Newswise — With a meeting theme of “Neurosurgery Leading the Way,” the slate of speakers for the 2016 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting represents leadership across many venues, from the military to neurosurgery to art.

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli will be presenting the Hunt-Wilson Lecture. This lecture is made possible thanks to an endowment established by Timir Banerjee, MD, FAANS(L), in honor of his mentors, William Hunt, MD; and Charles Wilson, MD. Chiarelli served as the 32nd vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 2008-2012, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations, including the implementation of recommendation related to its behavior health programs. Currently the CEO of ONE MIND, a non-profit organization dedicated to the research of mental illness and brain injuries, Chiarelli continues his advocacy to benefit all affected by brain disease and injury.

The Richard Schneider Lecture will be presented by Alim L. Benabid, MD, PhD, IFAANS. Benabid is a professor emeritus, neurosurgeon and member of the Academy of Sciences in France. His career has had global impact in the development of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders through the creation of an effective and reversible intervention that remedies neuronal misfirings.

The Rhoton Family Lecture will be presented by José Francisco Salgado, PhD. Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, experimental photographer, visual artist and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways.

Duke S. Samson, MD, FAANS, will present the Osler Lecture, Thomas J. Nasca, MD, will present the Theodore Kurze Lecture, Geoffrey Lind, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.), will present the Van Wagenen Lecture, and Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD, DSc, will present the Louise Eisenhardt Lecture.

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.

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