2012 AANS Annual Report - page 17

Press Coverage Puts Research on Center Stage at
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
The AANS Public Relations Committee selected 11 scientific abstracts
to spotlight to the media as part of the 2012 AANS Annual Scientific
Meeting. The cutting-edge science noted in those releases — which
highlighted research on topics ranging from the impact a cancer
vaccine may have on glioblastoma multiforme to how resident duty-
hour restrictions could affect neurotrauma patients to the relationship
that states’ medicolegal environments have on the practice of
defensive neurosurgical medicine — generated tremendous interest.
The outlets reporting on these scientific presentations included
Bloomberg News, Fox News, U.S. News & World Report, HealthDay
News, The Miami Herald, The Tampa Tribune, The New York Times,
London Globe, The Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, CBSNews.
com, Yahoo! News
. In addition, journalists from Italy,
the U.K., Israel, Hungary, Japan and Australia were on hand in Miami
to cover the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. As a result, these 11
abstracts generated $3.9 million in estimated ad value and 523 million
potential media impressions, according to Cision, Inc.
The AANS strives to build relationships with the international
neurosurgical community. Collaborating with international
organizations and reaching out for international members help AANS
members to keep abreast of important issues affecting neurosurgery
worldwide, learn about pending innovations in patient care, and
facilitate collaboration. International outreach initiatives bring value
through membership diversity.
This year, the AANS presented the
to Leonidas Quintana, MD. The AANS’ most
prestigious international award, it recognizes an international
neurosurgeon or other international dignitary for his or her lifetime
of contributions to advancing the field of neurosurgery in a country
outside the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Quintana has served as president of the Chilean Society of
Neurosurgery, the South Cone Society of Neurological Surgeons and the
Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC).
An international member of the AANS and numerous other societies,
he presently is the second vice-president of the WFNS, representing
Latin America, and also has served as honorary president of the
Latin American Federation of Neurosurgery. Dr. Quintana is chief of
neurosurgical service at Valparaíso, Chile’s Carlos Van Buren Hospital,
as well as an associate professor of neurosurgery in Valparaíso
University’s department of neurosurgery in Vina del Mar, Chile.
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting attendees met Dr. Quintana at the
AANS International Reception, held this year at Bongos Cuban Café,
where “Miami meets Old Havana’s tropical ambiance, cuisine and
style.” AANS leaders, special dignitaries speaking in this year’s FLANC
International Symposium and leaders from international neurosurgical
organizations all attended. Reception guests enjoyed spectacular views
of the Miami skyline, Latin and Cuban-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and
lively music.
The AANS offers other awards focused on international attendees.
The Best International Abstract Award is given to the highest-ranking
international abstract submitted to the AANS Annual Scientific
Meeting. This honor went to Akio Morita, MD, PhD, from Shinagawa-
ku, Tokyo, for his abstract,
The Natural Course of Unruptured Cerebral
Aneurysms: Natural Course Analysis of the Unruptured Cerebral
Aneurysm Study in Japan
. Meanwhile, the AANS International
Travel Scholarship provides $1,500 to support the attendance of a
neurosurgeon from a developing country to the AANS Annual Scientific
Meeting. The 2012 recipient was Xiaolei Chen, MD, from Beijing for
his abstract,
Low-grade Insular Glioma Resection with 1.5T Intra-
operative MRI: Preliminary Results of a Prospective Randomized Trial
Additionally, the AANS offered two AANS International Visiting
Surgeons Fellowships. 2012 recipients were Victor Andronachi,
MD, from Chisinau, Moldova; and Venkatesh Madhugiri, MD, from
Pondicherry, India. Dr. Andronachi visited St. Joseph’s Hospital and
Medical Center in Phoenix under the observation of Robert F. Spetzler,
MD, FAANS. He focused his observational fellowship on advancing
the study of skull-based microsurgery, and building and developing
a laboratory of cadaver dissection required for training of the
neurosurgeon residents. Meanwhile, Dr. Madhugiri will visit LSUHSU
in Shreveport, La., under the observation of Anil Nanda, MD, MPH,
FAANS, FACS. There, he will focus on observing complex neurosurgical
procedures pertaining to his area of interest, and study the structure
and organization of an academic neurosurgical department, including
research facilities.
Embracing the Breadth of a Global Profession
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