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AANS/CNS and BrainLAB Announce Winner of 2009 BrainLAB Community Neurosurgery Award

WESTCHESTER, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors and BrainLAB today announced the winner of the 2009 BrainLAB Community Neurosurgery Award. Eric Nussbaum, MD, from Minneapolis, Minn., received the award for his presentation, "Long-Term Follow-Up, Results and Complications of the Middle Fossa Approach for Hearing Preservation in Acoustic Neuromas." Dr. Nussbuam will be presented with the award during the 2009 AANS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The BrainLAB Community Neurosurgery Award was first awarded in 2007 and is presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). The award is given for the best abstract submitted related to central nervous system tumors. The award is open to neurosurgeons who practice in a non-academic setting and are a member of the Section on Tumors.

The goal of the award is to support continued brain tumor research among non-academic neurosurgeons. The 2008 award was presented to Dr. Alan Villavicencio at the AANS Annual Meeting in Chicago for his paper, "Survival Following Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme."

According to Gene Barnett, MD, FACS, Awards Chairman of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, "The continued support from BrainLAB provides a valuable contribution to the field of brain tumor research. This award recognizes and encourages the important work of young investigators in brain tumor research."

"BrainLAB is pleased to partner again this year with the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors to offer the Community Neurosurgery Award," said Paolo Jelmoni, Director of Marketing North America, BrainLAB. "We look forward to continued contributions from Dr. Nussbaum and are honored to support an award that is in line with what BrainLAB is all about--innovation."

For more information on the award and application procedures, visit or contact the AANS Development Department at 847-378-0500 or

About AANS

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 7,400 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system, including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, and peripheral nerves.

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About CNS

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is an international neurosurgical association, which has existed since 1951. The purpose of the organization is to enhance health and improve lives worldwide through the advancement of education and scientific exchange. The CNS maintains its vitality via the volunteer efforts of its members, promoting leadership in service to the public and to our colleagues in other disciplines, and to the special needs of our fellow neurosurgeons throughout the world and at every stage of their professional lives.

Members of the CNS include neurosurgeons in-training, board-eligible, and board certified physicians from the United States and other countries. Through active membership, research, advocacy and continuing medical education, the CNS is dedicated to advancing the field of Neurosurgery.

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About BrainLAB

BrainLAB develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that enables procedures that are more precise, less invasive, and also less expensive than traditional treatments. Among the core products are image-guided systems that provide highly accurate real-time information used for navigation during surgical procedures. This utility has been further expanded to serve as a computer terminal for physicians to more effectively access and interpret diagnostic scans and other digital medical information for better informed decisions. BrainLAB solutions allow expansion from a single system to operating suites to digitally integrated hospitals covering all subspecialties from neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT, CMF to spine & trauma and oncology. With 3300 systems installed in over 75 countries, BrainLAB is a market leader in image-guided technology. The privately held BrainLAB group, founded in 1989, is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and today employs 1000 people in 16 offices across Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

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