Christmas letter by IFNE President

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Dear members of the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy,

It is hard to believe, but 2022 will come to an end soon. Time to review what happened in the last year.

Fortunately, the dynamic of the Corona pandemic slowed down so we had the chance to have again physical meetings such as the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Meeting in Bogota or the postponed World Federation of Skull Base Societies Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. We were very happy to meet old friends in person and had the chance to make new friends. Also IFNE activities went from purely webinar events to physical meetings.

First of all I want to mention the IFNE Neuroendoscopy Course, perfectly organized by Giuseppe Cinalli and Luigi Cavallo in Naples from July 18 till July 22. As usual, this course was extremely successful and the feedback of the participants was extraordinary positive.

The other major IFNE endorsed neuroendoscopy course took part from September 11 till September 15 in Homburg/Saar in Germany, organized by Joachim Oertel and his team. This course consisted of 3 modules, dealing with intraventricular endoscopy, skull base endoscopy and spine endoscopy. This course had only positive feedbacks as well.

The major event of the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy was the Interim Meeting of the IFNE which was performed in conjunction with the 7th Annual Meeting of the Neuroendoscopy Society of India from October 29 till October 30 in Hyderabad, India. We are very grateful to Dr. Manas Panigrahi, Dr. Subodh Raju and Dr. Suresh Sankhla for putting together an extraordinary scientific program which led to exciting discussions about various aspects of neuroendoscopy. Additionally, everybody enjoyed the great Indian hospitality and the social program.

Although the Corona pandemic is fortunately less and less influencing our life, the war in Ukraine led to a worldwide crisis, high inflation rates and a lot of suffering for people not only in the Ukraine, but all over the world. Especially the costs for energy and food have increased markedly and effect humanity worldwide. I sincerely hope that this war comes to an end soon to stop the suffering around the world. Despite of all of these problems, we look forward to a better year in 2023, full of activities of the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy.

Our first event will be the Naples Course, which will be held as usual in January 2023. I encourage our members to register for this course because places are limited.

Our main event, of course, will be the World Congress of Neuroendoscopy to be held in Singapore from November 18 till November 22, 2023. The congress chairman Sew Wan Tew and our Scientific Committee Chairman, Luigi Cavallo, will put an interesting meeting together, covering all aspects of neuroendoscopy. Please block the date in your calendar. I look forward to seeing you all in Singapore.

Finally, I want to encourage all our members to renew the membership in 2023 to get all the benefits such as reduced congress fees, reduced registrations fees for our courses, and a special subscription rate for World Neurosurgery. IFNE can only become a successful society when all members get involved in our activities.

And last but not least, I want to thank Georgia Tsatsou and the entire Erasmus team for their continuing support to IFNE in this financially difficult time.

I wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. I hope you will have time to relax and to enjoy your holidays with your family.

Henry W. S. Schroeder
President, International Federation of Neuroendoscopy
Greifswald, December 22, 2023