Dear colleagues and friends,
let me take the opportunity of the beginning of a New Year to share with you the work in progress of our Society in the recent past, with a look to the future.
2014 has been a very good year for ISIN. The Educational Course in Istanbul, magistrally organized by Dr. Charles Dong –Chair of the Educational Committee- and Dr. Elif Igaz –local host- was very successful and ended up overbooked several weeks in advance. This prompted us to two considerations. Firstly, the field of neuromonitoring is growing exponentially as, in spite of the fact that we were starting a Second Cycle, the attendance even increased with respect to the First Cycle of Educational Courses. Secondly, in the light of this growing interest for training we may consider for the future to offer more than one Course per year.
Besides the official Educational Course held in Istanbul, last year Board members of the ISIN have been involved in educational courses and IOM symposia in different geographical areas of the world. In particular, I’m very pleased of our recent developments in the collaboration with eastern countries such as Korea and China. There is a great and growing enthusiasm for neuromonitoring in Asia as well as in the Middle-East and, I believe, a great responsibility for ISIN to support our colleagues in providing education and expertise in their countries. Local educational courses under the auspices of the ISIN may well take place in Asia later this year.
Membership of our Society has grown and, at the end of 2014, we can count 160 members; such a long way since 2005, when a handful of founding members set the agenda for the development of the ISIN. I’m also please to mention that last February in Berlin, the Past-President, Dr. Jay Shils, the President-Elect, Dr. Andrea Szelenyi, and myself had the opportunity to meet with Board Members of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN). Besides being affiliated with the IFCN official journal –Clinical Neurophysiology-, ISIN is currently considering an official affiliation of our Society to the IFCN and preliminary steps have been moved in this direction. This may be an opportunity to further establish the role of ISIN in the broad panorama of international clinical neurophysiology societies, with its unique peculiarity in the field of Intraoperative Neurophysiology.
In 2015 we are now facing new challenges. First, and above all, ISIN will celebrate its 10-year Anniversary during the Vth Biannual Congress, held on November 12-14 in Rio de Janeiro (http://www.isinrio2015.org). This is THE highlight of the season and I look forward to meeting all of you in Brazil. Dr. Ricardo Ferreira, our local host, together with Dr. Francisco Soto and the Scientific Committee, chaired by Dr. Karl Kothbauer, are working on an exciting Scientific (and social) Program. Among the highlights, Dr. Roger Lemon will be the Vahe Ammassian Memorial Lecturer, and Dr. James Rutka the Fred Epstein Memorial Lecturer, in keeping with the tradition of outstanding neuroscientists to honor these two Lectures, so meaningful to our Society. Please stay tuned with the congress website in the near future to follow the updates on this memorable event.
Immediately before the Congress, on November 9-11, we will held in Rio the Step II (Brain) of the Second Cycle of Educational Courses. We expect, once again, a great attendance from all over the world and, in particular, from Latin America.
At the end of my previous letter, last year, I anticipated to all of you the desire to enhance the liaison between ISIN and international neurosurgical societies. In this perspective, I’m delighted to inform you that 2015 will be a very special year for ISIN. In May, ISIN will have a joint seminar at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Washington D.C. (www.aans.org) , the largest academic neurosurgical society in North America. On June 14-16, I will have the privilege to host in Verona, a Symposium on “Intraoperative Neurophysiology in Neurosurgery” (www.veronaneuromonitoring.com) organized by the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies under the auspices of the ISIN. This will be a unique opportunity for neurosurgeons and IOM professionals to share experience and discuss the state of the art of neuromonitoring in Neurosurgery. Last but not least, ISIN will contribute to the Scientific Program of the Interim Meeting of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, to be held in Rome on September 8-12 (www.wfnsinterimrome2015.org).
Finally, we are in the process of renovating our website, with the aim to develop new features and, in particular, to offer exclusive benefits to our members.
The future of ISIN is the hands of its members. I therefore encourage all of you to be active in the life of our Society, promote its events, and support his legacy around the world.
Looking forward to meeting you soon, on behalf of the entire ISIN Board, I send to you and your families my best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and successful 2015.
Francesco Sala, M.D.
President of the ISIN