AANSIM 2019 Report

AANSIM 2019: Joint Congress of 15th AASNS, 68th NSI, IMS Mumbai, December 5-8, 2019

The Joint Meeting of the 15th Asian Australasian Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS), 68th Annual Conference of The Neurological Society of India (NSI) and the International Meningioma Society (IMS) Congress, AANSIM 2019, was held at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai, Mumbai, India from December 5, 2019 to December 8, 2019.

The Theme of the Congress was “Towards One World”. The meeting was an ideal platform to celebrate 100 years of Neurological Surgery. American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) & European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) participated as Guest Societies. In addition, the 40th Annual Conference of Indian Neuroscience Nurses was also jointly organized along with AANSIM 2019 Meeting and was held on 5th-6th December 2019. A 2-day meeting of World Academy of Neurological Surgeons (WANS) preceded AANSIM 2019 Meeting between December 3-4, 2019 at Hotel Trident, Mumbai. WANS was led by its President Prof. William Couldwell.

Prof Basant Misra, President, AASNS, was the Congress President and Dr Ketan Desai was the Organizing Secretary. Eminent neurosurgeons from India were part of the Organizing Committee. World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), NSI, and Bombay Neurosciences Association (BNA) also actively supported AANSIM 2019. All the members of WFNS AC, led by its President Prof. Franco Servadei, contributed as Faculty. A large contingent of NSI members, led by President Prof Atul Goel, also contributed. IMS was led by President, Prof Michael Mc Dermot. A large contingent of AANS Faculty was led by Profs Anil Nanda and Kenan Arnautovic; the EANS contingent was led by Profs Jesus Lafuente and Andreas Grotenhuis.

The inauguration of AANSIM 2019, a glittering affair on December 5 evening, was graced by his Honor, Judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Lokpal (ombudsman) of India and Mr. Rajkumar Hirani, acclaimed Bollywood Director. Eminent neurosurgeons from India and abroad including WFNS President Prof. Franco Servadei and Prof. Ajit Banerji were felicitated during the inauguration. The evening culminated with a celebration of the folk dances of India. The sponsors for the meeting were multiple Pharmaceutical & Surgical Instruments and Materials Companies.

A rich, intellectually stimulating Scientific program was prepared by Chairs of Scientific Committee, Prof. Lokendra Singh and Prof. Suresh Nair. The four-day AANSIM 2019 meeting had Plenary sessions, Orations, Main Topic sessions, Debates and Free Paper Sessions. There were “How I Do It” Video Sessions including a 3-D video session. The topics covered and discussed included neurooncology, cerebrovascular, spine, skull base, epilepsy, functional neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, paediatric neurosurgery, neurotrauma and basic neurosciences. The P N Tandon Oration by Dr. James Rutka, the Ramamurthi Oration by Prof Michael Lawton, and the Plenary Lectures were some of the Highlights of the Congress. There were six
Pre-Conference Workshops that were held at various venues across the city of Mumbai in Academic Hospitals on 4th December 2019. The workshops were:

  1. Endoscopic Skull Base Dissection Workshop
  2. Neuroendovascular Simulation Workshop
  3. Micro vascular Anastomosis Workshop
  4. Deep Brain Stimulation Techniques Workshop
  5. Comprehensive Epilepsy and Temporal lobe dissection Workshop
  6. Neuro Monitoring Techniques Workshop

Eminent Neurosurgeons in their respective fields conducted the workshops and the response was overwhelming. On 4th December 2019, a half day Head Injury Awareness Program was also conducted at the venue, Hotel-Renaissance Convention Centre, for the general public. College students, traffic police and army personnel participated in this program. This educational social event was also supported by the Rotary Club of Mumbai. An evening with a legend, Prof. Madjid Samii, was another highlight of the meeting. There was a 2-day Sylvian Fissure Dissection course on Pig Brain at the venue and young Neurosurgeons enthusiastically participated in big numbers.

A total of 475 faculty participated in AANSIM 2019. In the Congress all major neurosurgical societies and fora were represented by their eminent members. They shared their experience and expertise, which was very well appreciated by all delegates. The total number of participants in the AANSIM 2019 was 1550. Delegates and Faculty from 40 countries across all continents and countries participated in the Congress. The number of participants in each pre conference workshop was 25 to 30. Each workshop had 3 to 5 faculty guiding and demonstrating during the workshop.

Overall, the AANSIM 2019 was an excellent meeting with very high quality academic content and discussion, a large number of participants from all across the globe. AANSIM was truly a World Neurosurgery Meeting.

Photos: Presentation of Awards to M Samii (top) and F Servadei (bottom)

August 2022