Author: Alexander A. Khalessi, MD
For many Annual Meeting attendees, the ability to reconnect with colleagues and network with other experts in the field is a major benefit of the CNS. We listened to the tremendous member enthusiasm for our initial effort and expanded the popular CNS Xperience Lounge in Houston to offer more space and even greater opportunities to connect.
Located at the center of the Exhibit Hall, the CNS Xperience Lounge lets you get up close and personal with this year's awardees, connect with your colleagues and mentors, and learn more about new technologies featured throughout the meeting.
Author meet and greet sessions will be held throughout the daily breaks, giving you a chance to meet Honored Guest, Robert Rosenwasser and select keynote speakers, including Laird Hamilton, David Eagleman, and Graham Allison.
Authors of the year's Top Papers in Neurosurgery® will host meet and greet sessions allowing you to ask questions about their work, and the Innovator of the Year award finalists will each give a brief presentation on Tuesday to talk about their new technologies that are changing neurosurgical practice and care. (Note: For more information on the Innovator of the Year award or to submit your Neurosurgical innovation for consideration, visit cns.org. Applications are due July 31, 2018.)
This year, we've added continuing conversations by CEOs of some of the country's most prominent hospitals, allowing you to dive deep into the impact of the changing macroeconomic environment on health systems and neurosurgical care delivery. We will additionally feature an FDA Panel on fostering innovation and device approval for neurosurgical practice.
The Xperience Lounge is also home to the Presentation Theater, featuring Live Surgery presentations each morning, educational update sessions from CNS' top corporate partners in the afternoon and a special FDA panel session Monday, October 8, 2018, from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.
You can also browse digital posters or check in with the editorial staff of Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery to learn more about developments in CNS publications.
Be sure to set aside some time to join us at the heart of the CNS Xperience Lounge, where the CNS will set up a comfortable, casual networking lounge to help you connect with colleagues and friends. Grab a latte or a beer and catch up with friends from training, snag some dedicated time with your mentor, or make one-on-one appointments with industry partners whose technologies you need to see. The Xperience Lounge helps make the most of your time at the Annual Meeting. See you in Houston for Mission: Neurosurgery!