February 10, 2023
We are delighted to announce that Donna Walsh, CEO of the International Bureau of Epilepsy [IBE] and Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets of the European Paediatric Neurology Society [EPNS] will become the first Chair and Vice-Chair of the OneNeurology Partnership.
Both Donna and Coriene bring a wealth of experience in working towards awareness and action for people living with neurological conditions. Together they will support the OneNeurology Partnership in realizing its vision – that neurological health is valued and protected globally as our most vital asset, to the benefit of all society.
Donna Walsh joined the International Bureau for Epilepsy [IBE] as Chief Executive Officer in January 2022. Since her appointment she has been responsible for overseeing the new strategic direction of IBE and, with a newly hired team, is working to ensure IBE empowers and amplifies the voices of people with epilepsy globally. Prior to her role with IBE, Donna worked as Executive Director of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) for 10 years. She has been active in representing the neurology patient community throughout her career, including as a board member of the European Brain Council, a member of the European Affairs Sub-Committee at the European Academy of Neurology and as a member of the World Health Organization’s NeuroCovid Global Forum. Donna has also moderated and chaired many events and has shared patient insights at high-level conferences and meetings at institutions such as the World Health Organisation and European Parliament.
Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets trained as a neurologist and subsequently as a paediatric neurologist at the Erasmus University (Hospital) Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was an elected board member of the European Paediatric Neurology Society [EPNS] from 2014, Chair of the EPNS Education and Training Committee, Chair of the Committee of National Advisors to EPNS and the Training Advisory Board until 2022, and is now an honorary member of the society. She also serves as the EPNS representative to OneNeurology. Coriene was a staff member of the department of Neurology of the ErasmusMC, Rotterdam since 1982 and was associate professor and head of its department of Paediatric Neurology until her retirement in December 2019. She worked as a paediatric neurologist in the Juliana Children’s Hospital in the Hague in 2020-21. She served on the board of the Dutch Society of Paediatric Neurology from 1995 and from 2004-2010 as President and was Chair of the Posterior Fossa Society from 2016-2018. Coriene’s main research interests are acquired brain injury and its longterm neurocognitive sequelae in children.