Experience New Technologies in Action: Hands-On Learning in the Exhibit Hall

Michele L. Hilgart

The CNS Annual Meeting presents a number of invaluable networking opportunities and clinical breakthroughs that could change the way you practice neurosurgery. As you begin to coordinate your schedule for Boston, we encourage you to make sure you have blocked enough time to visit the exhibit hall and get your hands on the latest devices and technological advances in neurosurgery.

The CNS Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall makes it easy to stay current in your field by finding new technology and comparing all relevant products and services in one convenient place. This year, we are offering a number of sessions and forums within the hall to enhance the knowledge you’ve gained from the daily plenary sessions by allowing you to learn more about the latest technological advances from key opinion leaders and product development experts, as well as to experience those technologies firsthand, and learn how they will benefit your practice or institution. Be sure to add these sessions and more to your itinerary for Boston:

Innovations Showcase

Stop by this new destination in the Exhibit Hall Monday through Wednesday to learn about the latest technological innovations being displayed in Boston. The CNS’ Technology & Innovations Committee has reviewed the new products available in the hall, and selected those most likely to impact your practice. The showcase allows you to investigate these concepts and speak one-on-one with representatives from each company about their new technologies.

Live Surgery

Given the popularity of last year’s Telemedicine, the Scientific Program Committee is pleased to present three live surgery broadcasts in the Exhibit Hall this year. Join your colleagues daily after the morning general session to see subspecialty experts live in the operating room via telemedicine presentation. Monday’s presentation from UPMC will feature an Expanded Endonasal Endoscopy performed by Paul A. Gardner. Tuesday’s presentation from the Barrow Institute will feature a Sylvian Fissure Dissection by Robert E. Spetzler, and our Wednesday presentation from the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center will feature a Fluoroscopic Lateral Approach to the Spine by Robert G. Whitmore.

Sponsored Lunches in the Hall

Join your colleagues Monday through Wednesday in the exhibit hall for industry hosted lunch symposia on topics from Spinal Cord Stimulation to Adaptive Hybrid Surgery. Check the Annual Meeting Guide mobile app in early fall for more details on available sessions.

Demonstration Theater and In-Booth Demonstrations

Got a few minutes to spare? Swing by the Demonstration Theater stage to check out these short product demonstrations during morning and afternoon beverage breaks. These 10-minute presentations and demonstrations highlight neurosurgical products and services available in the exhibit hall. Of course, the best way to learn about new products is to get your hands on them directly. Visit select exhibitors in their booth for an in-booth demonstration of their latest products and then stick around to get some one-on-one time with the equipment and learn whether it is right for your practice. Demo Theater presentations and in-booth demonstrations and times are listed in the Annual Meeting Guide and via signage throughout the exhibit hall.

Industry support funds many aspects of the meeting and helps keep your attendance costs down. The CNS values our corporate partners and the contributions they make to support the meeting, and we believe that there are valuable learning opportunities for our members in the exhibit hall. Please help us support our exhibitors by visiting the Exhibit Hall while in Boston.

Other Exhibit Hall Highlights:

CNS Foundation, Inc. Silent Auction

Help the CNS Foundation meet its mission while scoring the perfect gift for that special someone who has everything. The CNS Foundation, Inc. Silent Auction will offer up a host of exclusive autographed memorabilia daily in the exhibit hall — from jerseys, helmets and hockey pucks to autographed guitars, photos and album covers. Proceeds from the auction will support the CNS Foundation, Inc. in fulfilling its mission. New auctions take place daily in the exhibit hall.

CNS Member Services and Neurosurgery®

Stop by and visit the CNS Staff and volunteers or test drive Neurosurgery Online and other journal resources at the iPad Kiosks.

Digital Posters

Browse hundreds of abstracts in our Digital Poster Center, available during all exhibit hall hours. Digital Posters can be searched by author, topic or keyword.