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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my honor, privilege and pleasure to invite you to the upcoming 8th Annual Meeting of Serbian Neurosurgical Society with international participation “Current concept in military neurosurgery – The state in the field” which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 8-10, 2022. We are delighted that the 8th Annual Meeting of Serbian Neurosurgical Society will be held as a Joint meeting with Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society.

The global theme of the meeting is “Current concept in military neurosurgery – The state in the field” and it will bring together leading national and international experts from the field of military neurosurgery. This unique event will be the first meeting completely dedicated to the military neurosurgery in this region in the recent history.

The scientific program will cover areas of military neurosurgery what we announce as the state in the field:

  • Neurotraumatology: Head, Brain, Spine, Nerve
  • Quality of life
  • Trends, Insights, Innovations, Technology & Beyond
  • Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality
  • Mass casualties Complex dynamics, solutions and outcome in elementary catastrophes
  • Elective neurosurgery in the field

Specific clinical examination, diagnostic procedures, treatments, complications, outcome and quality of life, as well as recent advances, new trends, insights, innovations, technology, artificial intelligence and many more interesting topics will be in the focus of our professional gathering in Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia within four days, including premeeting educational courses.

Following our mainstream which is continuous medical education targeting young neurosurgeons, educational grants will be available through our philanthropic education and support program.

We are honored that since the 1st SNSS Annual meeting held in Belgrade in 2015, we have succeeded in increasing the visibility and presence of Serbian neurosurgeons in the international neurosurgical community, and that many renowned international experts have accepted to attend our meetings. I am proud that through the development of international cooperation, and following contemporary professional accomplishments, trends and innovations, we have been able to achieve understanding across disciplines, institutions, individuals and generations. The SNSS annual meeting has evolved from the one-day event to four-day-long meetings with over 100 international faculty members attending each of them.

In this venture, understanding and integrating multiple perspectives is a must. Not only because we need both to specialize and to have the holistic picture, but because appreciating one another’s points of view is important for the spirit of collegiality. To paraphrase the famous line by the English poet John Donne: No surgeon is an island. This year we are also marking three important anniversaries – 178 years of the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, 99 years since the founding of neurosurgery in Serbia and 84 years of the Clinic of Neurosurgery at the Clinical Center of Serbia.

Over recent years, Serbia has become clearly recognizable on the world map of neurosurgery, hosting a series of significant international neurosurgical events. The crowning one so far was the WFNS 2019 International Meeting held in Belgrade, as well as the EANS 2022 Congress, in Belgrade, that will provide an excellent opportunity to look back and to look forward, and to explore the path for the future. The fact that Serbia has been entrusted with hosting two major international neurosurgical congresses is an unprecedented development not only in our country, not only in the field of neurosurgery, but overall in the field of medicine in the world.

We are very glad that the relevant institutions of the Republic of Serbia have recognized the significance of neurosurgical education, and we appreciate their continued support in that respect. Our thanks also go to the philanthropy of the many socially responsible companies and individuals, who appreciate our activities aimed at enhancing expertise and neurosurgery without frontiers, always keeping in mind that the essence of our profession is the well-being of every individual patient. Special thanks goes to the Ministry of Defense Republic of Serbia and Military Medical Academy for ground breaking operations in this mission.

The host city of Belgrade is well known for its hospitality and experiencing the Belgrade way of life will undoubtedly be an unforgettable memory. I am confident that this event will open new perspectives and result in a fruitful interprofessional and interpersonal exchange.

We look forward to welcoming you to Belgrade!

Prof. Dr. Lukas Rasulic
Honorary President of the Meeting
President of the Serbian Neurosurgical Society
President of the Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society