The International Conference for Recent Advances in Neurotraumatology (ICRAN), was successfully organized by the Colombian Association of Neurosurgery in Bogotá from December 8-11, 2016. Four pre-congress courses were available on day one, including a Neurocritical Care Course endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society, a Prehospital Care Course endorsed by the Colombian Trauma Society, a Decompressive Craniectomy Symposium endorsed by AO Neuro, and a Global Surgery and Critical Research Course endorsed by the World Health Organization - all four courses being very well accepted.
The ICRAN was supported by the WFNS Neurotraumatology Committee lead by Chairman Dr. Andrew Maas from Belgium. In total, we had 210 participants from several countries, and 39 speakers from Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, México, Pakistán, Perú , Switzerland, Taiwan, Unites States of America and Venezuela.
The scientific level was really extraordinary, discussing the most relevant and critical issues in the management of Cranial and Spinal Trauma. The Neurotraumatology Committee of the WFNS held its business meeting and in words of the Chairman, “…..This ICRAN was the best… ”. Social events included an exclusive dinner/visit to the Gold Museum in Bogotá.
In addition to the academic aspects, during ICRAN 2016 the Bogotá Declaration on Global Neurosurgery was released in the presence of the Vice-Minister of Health from Colombia (Dr. Luis Fernando Correa), the President Elect of the WFNS (Dr. Franco Servadei), the Chairman of the WFNS Neurotraumatology Committee (Dr. Andrew Mass), the Chairman of the WFNS Spine Committee and Colombian Association of Neurosurgery President (Dr. Enrique Osorio), representative of the Global Neurosurgery Initiative (Dr. Kee Park, Global Surgery Fellow from Harvard University), Vice President of the Neurotrauma Chapter of the Latin American Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (Dr. Andres Rubiano), and representative of The Lancet Commission (Dr. Meena Cherian). The declaration was presented to Dr. Walter Johnson, lead of the Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgery (GIEESC) at the World Health Organization (WHO). The Bogotá Declaration promotes recommendations to bring quality care to neurosurgical patients worldwide who require urgent neurosurgery. With this Declaration, the WFNS is endorsing WHO efforts to support Resolution 68/31 of the World Health Assembly - which aims to improve emergency and essential surgical care worldwide.