Dear Members and Colleagues,
I am writing you as the new ISIN president. ISIN is a unique society dedicated in particular to the development, education and diffusion of Intraoperative Neurophysiology worldwide.
ISIN has grown both gradually and progressively with much effort and dedication, and without shortcuts like any worthwhile dream. We can now say that its reach is global with over 40 countries represented in all five continents.
ISIN’s educational activities have always been of the highest standard and scientific level with great respect for every individual’s ideas. This began initially in Europe; we then visited South Africa, then Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, and this year in Asia.
Our vibrant Congress and Educational Course in Seoul, Korea once again were able to successfully highlight the value of education over any other current event, thus bringing us closer to a country and region full of talented professionals with important needs in our area of expertise. I am certain this effort will bring great rewards.
In Seoul the new ISIN Board was elected and constituted with talented and generous colleagues with a passion for this discipline.
After two years of hard work and great results in our courses in Groningen and Seoul, Dr. Szelenyi leaves the presidency but will continue giving her best effort as past president. Dr. Fernandez-Conejero has been elected as the future president of our Society as a testament to her hard work and trajectory in our Society.
Dr. Drost, who played an exceptional role in the organization of the Educational Course in Groningen, has assumed the secretariat of the Society. Dr. Aydinlar, who has demonstrated exceptional organization of our finances and has incremented our funds will continue as Treasurer. Delegates will have specific and relevant roles on the Board. Thus, Drs. Ulkatan and MacDonald are in charge of the Scientific Committee, and Drs. Urriza and Sala are in charge of the Educational Committee, both of which are the essence of ISIN. Dr. Guo will establish strategies for recruiting new members and effectively reaching each member of our society.
Dr. Arle will work on updating the by laws of our Society, and Drs. Park and Kothbauer will develop strategies to better our relationships with other scientific societies. Drs. Shils and Prell will work specifically on accreditation. Drs. Seidel and Arranz will develop a more modern, useful and interactive website for our members. Dr. Deletis, founder of our Society will work on our historical records. Finally, Dr. Novak joins our board as the future host of our next Congress.
Our next Educational Course will be in Madrid on November of 2018, organized by Dr. Beatriz Arranz. In 2019 the Course and next Congress will be held in Vienna, organized by Dr. Klaus Novak. We thank them for their commitment and dedication.
The spirit of this Board is to work hard for our Society and to serve each member. Please do not hesitate in contacting us in order to work together on your dreams and ideas.
No one will be left behind. We want to work with each and every one of you regardless of where you are or what language you speak.
As a wise South African proverb says:
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far go together.