• A Preview of the 2014 CNS Annual Meeting

    Authors: Steven N. Kalkanis
    Elad I. Levy
    Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS




    New England in the fall, an impressive Boston Harbor front, combined with innovative scientific sessions, thoughtprovoking leaders and artists and late-breaking science all while earning CME credits — can it get any better than this? Join us for the 64th Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston, October 18-22, for the preeminent neurosurgical event of the year. This year’s theme is A Question of Balance. Neurosurgeons deal with this predicament on a daily basis — whether balancing cost and quality or debating aggressive versus conservative clinical approaches or even balancing personal values — it’s out there, and we’re dealing with it. The CNS Annual Meeting will look at balance from all sides. The meeting offers something for everyone, from simulation-based training for young neurosurgeons, sessions for advanced practice providers, point-counterpoint controversy sessions on the most hotly debated practice topics, to networking with the best-inclass global neurosurgical leaders.


    International Partner

    This year, our esteemed international partner is the Israel Neurosurgical Society (INS). Their influence and participation will be evident throughout the meeting as leaders of the INS will be moderating our Choice Abstracts Session; presenting on Neurotrauma in the Battlefield during the Neurotrauma and Critical Care Section Session, and Zvi Harry Rappaport will present Advances in the Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain. INS President, Zeev Feldman, will moderate the International Forum, as well as present during the General Scientific Session on Wednesday.The International Neurosurgical Forum will provide an opportunity to view presentations from overseas neurosurgeons. Please also join us for the International Reception on Saturday, October 18 at the Boston Tea Party Museum — an authentically restored Tea Party ship that will take you on an incredible journey back in time as you experience the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! The 2014 CNS Annual Meeting is the perfect occasion to meet global experts, network and share ideas and approaches with colleagues from around the world.

    Symposia and Practical Courses

    Kicking off the Annual Meeting are two exciting Symposia and your choice of 30 Practical Courses. We respect your individuality and want to give you the opportunity to tailor the meeting to your own preferences. Saturday’s Symposium is Cutting-Edge and Future Technology in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke, which addresses the latest information about EC-IC bypass, medical and interventional therapies and optimal treatments of intracranial aneurysms, as well as discussing the best methods for patient selection and advanced imaging for acute stroke intervention. Sunday’s Symposium will guide you through Neurovation, the future of cerebrovascular/endovascular, spine and brain tumor neurosurgery. Hear directly from industry experts who are driving these technologies. Practical Courses span the gamut from grant-writing to endoscopic procedures, hands-on cadaver courses, board review 3-D courses and what to expect now that you’re a neurosurgeon, just to mention a few.


    General Scientific Sessions

    The 2014 CNS Annual Meeting General Scientific Sessions premier Sunday afternoon, focusing on concussions, sports injuries and return to play considerations. General Scientific Session I will be presided by CNS President-Elect, Nathan R. Selden, MD, PhD. An exceptional lineup of speakers throughout our General Scientific Sessions include our 2014 Honored Guest, Edward C. Benzel, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Benzel’s current research interests are focused on spine biomechanics and clinical research, as well as sports-related concussion research. The latter has centered on strategies to reduce risk and increase protection for athletes involved in contact sports. Other featured speakers include this year’s Walter E. Dandy Orator, world-renowned brain scientist and spinal cord injury researcher, Lars Olson, PhD. He has held his position as Professor of Neurobiology at Karolinska Institute since 1986, has served for 11 years as department chairman, and is a member of the Karolinska Nobel Assembly and the board of the Swedish Brain Foundation. Phillip Glass, esteemed musical composer, is this year’s Michael L.J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation. Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School, and is considered one of the most influential music-makers of the late 20th century. His repertoire includes music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra and film. His scores have received Golden Globe and several Academy Award nominations. Also joining our lineup is Cam Neely, President of the Boston Bruins and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. Michael D. Ensley, PhD, CEO, of the Executive Assessment Institute has created the ExecuSmart Suite of assessment tools, and has dedicated himself to applying the “best science” to the process of talent management, executive coaching and executive assessment. Eric Olson, retired Navy Seal Admiral and Special Ops leader of the team who captured Osama bin Laden, will share his thoughts on leadership and decision-making. 

    General Scientific Sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will address a variety of clinical topics, advances in neurosurgery and health care economics and neurosurgery in the era of the Affordable Care Act. Be sure to hear CNS President Daniel K. Resnick, MD, deliver his address at the General Scientific Session on Monday morning.

    Luncheon and Dinner Seminars

    Twenty-four luncheon seminars provide attendees with the opportunity to lunch and learn as they select the topics most interesting to them. Six dinner seminars offer attendees a wide range of topics and controversial debates while enjoying their meals at some of the most popular award-winning Bostonian establishments. Join your friends and colleagues for stimulating conversation and wonderful culinary delights.

    What’s New?

    This year, we are bringing you Live Surgery daily via Telemedicine Technology in the Exhibit Hall. Presentations will include an Expanded Endonasal Endoscopy, a Sylvain Fissure Dissection and a Fluoroscopic Lateral Approach to the Spine. There will also be daily Controversy Sessions with a new point/counterpoint format with neurosurgical experts debating critical issues facing our profession. New Hot Topics will address balancing cost and quality in the age of the Affordable Care Act, physician payment, personalized medicine and a variety of clinical topics. 

    CNS Foundation Silent Auction

    The CNS Foundation, Inc. will sponsor its first ever silent auction. In the Exhibit Hall Monday through Wednesday, there will be an opportunity to bid on memorabilia, including signed items from your favorite athletes, musicians and entertainers. There will be new items up for bid each day, so please visit and pick up some great mementos and support the CNS Foundation, Inc. 

    The CNS Foundation, Inc. supports critical initiatives aimed at improving the quality and outcomes of neurosurgical education and care worldwide, and preserving access to quality care. The CNS Foundation, Inc. supports the creation and dissemination of neurosurgical practice guidelines, as well as the promotion of domestic and international educational programs that enhance quality neurosurgical care globally.

    Original Science

    We are pleased to announce that this past spring, we reached 1,350 abstract submissions — the highest number of submitted abstracts to date! And for the first time, we have expanded the opportunity to present groundbreaking original science by opening a new category of Late Breaking Science. From July 1 to September 2, we will accept abstracts that were not far enough along in their research to be submitted in the spring.


    Register Today

    What are you waiting for? Register today, if you haven’t already. The advance registration deadline is September 18, 2014. You don’t want to miss this chance to attend what we anticipate to be the largest CNS Annual Meeting yet! Bring the family with you to Boston and take advantage of the many historical and cultural attractions. Have fun, learn, earn CME, network and enjoy yourself – and remember – it’s a question of balance!

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