Important Dates

Press Guidelines

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is pleased to welcome media representatives to the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

Media Registration

For access to the meeting, it is necessary to pre-register. Those seeking press credentials for the meeting are not able to register onsite.

Press badges are available to working journalists from recognized news organizations whose attendance at the meeting results in media coverage of the AANS, AANS members or the field of neurosurgery, in print, Web or broadcast media. After preregistering, reporters can take their approved forms to the AANS Registration Desk to receive their badges.

A limit of three editorial staff per outlet may register.


Free registration is not available to individuals writing on behalf of publications affiliated with universities, hospitals, device/pharmaceutical companies, PR firms or any for-profit entities targeted to the device industry.

Commercial Press Registration

The commercial press category encompasses those writers and editors who represent for-profit publications that are circulated among the medical-device industry and the business community. Their attendance at 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is to network and highlight the activities of device or pharmaceutical companies. Business, medical-device and manufacturing publications that do not contain editorial content related to the scientific program (research) presented at the meeting fall into the category of "commercial press" publications.

To qualify for this registration category, you must be on the editorial staff of the publication you represent. Sales or marketing personnel do not qualify for this reduced-fee registration category. A copy of press credentials or letter of assignment from your publication editor as well as a preapproved Press Registration Form need to be presented at registration to qualify for this category.

Press Passes

All press passes must be preapproved prior to the meeting.

Entry into AANS Scientific Sessions

Entry into any session cannot be obtained prior to registering with the AANS and obtaining an official badge. Reporters will not be allowed access to any Convention Center events prior to Monday morning, April 30, 2018. Camera and video crews are not allowed access to plenary and scientific sessions without advance notification.

Entry into AANS Exhibit Hall

Admittance into the Exhibit Hall is permitted only to registered media representatives.

Media Materials

The 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting press releases will provide scientific press releases, AANS officer and award winner releases, and National Neurosurgery Awareness Week/Month releases. These releases also will be posted within the Media area of the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting page and distributed via Newswise ( Following the conclusion of this year's event, all releases can be found on the AANS website in the Media area.

Arranging Interviews

If you would like to arrange interviews with one of the neurosurgeons speaking prior to the meeting or offsite, please call the AANS Department of Marketing and Communications (847.378.0500) to coordinate arrangements. The AANS also can provide you with additional background materials on a wide variety of neurosurgery-related topics.