2012 AANS Annual Report - page 4

and through a one-to-one AANS matching grant, more than $767,000
was raised to support neurosurgical research. We look forward to the
newly designed and expanded NREF under current AANS President
Mitch Berger and President-elect Bill Couldwell.
The 2011-2012 AANS year culminated in the 80th AANS Annual
Scientific Meeting in beautiful Miami Beach. The scientific program
committee chose only the most outstanding abstracts from among
the record number of abstract submissions that represented
the entire spectrum of neurosurgery science and practice. Many
innovative and new features and technologies also were introduced to
this year’s meeting. These include enhancements to our iPod touch,
3-D, simulation and new-technology demonstrations. In addition, for
the first time, the science of neurosurgery was presented on a global
platform, as every plenary session was webcasted live worldwide via
streaming video. Interactive plenary and scientific sessions also were
introduced through the newly launched AANS social network and
online community, AANS
Outstanding invited speakers, clinics and seminars enhanced
members’ knowledge, while exceptional social events and venues
truly created a unique experience for all attendees. The near-record
attendance in Miami Beach is a clear reflection on the vitality,
innovation, and importance of AANS efforts on behalf of its members
and the neurosurgical specialty.
It has been my greatest professional honor to have presided over the
American Association of Neurological Surgeons as its 79th President.
I am profoundly grateful for the support and trust of the members
of this great organization during this past year. Together, We Are
Paul C. McCormick, MD, MPH, FAANS
2011-2012 AANS President
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