Welcome Address ISPN 2021 Singapore
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
The 48th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, which was to take place in Singapore in October 2020, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected all of us. We are pleased to inform you that the meeting will now take place in Singapore from 14 - 18 November 2021, and on behalf of the ISPN and the Local Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to Singapore for the meeting.
We are also very happy to inform you that the 48th Annual ISPN Meeting will be held concurrently with the International Federation of Neuroendoscopy's 10th World Congress of Neuroendoscopy. Many pediatric neurosurgeons practice neuroendoscopy and are also members of the IFNE; the conjoint meetings will provide the opportunity for many of our members to attend both meetings at one go, especially since some degree of travel restrictions may still be present, post-COVID.
The annual scientific meeting of the ISPN is the venue for the exchange of scientific and medical information among paediatric neurosurgeons and research scientists for advancing the care of children with neurosurgical diseases and disorders, while the World Congress of Neuroendoscopy is the international venue where brain, skull base and spinal endoscopic techniques and knowledge will be presented and exchanged. There will be great opportunities for the sharing of the state-of-art and rapidly-advancing modern day management of neurosurgical illnesses in children and in the use of neuroendoscopy.
We welcome you to Singapore, our vibrant cosmopolitan city located at Asia’s crossroads, where you will find an eclectic blend of the East and West, of culture, cuisine, arts, science, technology and architecture, a destination where you will discover enriching and memorable experiences. You will feel the pulse of our multi-cultural heritage and experience a myriad of local and international entertainment choices, a fascinating gastronomic journey, colourful festivals – a wealth of experiences that you will remember, long after the meeting ends. And you can rest assured that the highest level of COVID-preventive measures will be taken to make you safe when you are in Singapore (if there is still a requirement to do so).
This meeting in Singapore is the first time the ISPN Annual Scientific Meeting and the World Congress of Neuroendoscopy have come to this part of the world, where more than half of the world’s population of children live. It will give tremendous exposure to pediatric neurosurgery and neuroendoscopy in the region and make the ISPN and IFNE more accessible to neurosurgeons in the South‐east Asian countries and beyond. Come join us in Singapore and help fuel the growing need for paediatric neurosurgery in South‐east Asia and its surrounding regions and foster the growth of pediatric neurosurgery and neuroendoscopy in this part of the world.
Seow Wan Tew
Chair of the 48th Annual Meeting of the ISPN
Senior Consultant | Department of Neurosurgery
National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Singapore