2013 AANS Annual Report - page 16

An Educational Gathering Unlike Any Other
The 2013 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting plenary sessions began on Monday, April 29, and as was the case
in previous years, educational components of the sessions were streamed live around the world via AANS’
professional networking site. All of the electronic poster presentations also were available for
review and comment to a global audience through
, and with a record number of submissions,
AANS’ unique platform allowed for more interaction than ever before at the Annual Scientific Meeting as non-
members were allowed temporary access to see the content and share their opinions.
Another new twist to this year’s programming was the introduction of nine “Neurosurgical Face-offs,” unique one-
on-one discussions from leading neurosurgical practitioners who offered opposing points of view on a variety of
topics such as clipping vs. coiling aneurysms; open vs. closed lumbar approaches; and Cushing vs. Dandy – who
was the neurosurgical pioneer when it came to patient safety. Attendees were able to ask questions following the
different debates, share their own opinions and discuss these topics with their colleagues.
The 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting featured a pair of 3D sessions — “Nuances of Cerebrovascular Surgery: An
Interactive 3D Video Presentation” and “Nuances of Intracranial Surgery: An Interactive 3D Video Presentation”
— that drew interest from a wide range of attendees as moderators and speakers discussed these topics through
their in-depth 150-minute presentations on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
Journal of Neurosurgery
Editor John A. Jane Sr., MD, FAANS, also was honored on Monday evening
during a special fundraiser for the NREF at the House of Blues. Dr. Jane was remembered by his colleagues and
counterparts as a driving force behind the tremendous success of the Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group,
and the evening featured many stirring tributes, including several laudations from his colleagues at the University
of Virginia. It was an amazing evening honoring one of neurosurgery’s truly iconic figures.
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