THEME “TRAINING THE FUTURE NEUROSURGEON OF AFRICA”
The East African Association of Neurological Surgeons (EAANS) in collaboration with The University of Nairobi, welcomes you to The French Speaking Society of Neurosurgery (SNCLF) inaugural annual Comprehensive clinical neurosurgery review course for English-speaking countries of sub-Saharan Africa , in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. This course will be held at the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, May 11-13, 2015. The three day conference will provide the latest information in scientific work related to neurosurgery. During that period participants will be able to attend the clinical presentations highlighting the most recent advances in neurosurgery.
It has been a tradition to conduct Review Courses annually at this time of the year targeting mainly our postgraduate MMed Neurosurgery Residents. The Courses are also very beneficial to practicing neurosurgeons wishing to keep abreast with current advances in Neurosurgery. The previous successful courses include the WFNS Educational Course in 2011 under the chairmanship of Prof Yoko Kato (Theme: Promoting Neurosurgical Care in Africa: One World, One Vision. Building Bridges), The ISPN Educational Course in 2012 under the Chairmanship of Prof G Tamburrini (Theme: The practice of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Africa), The ISPN/Karl Storz Educational Course in 2013 under the Chairmanship of G Tamburrini (Theme: Management of Craniofacial Malformations/Hydrocephalus. CNS Infections), and The East African Association of neurological Surgeons Educational Course in 2014 (Theme: Surgery of the Craniocervical Junction). This year’s course is under the joint chairmanship of Prof NJM Mwang’ombe and Prof C Raftopoulos (President SNCLF).
We are most honored to have a distinguished panel of neurosurgeons and neuroscientists both local and international for this year’s program. The international neurosurgeons are from Europe and USA. The brief details of the International Faculty are in the program. I would like to take this opportunity welcome our International faculty, Prof Christian Raftopoulos, Prof Marc Sindou, Prof Luc Bauchet, Prof Olivier Klein and Prof Antonio Bernardo. We look forward to your valuable contribution in this Educational Course. We sincerely hope this will now be an annual event.
The theme for this year’s Conference is “Training the Future Neurosurgeon of Africa”. We have chosen this theme to reflect the great strides we have made since we embarked on the challenging task of launching our local training program in 2006 and produced our first two MMed Neurosurgery graduates in 2011. The program has so far produced 6 graduates. One of the graduates, Dr. Vincent Wekesa, is employed by the University in our Neurosurgical Unit. He is part of the local faculty today. We are truly training the future neurosurgeons of Africa. Thank you.
Prof Nimrod Juniahs M Mwang’ombe, MBChB, MMed (Surg), PhDLondon
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Kenyatta National Hospital