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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to our 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society. Our theme this year is “Neuromodulation & Brain Computer Interface”.

We are glad to have our good friend and eminent guest joining our meeting in person. Takaomi Taira, Professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Past President of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Japan Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery will share with us his experience in using focused ultrasound in movement disorders in a sponsored lecture.

It is our great honour to have Edward Chang, Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences, USA to elucidate how he decodes and synthesizes speech in human. Kai Miller, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic will share his vast experience in the use of Brain Computer Interface in patients with motor deficits.

When we talk about deep brain stimulation (DBS), Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders always come to people’s mind. Chang Jin Woo, Department of Neurosurgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Past President of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Korean Neurosurgical Society, will enlighten us in the expedition of the new horizon of DBS for various psychiatric conditions.

Nowadays, there are various developments in neuromodulation which are pertaining to our neurosurgical patients. Our renowned guest speaker, Raymond Onders, Director, Adult Minimally Invasive Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Centre, USA, was the surgeon who helped the paralyzed “Superman” star Christopher Reeve to breathe without a ventilator using diaphragmatic pacing stimulation system. Gabriel Wong, an ENT surgeon from New Jersey, USA will explain the use of hypoglossal nerve stimulation for moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnoea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.

Furthermore, local collaboration with neuroscientists and engineers is crucial if we wish to go an extra mile in advancing neuromodulation and brain computer interface in Hong Kong. There will be a round table discussion on how we can cooperate further with Professors Raymond Tong (CUHK), Thomas Choi (PolyU), and Leanne Chan (CityU).

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Calvin Mak and the organizing committee, the Secretariat, all helpers, the commercial sponsors, and all of you who participated. I hope you would find the meeting interesting and useful to your practice. I hope we can welcome all our guest speakers in person here in Hong Kong next time.

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Dr.Michael Lee

President

The Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society

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Dear Members and Friends,

 

It is my honor to announce the commencement of our 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society. As the COVID-19 pandemic is under better control, we are glad to resume our usual ASM as a hybrid meeting - physically at Cordis and parallel virtual broadcast. Despite technology has greatly helped with knowledge transfer, we have all missed the mingling and chatting during and after the Annual Scientific Meeting.

 

Head injury, or a better term Traumatic Brain Injury, is an important neurosurgical condition that neurosugeons treat every day, ranging from trivial head injury to severe traumatic brain injury requiring neurocritical care. We are glad to have invited four world class experts to share with us under the meeting theme of “Updates on Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurocritical Care” , including Prof. Peter Hutchinson, Prof. Mark Wilson, Prof. Iype Cherian and Prof. Sui-sum Kung. Similar to last year, we also have two dedicated sessions from the Spine Chapter and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Chapter of the HKNS.

 

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Michael Lee for his leadership, all speakers, Organizing Committee, IT Subcommittee, the Secretariat, commercial sponsors, and all of you who are participating both online and in person. Enjoy the programme! Hope to see you all in person in 2021, and stay healthy!

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