Editor's Note

Martina Stippler

It is hard to believe, but summer is here and we are almost half way through to 2019. This means that numerous CNS volunteers and staff have been tirelessly working to create a unique meeting experience for you. Our president chose the theme: “The Age of Reason for Neurosurgery” inspired by the American Revolutionary, Thomas Paine, for our 2019 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.

The way news and information is generated has changed. Journalism, standing for careful vetting of facts, and providing a balanced viewpoint has given away to polarized news coverage and social media platforms distributing fake news and myths. It this storm of too much information, it is up to the individual to determine what is accurate and sound. This is also true in healthcare and science. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ dedication to its core value of balanced, factual and evidence-based neurosurgical education is more important than ever. These efforts are highlighted in the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting.

In this issue of the Congress Quarterly, find a synopsis about our outstanding featured speakers. I am especially excited about hearing Shankar Vedantam, the host of NPR’s “Hidden Brain” podcast. Also if you are looking forward to refreshing your subspecialty knowledge during the Annual Meeting, please read about our New Subspecialty Symposia.

A unique feature of the CNS Annual Meeting is the CNS Xperience Lounge. Please find a list of educational and social activities in this issue including book signings and live surgeries. The Guidelines session, Operative Techniques, and Case-Based Discussion will again take place at this year’s meeting and reflect so very well our overarching mission and theme.

The CNS reports a record number of abstract submissions for the 2019 CNS meeting, which promises to be an especially vibrant program in a vibrant city. I hope to see you there! If you are in doubt, I hope this issue of the Congress Quarterly can convince you to attend. Please let us know if you are coming @CNS_update #CNS2019 #AgeofReason