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  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Biennial Meeting

    Event Date

    Jun 20 2020 to Jun 23 2020

    About The Event



    The ASSFN 2020 Biennial Meeting is dedicated to the rapidly growing specialty of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The meeting emphasizes cutting-edge clinical applications and recent discoveries in the basic neurosciences and the impact they will have on future advances in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.

    The meeting will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Meeting Highlights:

    Attend Daily Plenary Sessions exploring thought-provoking topics with speakers working on the leading edge of technology. This year’s Plenary Session topics are: Neuroscience Frontiers; Neuromodulation; Epilepsy; Pain/Addiction; Movement Disorders; and Future Opportunities.

    Tailor your meeting experience to meet your specific needs with Parallel Sessions. This year’s Parallel Session topics are: Insular, Peri-Sylvian, & Extra-Temporal Epilepsy; Pain; Epilepsy Case Discussions; Psychiatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Epilepsy; Movement Disorders; and Radiosurgery.

    In addition to data-driven science, the ASSFN 2020 Biennial Meeting will also include plenty of entertainment. Enjoy cocktails and connect with peers at the Opening Reception or in the Exhibit Hall, and enjoy all that the beautiful city of Boston has to offer.

    New this Year:

    We are pleased to partner with the American Epilepsy Society (AES) for the 2020 meeting. To this end, the Scientific Program Committee, under the leadership of Sameer Sheth, have partnered with AES on program the development of epilepsy sessions that will be of great interest to the entire membership, but with additional featured content specifically focused on epilepsy surgery. Also included in the program are cutting-edge advances in our field across the disciplines of engineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and many more. We invite all of our AES colleagues to attend the meeting!

    This year, we are thrilled to welcome Honored Guest Dennis Spencer, the Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery; Chief, Epilepsy Surgery; Director, Epilepsy Fellowship; Director, Pituitary Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. The Honored Guest Luncheon, “Evolution of Intracranial Studies for Epilepsy,” will be held Monday, June 22 from 11:40 am–1:00 pm.


    Medical registration includes the following:

    • Daily Continental Breakfasts
    • Daily Beverage Breaks
    • Daily Plenary and Parallel Sessions
    • Entrance to the Exhibit Hall
    • One ticket to Saturday Opening Reception
    • Admittance to the Poster Session with Wine & Cheese on Monday    

     Registration Rates

    Member TypeReceived on or Before May 28, 2020Received After May 28, 2020
    ASSFN Member Physician
    (including foreign ESSFN/WSSFN members – subject to verification)
    $645 $475
    Nonmember Physician $795 $895
    Nonmember Physician: Join ASSFN* and register (includes $285 membership application fee) $930 $1,030
    American Epilepsy Society Member / Epileptologists $295 $345
    Graduate Students/Post-doctorates* (Must submit a letter confirming student status.) $200 $300
    ASSFN Associate member, Non-physician (PhD, RN/NP/PA) $325 $425
    Nonmember Associate, Non-physician (PhD, RN/NP/PA) $475 $575
    Nonmember Associate, Non-physician: Join ASSFN* and register
    (PhD, RN/NP/PA) (includes $160 membership application fee)
    $485 $585
    Resident/Fellow (with letter from Program Director) $325 $425

    Register today using one of these four methods:

    Fax: 972-349-7715
    Phone: 800-931-9543 or 972-349-5539
    Mail: ASSFN Registration Center
    6100 W. Plano Parkway , Suite 3500
    Plano, TX 75093

    The ASSFN Registration Center is not responsible for faxes or emails not received due to circumstances beyond their control.

    Additional Courses:

    Special Course 1: Stereotactic Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe semiology and typical EEG findings of common surgical epilepsy syndromes
    • Discuss implant strategies from both the epileptology and neurosurgical perspectives
    • Create stereotactic implant plans for sEEG procedures using a variety of planning platforms

    Special Course 2: Advances in Movement Disorders Surgery

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Discuss basic biophysical concepts underlying interactions between electrical stimulation and tissue
    • Apply biophysical models to stereotactic planning for DBS procedures
    • Use 3D holographic platforms to visualize basal ganglia anatomy and plan DBS trajectories
    Residents/Fellows $150
    ASSFN Members $250
    Nonmember Physicians $250
    American Epilepsy Society Members $150

    Lunch Session: BRAIN Initiative (Complimentary)

    Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the goals of the BRAIN Initiative as it pertains to advancing mental health
    • Review how the BRAIN Initiative is utilizing neurosurgery to advance our basic science understanding of human brain function
    • Identify opportunities for clinical-scientists to successfully apply for BRAIN Initiative grants

    Hotel Reservations:

    To book a reservation at The Westin Boston Waterfront at the group rate of $289 per night, go to or call 800-937-8461 and reference “2020 ASSFN Biennial Meeting.” The group rate is available until May 28, 2020. Subject to availability.

    The deadline for making reservations at the ASSFN group rate is Thursday, May 28, 2020. Any reservations requested after this date will be based on availability.

    Complimentary internet will be provided to all ASSFN attendee guestrooms along with complimentary access to the Fitness Center.

    Reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card equal to one night’s room and tax.

    Robert Gross
    ASSFN President
    Emad N. Eskander
    Meeting Chairman
    Sameer A. Sheth
    Scientific Program

    Industry Support


    Boston, Massachusetts

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    Phone: 847-240-2500
    Toll-free: 877-517-1CNS
    Fax: 847-240-0804

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