3rd International Conference on Complications in Neurosurgery, March 5 – 7, 2021

3rd International Conference on Complications in Neurosurgery, March 5 – 7, 2021

Keki Turel, MB, MS (Neurosurgery)
Chair, WFNS Complications in Neurosurgery Committee
Emeritus Chair, Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai

The worldwide Internet connectivity and advances in virtual technology contributed significantly to the amazing real-life like experience of the 3rd ICCN. It was a veritable scientific feast with the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Neurosurgical World, not extolling their triumphs, but admitting their failures and complications, and lessons learnt from their mistakes and mishaps.

There were 154 talks by speakers from 45 countries and 5 continents delivered over 28 hours spread over 3 days. This included 12 Special lectures, 12 Keynote addresses in 12 subspecialities of Neurosurgery, and 130 short presentations. The talks were viewed by nearly 12,000 Neurosurgeons across the world, and in diverse time zones.

The last day of the conference was dedicated to Young Neurosurgeons (YNS), starting with talks by the Neuroanatomy Committee of the WFNS, followed by a session by the Education Committee of the WFNS. The finale was papers presented by YNS from across the world, on complications encountered by them, submitted for the Best Paper Award.

I am also thankful to every single speaker who took time off to prepare and present their work at this Conference. Some of them faced very awkward time zones, either getting up very early, as in USA and South America, or sleeping very late, as in Australia and the far East. I am most grateful to all for agreeing to share their wisdom and ‘Philosophy of Complications’.

Despite not meeting physically, this virtual conference was no less than a real-life experience. Credit for this should go to our Event Manager AGP (Ashwin Gidwani Productions) for creating such a facility, ambience and seamless streaming. With the click of a button one could move from the Registration desk to the Auditorium or the Video room, the Exhibition stalls or a Chat room and Networking facility. There were no glitches, no failures, and no complications – the theme of our Conference – as we moved from one presentation to another, hour after hour, day after day, for all 3 days.

The concept of avoiding, anticipating and preventing complications and learning from them has come to stay, and will never be out of fashion. Medicine is not a perfect science and complications are always liable.

So let’s keep learning and sharing for the benefit of our patients.


December 2023