The annual meetings of the ISPN are integral to the ethos of the Society and provide a mechanism for the exchange of scientific information for the betterment of our patients wherever they be in the world. The intention is that this should also lead to a more rapid evolution of the art of pediatric neurosurgery by discussion and dissemination of new surgical techniques and a better understanding of the pathologies which we treat.
From the first meeting in Tokyo in 1973 to the most recent meeting in Cape Town, the Society has visited all the continents of the globe to spread its philosophy of improving the care of children with surgically treatable neurological conditions. Our meetings have also allowed friendships to develop across the world which cross the boundaries of race, creed and color and share the common goal of improving the health care of children. We have also had a very good time in the process and who can resist this marvelous cross-cultural exchange!
We must also acknowledge the enormous amount of work that organizing these meetings take and so we honor our host President and their organizing teams, as well as their splendid venues.