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Elsevier and Brain Mapping Foundation co-host 6th Annual World Congress of IBMISPS

Amsterdam, April 6, 2009 Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services and Brain Mapping Foundation, announced today that it will Co-host the 6th Annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Image Guided Therapy, August 26-29, 2009 at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

The International Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Surgical Planning Society's (IBMISPS) annual world congress aims to break boundaries in science, technology, medicine and healthcare policy with presentations and exhibitions from pioneering leaders in a range of disciplines.

Kern Medical Center is the CME provider and co-sponsor of the annual IBMISPS World Congress (, which is a multi-disciplinary forum designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary dissemination of technological and medical advances and scientific discovery among physicians, scientists, biotechnologists, engineers, policy makers and healthcare executives.

This year's event will also be accessible via virtual conference and podcast. Due to requests for late submissions the deadline for abstracts and paper submission has been extended to April 30, 2009.

Congress sessions range from basic translational research and multidisciplinary clinical practice and surgery, to healthcare policy, neuroMarketing and neuroeconomics, including: brain mapping, image guided therapy/surgery, multi-modality imaging, biophotonics, healthcare policy, FDA regulations, bioethics, biomedical, chemical and materials engineering, neuroscience, bioinformatics and grid technology, physiology, stem-cell therapy, imaging guided drug delivery, and operating rooms and hospitals of the future, stereotactic radiosurgery, human brain computer interface, brain implants, Spine of the future and spine instrumentation and nanomedicine, virtual reality neurosurgery and electronic nose for sniffing cancers.

To supplement a number of invited keynote speakers, multiple oral and poster presentations will be selected from the call for papers. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council is tentatively scheduled for a presentation.

The following is the list of confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Mr. Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchorman and Founder of Remind Foundation
  • Mr. Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of SBE
  • Col (S) Michael S. Jaffee, MD, FS, USAF, National Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), Walter Reed Army Medical Center, US ARMY, Washington, DC, USA
  • Captain E. Melissa Kaime, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), USA Armed Forces, Washington DC, USA
  • Peter M. Black, MD, PhD, Franc D. Ingraham Professor of Neurosurgery, Founding Chair, Dept. of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Franc D Ingraham, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, USA
  • Keith L. Black MD, Chairman, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgery Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA
  • Jim Cloar, Vice President and Manager of Medtronic Navigation, Medtronic Inc.

Elsevier, IBMISPS and Brain Mapping Foundation will also Co-host a virtual conference in tandem with the physical event in Boston, providing a truly interactive event that will allow people to sample the high-quality content and networking opportunities that the congress and exhibition provide from their desk. The virtual conference adds an exciting technological development to this well respected event and enables participation from anywhere in the world, ensuring that time and travel budgets are no barrier to attending. It is anticipated that overall attendance will be significantly increased as a result, benefiting speakers, delegates and sponsors alike.

Nigel Clear, Elsevier's Director of Conferences, commented: "This authoritative and forward thinking event is a great example of the type of interactive, groundbreaking conferences Elsevier aims to produce. The mix of keynote speakers, oral sessions, and poster presentations will create a stimulating environment for academics, researchers, clinicians, and representatives from industry and governmental agencies to discuss cutting-edge technological advancements in this area."

"It is a great honor to have Admiral Michael Mullen, Mr. Bob Woodruff and other distinguished keynote speakers and prominent scientists, surgeons, engineers and physicians on this program" said, Babak Kateb, Founding Chairman of IBMISPS and Scientific Director of Brain Mapping Foundation; "IBMISPS and Brain Mapping Foundation are committed to scientific excellence and proud to partnering with Elsevier on this world class program", he continued.

The congress is relevant for neurosurgeons, radiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation medicine, cardiologists, pulmonologists, bioethicists, policy makers, government officials, engineers, physicists, graphic designers, allied healthcare professionals, healthcare executives, students, post-doctorates, residents and fellows. The annual congress attracts numerous prominent international figures in science, medicine and government. Limited resident and student travel awards are available to the top three abstract submissions that are submitted by April 30th 2009.


Contact: Shira Tabachnikoff

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