• A Preview of the 2018 Annual Meeting






    Authors: Alexander A. Khalessi, MD
    Nader Pouratian, MD PhD
    Ashwini D. Sharan, MD FACS
    Brian L. Hoh, MD, MBA
    April Martin
    Deanna Starr

    The CNS Annual Meeting Committee is proud to provide this preview of the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, October 6-10. Our theme, Mission: Neurosurgery celebrates the accomplishments of the teams who work diligently to achieve meaningful breakthroughs in neurosurgery. 

    This year's meeting has been reworked to further emphasize innovation, which you'll see throughout our keynote lectures and in our new Robotics Symposium highlighted on page 10.  Additionally, in response to your feedback, we designed the meeting to provide greater clinical insights with more interactive, case-based, and guidelines-based sessions, and programming is arranged to highlight specific neurosurgical pathways--including tumor, spine, vascular, etc.-allowing you to better tailor your meeting experience to your practice.

    The 2018 CNS Annual Meeting also offers many of the trusted educational sessions and networking opportunities you've come to expect from the CNS. Catch up on the latest breaking new science with daily Oral Presentations and Rapid-exchange Oral Presentations, stay up-to-date with clinical trials and clinical guidelines, and observe surgical techniques in action via telemedicine and simulated surgical scenarios. We're once again highlighting the most impactful papers in NEUROSURGERY from select subspecialties to promote discussion and improve patient care. And the CNS Xperience Lounge has been expanded and enhanced for better networking with your colleagues and experts in the field.


    Honored Guest Robert Rosenwasser
    We are proud to welcome Dr. Robert Rosenwasser as our 2018 Honored Guest. Dr. Rosenwasser is the Jewell L. Osterholm, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, and President of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Rosenwasser is recognized as one of the world leaders and pioneers in unique specialization as both a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon trained by Drs. Charles Drake and Skip Peerless, as well as an interventional neuroradiologist trained by Dr. Alex Berenstein.

    Dr. Rosenwasser specializes in the treatment of neurovascular illness, including both open surgical and endovascular techniques. These include AVMs, aneurysms, carotid stenosis, and stroke, among others. He is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons and Past Chair of the Joint Cerebrovascular Section. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters and has co-edited four textbooks on cerebral ischemia, Cerebral AVM's, and Interventional Neuroradiology/Endovascular Neurosurgery.

    Join us Monday as Dr. Rosenwasser presents an honored guest lecture titled "The Neurosurgeon as a Stroke Specialist" and again Tuesday for his lecture, "The Evolution of Neurovascular Surgery: Procedural or Disease Oriented?" Be sure to stop by the CNS Xperience Lounge Monday, following the lecture, for a meet and greet.



    The CNS is proud to welcome the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery as our international partner for 2018. We are thrilled to host several leaders of BSN at this year's meeting, and we hope you will attend their presentations. Throughout the meeting, speakers from BSN will discuss how neurosurgical issues familiar to all of us affect their practices in Brazil, likely drawing some parallels and highlighting some interesting and unique differences.

    We also are pleased to continue our collaboration with the Association of Neurological Physician Assistants (ANSPA) this year, with their Annual Fall CME Meeting, hosted in partnership with the CNS as a full- day course on Sunday, October 7. We'd like to thank the ANSPA for helping us make this collaboration seamless.


    Each year, the Annual Meeting Committee works hard to select keynote speakers that will illuminate the meeting's theme with insights from industries outside of neurosurgery and challenge attendees to evaluate their practice in new ways. This year's lineup has been selected for their experience both inside and outside of medicine. Like the earliest pioneers of both neurosurgery and space exploration, many of these keynote speakers have achieved tremendous success by choosing to do what others thought impossible. We hope you will find their talks both inspiring and insightful.


    Smith L. Johnston III, MD, MS
    Dr. Smith Johnston is the medical director of NASA-JSC Aerospace and Occupational Medicine Clinics and has spent most of his career as a medical officer and flight surgeon for NASA Medical Operations Branch at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Johnston has been the lead physician for the International Space Station (ISS) Emergency Medical System and Crew Return Vehicle development and has supported two Expedition ISS missions and over 25 shuttle missions. His Sunday special lecture, "Space Medicine, Terrestrial Applications for Human Health, Performance, and Longevity" will address how innovations discovered from the US and International Space Programs benefit not only the lives of the astronauts and cosmonauts, but also his earth-bound patients.


    Al Unser, Jr.
    Al Unser, Jr. was born into a legendary racing family and carries on the tradition and legacy of success that comes with the Unser name. In an astounding 19 starts at the Indianapolis 500, Unser has stood atop the podium twice, finished in the top-five seven times and finished in the top-ten 10 times.

    One of the sport's most versatile champion drivers, Al Jr. is currently the executive consultant and driver coach for Harding Racing competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Join us during the Sunday Opening Session for "A Conversation with Al Unser Jr.: The Nervous System at 220 MPH!"


    Laird Hamilton
    Walter E. Dandy Orator:

    Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports-a renowned innovator and guiding genius of crossover board sports including tow-in-surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. In addition to his affinity for the water, Laird is an inventor, author, stuntman, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father, and adrenaline junkie who continuously pushes the limits of human possibility. Join us on Monday, October 8 for "A Conversation with Laird Hamilton: Risk, Reward, and Overcoming Fear." Afterward, Hamilton will be signing copies of his book, Force of Nature, in the CNS Xperience Lounge.


    David Eagleman
    David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author, known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw. Eagleman is the writer and presenter of the international PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman, and the author of the companion book, The Brain: The Story of You. Beyond his 100+ academic publications, he has published many popular books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind. Join us Wednesday, October 10 for his talk, "Can We Create New Senses for Humans?" followed by a book signing in the CNS Xperience Lounge.


    Hugh Herr, PhD
    John Thompson History of Medicine Lecture

    TIME Magazine coined American engineer and biophysicist, Hugh Herr the "Leader of the Bionic Age" because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of Biomechatronics-technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. A double amputee, Herr is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. He is a professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, co-director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics and the founder of BionX Inc., a company that commercializes the EmPower Ankle-Foot Prosthesis, allowing amputees to walk with normal levels of speed and metabolism. Herr will deliver the John Thompson History of Medicine Lecture, "The New Era of Extreme Bionics" on Wednesday, October 10, followed by a meet and greet in the CNS Xperience Lounge.


    Graham Allison
    CNS Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Creativity and Innovation 

    Graham T. Allison is an American political scientist and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a best-selling author and leading analyst of US national security and defense policy with a special interest in nuclear weapons, terrorism, and decision-making. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the CIA. While serving as the Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, Allison received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, for "reshaping relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to reduce the former Soviet nuclear arsenal." Following his delivery of the Apuzzo Lecture on Tuesday, October 9, Dr. Allison will be signing copies of his books in the CNS Xperience Lounge.


    This year's meeting is full of can't-miss content and opportunities to enrich your practice. We hope you'll take the time to read more about each session throughout this issue and use it to begin planning your time in Houston. We also hope you'll bring your family for a front-seat lesson in aeronautics and space history and innovation. There are many opportunities to learn, explore, and network in Mission: Neurosurgery.

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