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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-68

9th Meeting of asian congress of neurological surgeons

Professor and Past Chairman, Ege University Neurosurgery Department, Izmir, Turkey

Date of Web Publication12-Aug-2013

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Mehmet Zileli
Professor and Past Chairman, Ege University Neurosurgery Department, Izmir
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DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.116392

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The 9 th Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons Meeting was held in Istanbul between September 2 and 5, 2012 in a Historical Site of Istanbul, Harbiye Cultural Center. I will try to summarize the program and activities during Istanbul meeting.

The main objective of the congress was to offer a high-level communication platform, providing the opportunity to extend and to enrich the field of development of neurosurgery in the Asian region.

There were three pre-meeting courses on September 2: (1) "Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Lumbar Spine" course moderated by Dr. Fahir Özer, (2) "Cranial Neuroendoscopy" course moderated by Dr. Ali Kafadar and Dr. Yusuf Er°ahin, (3) "The Impact of White Matter Anatomy for Microneurosurgical Procedures (3D)" moderated by Dr. Uğur Ture and Dr. M. Gazi Yasargil.

On the first evening, after opening ceremony, a concert by Mehteran Band with traditional Ottoman military music and historical costumes was very unique. Opening reception was in the garden of the military museum.

On September 3, Professor Tetsuo Kanno has introduced the goals and history of Asian Congress of Neurosurgery (ACNS) with many memories during foundation of the society. During his talk entitled "Asian Neurosurgery-Past, present and future" Professor Kanno specially stressed that the society has always aimed training of young neurosurgeons in Asia.

Prof. Yucel Yılmaz, geologist from Istanbul Kadir Has University has given a talk on "Mythology, History and Geology of Bosphorus," which inspiringly summarized the history of Istanbul, the real intercontinental city that the roots come back from many thousands of years and hosted many imperial civilizations from Byzantine to Ottomans. The Bosphorus, the river like sea between Asia and Europe was full with mythology and legends.

The conferences during the first morning from Madjid Sami "Training in Neurosurgery," and from Gazi Ya°argil "The Impact of Microneurosurgery" were unique for all participants containing many guidelines from great masters of our profession.

There were 69 invited speakers, 13 speakers for the pre-meeting courses, 256 registered neurosurgeons, 50 industry partners. Besides, 45 young neurosurgeons from different countries have been supported with free accommodation and registration. Some numbers for the country distribution of the participants are as follows: Turkey (62), Egypt (29), Japan (28), Iran (26), Indonesia (21), Pakistan (21), India (12), Malaysia (10), Kazakhstan (9), China (7), and Saudi Arabia (6).

The meeting gathered 452 scientific presentations of which 158 were chosen as oral and 282 as poster presentations. Five presentations that had the highest grades from the reviewers were awarded as "best papers." There were 36 sessions in different formats. Eminent neurosurgeons from all over the world especially Professor Gazi Yasargil, Professor Madjid Samii, Professor Tetsuo Kanno have contributed a lot to the scientific program. [Table 1] is a summary of invited talks presented during whole meeting.
Table 1: Invited talks in subject groups

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Many other activities have flavored the 9 th ACNS: The "2 nd Neurosurgical Nurses Meeting of Asia" was the second after Malaysia Meeting. Although attendance was not large, we believe that it is a continuation of the impendum started during 8 th ACNS Meeting. "Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association" has gathered women's activity with the great leadership of Professor Yoko Kato. "Young Neurosurgeons Meeting" was coordinated by Dr. Abhishek Agrawal by participation of young neurosurgeons from different countries in accordance with the education mission of ACNS. Other than preliminary courses "Primary Neurosurgical Life Support Course" was organized for neurosurgeons and nurses. ACNS Executive Board Meeting, Asian Journal of Neurosurgery Editorial Board Meeting and Meetings of ACNS Bylaw, Education, and Disaster Committees were also on the side dish of Istanbul program.

I should also tell something about the social activities. Other than opening reception, a Presidents dinner and gala dinner have occupied the nights. "President's dinner" with participation of all faculty members was in Zeyrekhane Restaurant on the edge of Golden Horn with a spectacular view of historical silhuettes of beautiful mosques and Galata Bridge. An open air service with tastes of Ottoman kitchen should have increased the friendship and cooperation on start-up of the congress. The "Gala dinner" was held in a boat sailing on the Bosphorus. Reception on the roof of the board was unique for the attendants to see the beauty of the European and Anatolian shores of Bosphorus. All the guests confirmed the decision for World Congress of Neurosurgery in 2017 in Istanbul was proper. Dinner with music and talks of distinguished guests, Dr. Madjid Samii, ACNS President Dr. Yoko Kato, Turkish Neurosurgical Society President Dr. Ugur Ture, Congress President Dr. Mehmet Zileli valued the night.

Special thanks to the invited faculty, who made the meeting exciting and interesting for all of those who attended. Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors, without whom the meeting could not have become such a success. I wish to acknowledge my gratitude to all members of organization committee especially Dr. Ethem Beskonakli, Dr. Ihsan Solaroglu and Dr. Feridun Acar. I wish success to Professor Serik Akshulakov who will organize the next ACNS Meeting in 2014 in Asthana, Kazakhstan.[Figure 1],[Figure 2],[Figure 3],[Figure 4],[Figure 5],[Figure 6],[Figure 7],[Figure 8],[Figure 9],[Figure 10],[Figure 11],[Figure 12],[Figure 13],[Figure 14],[Figure 15],[Figure 16],[Figure 17],[Figure 18],[Figure 19],[Figure 20],[Figure 21]
Figure 1: Group photo

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Figure 2: Meeting hall

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Figure 3: Moderators

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Figure 4: Coffee break

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Figure 5: Exhibitors

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Figure 6: Young neurosurgeons

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Figure 7: Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association

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Figure 8: Nurses

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Figure 9: Tetsuo Kanno Award

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Figure 10: Professor Gazi Yasargil

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Figure 11: Best paper award

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Figure 12: Yasargil and Turkish team

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Figure 13: Mehter group

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Figure 14: Opening reception‑1

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Figure 15: Opening reception‑2

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Figure 16: President's dinner

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Figure 17: Gala dinner 1

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Figure 18: Gala dinner 2

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Figure 19: Gala dinner 3

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Figure 20: Gala dinner 4

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Figure 21: Gala dinner 5

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