Dear Colleagues and Friends,
With the advent of the ISIN’s education based courses teaching the standards of intra-operative neuromonitoring to our community, the first of which was held just prior to the Barcelona meeting and the bi-annual ISIN meeting itself we continue to show the importance of looking beyond the present state of neuromonitoring today. This continual research and evaluation has revealed what the future of neuromonitoring may be able to offer. It is this combination of promoting the standard of care to our community and patients and also researching the future of IOM is what the ISIN is all about. Education is thus one of the key raison d’être’s of the ISIN and we will continue to pursue this goal in a strong and ethical manner.
The ISIN, the International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology, is still a relatively young society, but with each year and symposium we demonstrate the need for, and utility of such a society. Since the first extremely successful ISIN symposium in Lucerne to the most recent and largest international IOM symposium in Barcelona, the quality of research and critical intra-operative standards around the world continues to make me proud of the profession and contribution to patient care. Given that the number of submitted abstracts has continued to grow since the first meeting, and the quality of the work contained in these abstracts has been of such high quality, the organizers of each meeting have had to expand the ability for both Oral and Poster presentation’s at each successive meeting. Some of this work is controversial. But, controversy brings about discussion, discussion brings about collaboration, and collaboration often brings about new fine-tuned methodologies that will offer greater protection of the nervous system. If we do not have this collaboration and discussion the IOM benefit to patients will stagnate and not maintain the important link to new technology and surgical procedures developed in other medical fields.
Today’s medical atmosphere is changing all over the world, expecting more with fewer economic resources. The ISIN, with its mixture of membership from multiple medical specialties, offers a special ability to meet these challenges by defining realistic goals within the context of current technology across these disciplines. One medical specialty may define a new technology that will allow better access to a neural structure, thus driving the other medical specialties to develop new technology to monitor these procedures, or vice versa. Independent approaches can increase costs, and in the present economic environment may not allow the improvement of these technologies, yet collaboration can. Many granting agencies now require collaborative efforts, and our society is perfectly positioned to initiate these efforts.
In order to facilitate this approach the ISIN needs it members to become active in the society in order to promote each member’s individual specialties and approach to each problem. Each board member will eventually be a chair of specific ISIN initiative projects and will be looking for members to help in these efforts. In addition to the board-initiated goals, members are requested to come up with their own IOM related ideas including research and ISIN initiatives that they wish to lead. I promise you that the board will be extremely supportive of these types of initiatives.
I, as well as the board, will always be available for any discussion and thoughts that you may have so never hesitate to contact us at any time.
Jay L. Shils, PhD
President of the ISIN