The Future is Now: Surgical Robotics Come to the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting in Houston

Schaumburg, Illinois, October 4, 2018— As the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) gets ready to host its 66th Annual Meeting October 6–10, attendees have plenty to look forward to in Houston. As in years past, the Annual Meeting boasts the latest technology and techniques from the world of neurosurgery, relevant educational experiences, cutting-edge technology, and an array of fascinating speakers. This year, the CNS is also highlighting one of the most exciting advancements in neurosurgery: surgical robotics.

Surgical Robotics: Engineering to Bedside is an all-day symposium that will take place on Sunday, October 7, from 8:00 am–4:00 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Registered participants will be let into the world of state-of-the-art robotics and allowed to evaluate current and upcoming systems for cranial stereotaxy, endoscopy, and spinal instrumentation. A key focus will be to provide a foundational understanding of robotic systems in the context of clinical benefit, so participants will have a framework to make educated assessments regarding trade-offs between features and performance of current and upcoming systems. Building upon this foundation, the future of robotics in neurosurgery will also be discussed.

Presented in collaboration with Cambridge Consultants, an organization that brings ground-breaking surgical devices that revolutionize therapy and whose expertise leads to systems that excel in real-world clinical environments. Didactic session topics include the history of surgical robotics, spine applications of robotics, cranial neurosurgery applications, evaluation and assessment of current technology, and future directions.

Course Directors are Michael R. Raber, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, and Chenguyan Wu, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Speakers include Sarat P. Chandra, Joseph Corrigan, Jorge A. Gonzalez-Martinez, Amy Kerdok, Serge Roux, Garnette Sutherland, Nicholas Theodore, Melanie Turieo, David P. Vansickle, Christopher R. Wagner, Michael Y. Wang, and Robert J. Webster.

Breakout sessions occur throughout the day and are hosted by Medtronic, Zimmer Biomet, Globus Medical, and Renishaw.

Tickets are still available for this one-of-a-kind symposium and can be purchased by engineers, engineering students, or Annual Meeting registered attendees at cns.org/annual-meeting-2018/program/sym2, or at the registration desk in Lobby D at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Engineers and engineering students are encouraged to attend the symposium at a special rate of $200.

For registered attendees the symposium fee is as follows: Physician—$300; Nurse/NP/PA—$100; Resident/Medical Student—$200; Corporate/Industry Representative—$550.

To learn more about the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting and registration information, visit cns.org. Follow the CNS on Twitter @CNS_Update, #2018CNS, or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit cns.org.

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