What is the Sir Charles Bell Society?
Disorders of the facial nerve are extremely complex and can seriously
decrease quality of life in many patients. Historically, different disciplines
(e.g. ENT-, plastic and neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, neurologists,
psychologists), are involved in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
in patients suffering from facial nerve disorders. It is imperative
that all these medical disciplines, working together, combine their
unique talents to achieve the best outcome for affected patients.
The Sir Charles Bell Society (SCBS) is a non-profit
multidisciplinary medical organization founded in 1992 in Cologne. The
intent of the SCBS is to concentrate knowledge and to present a platform
of exchange for all people and professions dealing with facial nerve
problems. It is dedicated to the collection, dissemination, and the
interchange of ideas relating to the facial nerve, thus furthering cooperation
and encouraging global friendship to improve the quality of care delivere
to facial palsy patients.
The organization of a quadrennial International Symposium
(next to be held in 2013 in Boston) has become a major tool towards
this goal. However, the maintenance of a website has become a critical
instrument as well.
If you, as a (para)medical professional, are interested
in one or all of these matters, please join the SCBS (click banner on
top). Your membership will be instrumental in enhancing the international
community of dedicated practicioners and furthering the ongoing advancement
in the treatment of facial nerve disorders!
Prof. Dr. Henri Marres (NL), President
Dr. Tessa Hadlock (USA), Secretary
Dr. Paul Mulkens (NL), Treasurer
Prof. Dr. Javier Gavilan (ES), Assessor
Dr. William Slattery (USA), Member-At-Large