PRESIDENTIAL WELCOME ADDRESS
Dear friends and colleagues,
It is a great pride to hold the presidency of the ISIN for the oncoming two years. I can assure my full, serious commitment to serve the interests of our entire community. This same commitment does apply to all members of the ISIN Board completely dedicated to explore new scientific and technical ideas, bringing the ISIN further ahead.
Professor Vedran Deletis and Dr. Beatrice Cioni founded the ISIN more than 10 years ago with the intention of developing and spreading the intraoperative neurophysiology globally. During this time the society has experienced a tremendous growth with members from fifty-seven countries represented in all five continents. We celebrated our biannual congress in Lucerne (Switzerland, 2007), Dubrovnik (Croatia, 2009), Barcelona (Spain, 2011), Cape Town (South Africa, 2013), Rio di Janeiro (Brazil, 2015), Seoul (South Korea, 2017) and Vienna (Austria, 2019). We can confirm, attending to the participants’ comments, that the scientific quality of those meetings fulfilled their expectations.
It is one of our main goals to boost the education in intraoperative neurophysiology. For that reason we started organizing yearly educational courses and created three years cycles. So far we have visited countries from Europe, Africa, America and Asia. The academic excellence of those courses has gained the respect from the attendees as well as from other scientific communities. Despite that recognition, the entire ISIN board makes a self-critical analysis after each course and identifies the matters that need to be improved in the future.
Our last Congress and Educational Course in Vienna were impressive by all means. Around 500 participants expressed lots of positive feedback. This all together with a meticulously designed scientific and social program made that event a great success. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Klaus Novak, our host in Vienna.
There, the new ISIN Board was elected and constituted by members who compromised themselves to serve the society with devotion and generosity in sharing their knowledge. Dr. Francisco Soto leaves the presidency after two years of changes and need for important decisions. He worked hard on improving the ISIN structure and made important connections with other international societies. He also was the biggest supporter for the creation of the IONM evidence based medicine committee together with Dr. Stanley Skinner to whom I welcome to the Board. Dr. Soto will continue contributing with his experience as past president.
Dr. Sedat Ulkatan has been commited to serve the ISIN for years and for that reason and due to his impeccable profile as a scientific researcher he has been deservedly chosen as president elect. Dr. Gea Drost has managed with virtuosity the society affairs in the past mandate and she will continue being our secretary. Dr. Elif Ilgaz has finished her dedication as treasurer showing an unquestionable capability of organization, keeping our society economically healthy. She will continue in the board as part of the “Membership committee” together with Dr. Julian Prell who becomes one of our delegates. Dr. Andrea Szelenyi will take over the treasurer position. I am sure she will develop this new role accurately due to her large experience within the Board as past President. Dr. Xabier Urriza made a terrific work designing the program for the educational courses that were embrace with enthusiasm by the attendees; he will continue leading the ISIN educational committee together with Dr. Mirella Simon. As recognition to her impressive contribution to new methodologies in IONM and her dedication to ISIN, Dr. Kathleen Seidel becomes a member of the ISIN scientific committee together with Dr. David MacDonald and Dr. Stanley Skinner. Dr. Karl Kothbauer, ISIN former President, becomes a delegate taking care of our bylaws. Dr. Kyung Seok Park and Dr. Francesco Sala constitute the committee by liaison and will try to make connections with other international societies. Due to the rapid progress in technology we found necessary to create the artificial intelligence committee that will be lead by Dr. Jeff Arle and Dr. Ana Mirallave. Professor Deletis, founder of our society, will work on our historical records. Finally Dr. Jay Shils joins our board as the future host of our next Congress and Educational course that will take place in the beautiful and exciting city of Chicago. We much appreciate him for taking that responsibility.
It honors me to head the ISIN with this Board whose members satisfy two essential qualities; strong scientific practice and humbleness in the same proportion. We all are determined to work hard making the ISIN old dreams come true. As Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it is done”. With this spirit, I encourage you to personally contact me if you have suggestions or questions regarding our organization, or if you like to participate in our activities and you do not know how to proceed.
Isabel Fernández-Conejero (ISIN President)