demand in the future years. The first session was Chaired by Prof Emeritus Naeemul Hameed and co-chaired by Dr Nauman Amir. Prof Ashfaq Shuaib from Alberta University Canada gave his talk on 'Recent Advances in Management of Acute Stroke'. This was followed by Dr Ayesha Kamal from Agha Khan University Hospital who shared her experience on 'Thrombolysis for Stroke - What Have We Learned in a Decade?' Dr Muzzafar Siddiqui from Canada gave an Update on Stroke Prevention. The second session was chaired by Prof Shaukat Ali and co-chaired by Dr Ayesha Kamal. Prof Ashfaq Shuaib talked about the importance of Stroke Unit- Design, Training and Organisation. Dr Muhammad Nadeem neurosurgeon from Shifa International Hospital shared his experience about "Decompressive Craniotomy in malignant MCA Stroke - the Local Experience". Dr Nauman Amir from UAE talked about "Uncommon Causes of Stroke - Arterial Dissections". The stroke conference concluded with the presentation of a special award to acknowledge the unremarkable contribution of Prof Ashfaq Shuaib to Pakistan Neurology. The award was called "Pride of Neurology- Pakistan". It was given by Dr Arsalan Ahmad, President Pakistan Stroke Society, on behalf of Pakistan Stroke Society. The third session was chaired by Dr Aziz Sonawalla and co-chaired by Dr Fouzia Siddiqui. Dr M Wasay from AKU gave an update on "Multiple Sclerosis in Pakistan". Dr Ejaz Khan from Shifa International disused the "Re-emerging Threat of Poliomyelitis". The concluding talk of the day was given by Dr Fauzia Siddiqui from NICH. She talked about "Video EEG Monitoring-Scope in Pakistan".