Our welcome by Shlomi Constantini
The International Study Group of Neuroendoscopy [ISGNE] was originally inspired by discussions between Pr. Shizuo Oi and Pr. Berhard Bauer. 15 pioneering neurosurgeons gathered in Awaji International Park, Kobe, Japan on September 25th, 2001, exchanging ideas on how to further promote neuroendoscopy and sparking interest in collaborative research in neuroendoscopy. ISGNE would also serve as a forum for effective communication between practicing neurosurgeons and basic scientists, engineers, and other specialists in related fields, providing a medium for development and promotion of scientific knowledge, surgical technique, instrumentation, and minimally-invasive neurosurgery within the area of neuroendoscopy. The successful actualization of these goals, in both theoretical and clinical research applications, has been demonstrated by the series of publications produced by participating members.
The second ISGNE meeting, organized by Giuseppe Cinalli in Naples, Italy, in 2003, included papers, posters, and video presentations on neuroendoscopy for hydrocephalus, spinal disorders, skull base tumors, and vascular pathology. It became obvious then that neuroendoscopy had been established as a subspecialist field. During this second meeting, the idea for the first randomized controlled trial in neuroendoscopy was conceived.
The third ISGNE meeting, organized by the late Dieter Hellwig in Marburg, Germany, in 2005, was widely attended. At this meeting the International Foundation for Hydrocephalus was founded, with the mission to treat hydrocephalic children in underprivileged parts of the world. By now a pattern of scientific creativity and innovation was established, with ISGNE members leading the way in their respective countries.
The fourth ISGNE meeting, organized by Giuseppe Cinally, Phillip Decq and Paulo Cappabianca in Versailles, France, in 2007, included nearly 500 delegates!!, with a rich scientific program on all aspects of neuroendoscopy enjoyed by everybody. Dr. Benjamin Warf was given a special award for his work on setting up neurosurgery in Uganda, with particular emphasis on the use of neuroendoscopy to treat hydrocephalus in a country where shunts are not readily available due to the associated cost. This was also the final official ISGNE meeting, since following extensive discussions a decision was made to transform the ISGNE, together with a growing series of regional study groups, into the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy (IFNE).
The IFNE would incorporate the original ISGNE goals and expand them, serving as an association of societies and/or individuals interested in the field of neuroendoscopy; locally, nationally, and internationally. IFNE would serve as a parent organization to the ISGNE, which would continue to exist and function as a sub-committee of IFNE, continuing to promote worldwide collaborative research in the field of neuroendoscopy. IFNE would also promote active co-operation among its members, enabling continuing and advanced education, teaching, and training to neuroendoscopic surgeons world-wide. Finally, IFNE would promote an objective, international training standard for present or prospective neuroendoscopic surgeons, developing uniform guidelines and standardized indicators for neuroendoscopic procedures.
The fifth international congress of neuroendoscopy, under the auspices of IFNE, was organized by Spyros Sgouros in Athens in 2009. Meetings and workshops now began to be scheduled more frequently. 2010 saw an interim meeting organized by Masakazu Miyajima in Tokyo, Japan, followed by an IFNE workshop in 2011 and another workshop in 2013, both organized by Spyros Sgouros in Athens.
Most recently, the sixth international congress of neuroendoscopy under IFNE was organized by Chandrashekhar Deopujari in Mumbai, India, in 2013.
The IFNE today can celebrate the extraordinary success of the sixth congress in India, and multiple workshops around the world. A tradition has been built!
Pr. Tenoch Herrada and his colleagues in Mexico and GLEN, with support from IFNE executive board, have prepared a scientific and social celebration in Puerto Vallarta. We welcome you all and thank you for the support of the IFNE. All of you are invited to enjoy the meeting, exchange idea, and promote advanced minimally invasive neurosurgery throughout the world, strengthening our international academic activities in the field of neuroendoscopy and contributing to international academic and scientific collaboration among the individual and society/study group members of IFNE in 21st century.
In Puerto Vallarta I will finish my term as IFNE president and move the responsibility to lead the federation to Pr. Spyros Sgouros, my friend and esteemed neuro-endoscopist. We will all assist him, and a freshened executive board (EB), in their candidacy for the next two-year period. We whole-heartedly Thank the officers of the EB that have finished their term this year.
Executive Board 2015-2017
Next meeting President
Jay Riva Cambrin
Carlos Gagliardi Via GLEN
Sew Wan Tew