I am delighted to report that our recent meeting held in the Bahamas was exceptionally well attended, with a final registration of 234 people from 20 different countries – the highest ever for ASPN!
I would like to thank all those who made this meeting successful. I was humbled by the thoughtfulness, creativity, innovation and quality of our presenters. We enjoyed an exceptional set of instructional courses and invited speakers – thank you for freely sharing your approaches to problems in nerve injury and regeneration.
The meeting had eight scientific paper sessions with 59 podium presentations and a poster session that showcased 20 posters. For the first year we decided to include electronic posters as well. I would like to thank members of the Scientific Program Committee for the huge amount of time and effort they spent to review and grade the numerous abstract submissions and for judging the presentations during the meeting. Congratulations to Gwendolyn Hoben (Schwann Cell Senescence: A Key Role in Reducing Axon Regeneration) and Chelsea Snider (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-1 Channel Blockade in the Peripheral Nerve Terminal by Resiniferatoxin for the Treatment of Chronic Pain) for the Best Research Presentations; and to Joseph Catapano for the Best Clinical Presentation, entitled “Corneal Reinnervation: a Minimally Invasive Approach.” Our poster award winner was Alison Snyder-Warwick for her work entitled “Morphologic Characterization and Lifespan of Terminal Schwann Cells.”
The AAHS/ASPN Joint Invited Speaker, Susan Mackinnon, spoke on “Pathway to Innovation in Academic Surgery: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” in which she recounted her personal journey of innovation and progress in nerve surgery and nerve injury research. International Guest Speaker, Fausto Viterbo, discussed the evolution of end to side nerve transfer, including its contemporary rediscovery and subsequent scientific investigations. President Nash Naam delivered a lecture on “The Magic Power of Touch.” I am personally indebted to Nash for his wisdom, leadership, and hands-on engagement during the shaping of this year’s program. Joint Presidential Keynote Lecturer Ramez Naam discussed “The Wired Brain: The Frontiers of Neural Prosthetics” from his unique perspective as a software engineer, author and futurist.
I am truly delighted to have served as your Program Chair of our 2015 meeting. Thank you again for making it such a success!
Gregory H. Borschel
2014-2015 ASPN Program Chair
University of Toronto Dept of Surgery
and the Hospital for Sick Children Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery