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Christmas letter by IFNE President

23/12/2020


Dear members of the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy,

A strange year comes to an end. It was dominated by the overwhelming COVID pandemic which changed our life tremendously. As a young society we had so many plans to promote and train neuroendoscopy world-wide. Unfortunately, most of them had to be cancelled. Before the pandemic we had the excellent course in Naples, organized by our Past President Peppe Cinalli, which is usually the starting event of our annual course series. After that all courses and additionally our Interim meeting in Hyderabad had to be cancelled. The only exception was the Homburger Neuroendoscopy Week organized by Joachim Oertel who braved the pandemic. A light in the dark…

To be present as an active society and to meet our mission to promote neuroendoscopy, we decided to offer a series of webinars. We had 12 webinars covering all main topics of neuroendoscopy. The attendance was excellent with app. 150 to over 300 participants in each webinar. The IFNE is very grateful to Salman Sharif and Imad Ullah who kindly host all of our webinars. Since there is nowadays an inflation of webinars, we stopped that series.

Our next activity in January 2021 will be a Naples online course organized by Peppe Cinalli, probably including live surgery transmitted from various institutions. We really look forward to it.

Furthermore, I want to encourage all IFNE members to contribute to our ongoing TROPHY study evaluating the effect of neuroendoscopic lavage on posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus steered by Uli Thomale and to the colloid cyst study initiated by Jonathan Roth and Shlomi Constantini on pediatric colloid cysts. Of course, IFNE would appreciate new study ideas.

I sincerely hope that with the ongoing vaccination we will overcome the pandemic in the middle of the new year. Our next year highlight will be the World Congress of Neuroendoscopy to be held in Singapore, November 13 to 16 organized as a joint meeting with the ISPN. Our Congress Chairman Sew Wan Tew, and our Scientific Committee Chairman, Luigi Cavallo, will put an interesting meeting together. I really look forward to seeing you all face-to-face.

Finally, I wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. Hopefully, you can find some rest during the coming holidays at the end of this chaotic year.

Henry W. S. Schroeder
President, International Federation of Neuroendoscopy
Greifswald, December 23, 2020