Registration for Practical Clinics and Breakfast Seminars is NOW OPEN to everyone!
|Paul C. McCormick, MD
President's Welcome Message
On behalf of our more than 8,100 members we would like to personally invite you to the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in beautiful Miami Beach from April 14-18, 2012.
The natural beauty, rich culture, and vibrant energy make Miami Beach a truly unique location for this year's meeting. We encourage you and your family to take full advantage of all Miami Beach has to offer. Numerous opportunities abound that include tours, shopping, sampling the cuisine, sailing, fishing, even swimming with dolphins; or just relax by the pool or on the beach in the wonderful April weather in South Florida. Our Opening Reception will be held at Jungle Island, a fantastic preserve with exotic animals in a breathtaking natural environment.
This meeting's theme is "We are Neurosurgery," an affirmation of who we are, what we've achieved, and what we aspire to accomplish through the science, the practice, the profession, the people, and the community of neurosurgery.
The best of our peer reviewed science will be presented at our signature plenary and scientific sessions along with invited neurosurgeon speakers such as Ziya Gokaslan, Philip Starr, Tony Asher, Robert Solomon, and Karin Muraszko who will illustrate the power of our science, the remarkable potential of technology and innovation, and the expanded precision of our surgical skills in each of neurosurgery's subspecialty areas. Our guest speakers include National Medal of Science Laureate and Cushing Orator J. Craig Venter who first decoded the human genome, and theoretical physicist Brian Greene, the bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. Our Eisenhardt lecture will be delivered by MIT Professor Cynthia Breazeal, pioneer of social robots, and recipient of Time magazine's best inventions award.
Our outstanding practical clinics and breakfast seminars will continue to provide an unparalleled classroom for the continued learning of new skills, innovative techniques, and enabling technology to advance the practice of neurosurgery. Numerous new offerings and outstanding national and international faculty have been added to enhance the value to our attendees. Important and timely socioeconomic and practice management courses are also included. A complimentary open new town hall meeting will be introduced on Sunday afternoon to provide a forum for the community of neurosurgery to discuss the important contemporary issues of our specialty and profession. An outstanding international symposium has been planned for Saturday with our Latin American colleagues from FLANC.
Many innovative and new features and technology have also been added to this year's meeting. These include enhancements to our iPod touch, interactive plenary and scientific sessions through a newly launched AANS social network, streaming video, and 3D, simulation, and new technology demonstrations.
On behalf of the Scientific Committee Chair Nicholas Barbaro, MD, and local hosts Dr. Michael and Amy Wang, Doris and I are honored to host this exciting meeting in the magnificent city of Miami Beach. Please join us for what will surely be a memorable event. We are Neurosurgery!