Newswise — How has neurosurgery and neuroscience impacted areas as distinct as the Army and the National Football League (NFL)? Attend the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting and find out. AANS 2015-2016 president, H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS, has invited a slate of speakers who will explain how neurosurgery has made significant impact in those individual fields and others areas that are affected by traumatic brain injury.

Invited panelists include Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. army and recipient of the Patriot Award for his continued dedication to advancing research of mental illness and brain injuries and Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.), the founding director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA. Also speaking are Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); and Russel R. Lonser, MD, FAANS. The NFL will be represented by Football Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bear, Mike Singletary, and by Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety. The AANS Opening Ceremonies will be moderated by CNN's chief medical correspondent and Emory University assistant pofessor of Neurological Surgery, Sanjay K. Gupta, MD, FAANS.

“I see neurosurgery as a capstone specialty in the world of medicine. Over and over again, we’ve seen that when neurosurgeons get in front of issues, the results turn out much better for all of medicine and even beyond those boundaries. I believe attendees will hear this quite clearly during our opening ceremonies, as our esteemed panelists focus on both athletic and military brain injuries. Led by Dr. Gupta, the group will discuss current research, funding strategies and the implications of long-term effects from repetitive brain trauma. I’m looking forward to what I am certain will be a fascinating exchange of ideas,” commented Batjer.

Media Representatives: The 2016 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting press section will include releases on highlighted scientific research, AANS officers and award winners, Neurosurgery Awareness Month and other relevant information about the 2016 program. Releases will be posted under the “Media” area on the 2016 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting website. If you have interest in a topic related to neurosurgery or would like to interview a neurosurgeon — either onsite or via telephone — during the event, please contact Alice Kelsey, AANS associate executive director, via email at [email protected]

About the 2016 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting: Attended by neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents, medical students, neuroscience nurses, clinical specialists, physician assistants, allied health professionals and other medical professionals, the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is the largest gathering of neurosurgeons in the nation, with an emphasis on the field’s latest research and technological advances. More than 1,200 scientific abstracts were submitted for the 2015 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting; the scientific presentations accepted for the 2016 event will represent cutting-edge examples of the incredible developments taking place within the field of neurosurgery. Additional information about the 2016 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and the meeting program can be found here.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. Fellows of the AANS are board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, A.C. Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, nervous system and peripheral nerves.

For more information, visit www.AANS.org.