Congress of Neuological Surgeons meets in San Francisco

October 19, 2004

Breakthroughs in the treatment of pain and traumatic brain injury, pioneering techniques in brain stimulation for epilepsy and stroke patients and the latest information about the use of robots in neurosurgery are among the highlights of the 54th annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The conference will feature dozens of seminars and courses led by world leaders in neurosurgery on everything from the diagnosis and treatment of central nervous system tumors to ethical issues facing neurosurgeons who must decide whether to withdraw care from patients with severe brain injuries. The meeting will be held jointly with the Italian Society of Neurosurgeons at the Moscone West Convention Center, Oct. 16-21.

Stephen F. Traynelis, Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Emory University, will present the Special Scientific Lecture on the role of neurotransmitters in cellular communication in the central nervous system. Neurosurgical Honored Guest, Arnold H. Menezes, MD, pediatric neurological surgeon and professor of neurological surgery at the Universtiy of Iowa, will offer insights into the state of pediatric, spinal and skull base neurosurgery. Other featured speakers include Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet President and Nobel Laureate, and Burt Rutan, designer of the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world non-stop without refueling. Rutan will deliver the Special Lecture on Creativity and Innovation.

"The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting grows in breadth and depth every year and the 54th annual meeting will continue this proud tradition," says Vincent C. Traynelis, M.D., President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa and a recognized spine and skull base surgeon. "The meeting theme, Bridges to the Future, embodies the desire to improve our specialty scientifically, promotes the concept of a world community and gives proper reference to the Golden Gate Bridge, the famed landmark of our host city."

The annual meeting provides continuing medical education for practicing neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents in training, and post-graduate neurosurgical fellows, as well as allied health professionals, including nurses, physician assistants and clinical specialists. This education is provided through lectures, courses demonstrating neurosurgical techniques, exhibits about the newest instruments and technology in the neurosurgical community, and examples of clinical and laboratory advances in neurological surgery.
About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons exists for the purpose of promoting the public welfare through the advancement of neurosurgery, by a commitment to excellence in education, and by dedication to research and scientific knowledge. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons maintains the vitality of our learned profession through the altruistic volunteer efforts of the members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to their colleagues in other disciplines, and to the special needs of their fellow neurosurgeons throughout the world and at every stage of their professional lives. Twenty-two surgeons held the founding meeting of the Congress in St. Louis on May 11, 1951. The first Annual Meeting of the Congress was held in November 1951, in Memphis, Tenn. Total membership at that meeting was 121. Currently, over 5,000 neurosurgeons are members worldwide. To register or for more information about the 54th annual meeting, please visit:

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