SBMT Elects Saleem Abdulrauf as President to Promote and Advance,
Technology, Innovation and Research in Neurosurgery for 2019-2020.
I am honored and humbled to elected the 17th President of the Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT). I fully embrace the concept that led to the founding of this society by Dr. Babak Kateb. This concept is based on bringing together innovators from the scientific, technology, industry, and government arenas to form a "Think Tank" to fast forward our understanding of the Brain and the treatment of diseases that affect it.
As the President of the Walter E Dandy Neurosurgical Society, I have developed relationships with key leaders within this specialty worldwide. Perhaps more importantly, the Dandy Society is becoming the educational home for young neurosurgeons globally. These young leaders in the field of neurosurgery could significantly expand their contributions in the educational and research arenas by collaborating with the SBMT clinicians and scientists. I envision collaborative educational forums between the two societies in multiple continents. Likewise, I envision collaborations in basic science, clinical and translational research trials (institutional, national, and multinational).
My key role will be to deepen the neurosurgical footprint of the SBMT while at the same time reach out to our colleagues from the various clinical and scientific disciples that make up this organization to make sure that their ideas and contributions are welcomed and expanded.
Saleem I. Abdulrauf, MD, FACS
17th President of the SBMT
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Saint Louis University, St. Louis. USA.
History of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT)
Over the 16 years since its founding, the SBMT has fostered dramatic advances in brain measurement and therapy by bringing about a pioneering transformation of the way in which leaders and innovators interact in advancing the science and technology of brain science. The SBMT draws its own structure from the massively parallel and reciprocal connection principle that is so tremendously effective in the human brain itself: the SBMT has a broad, dynamic focus for reciprocally connecting scientists and entrepreneurs. The advancements of our understanding the brain and nervous system support that focus by drawing on the widest possible array of inputs and sources.At remarkable annual meetings, SBMT has drawn together:
- space scientists from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL),
- technology champions from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the military branches and the Los Alamos National Laboratory,
- the collective academic neuroscientists from hundreds of research universities around the world,
- major governmental agencies supporting clinical science such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Veterans Administration,
- the President of the United States and political leaders from the US Congress that keep our nation focused on serving the people through the advancement of science,
- leading clinical scientists from the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, orthopedics, anesthesiology, and physical medicine,
- Scientists and other leadership from the world's leading technology corporations.
- Industry leaders (device and pharmaceutical)
- International delegations from all continents