Dear Colleagues,

It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd Congress of Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, September 13-16, 2017.

Looking forward to South East Europe Neurosurgical Society (SeENS) 3rdCongress during a period of five years, in SeENS we share a sense and sensibility of pride in the accomplishments of results achieved in proving neurosurgical care, training and research in South East Europe by promoting expertise exchange and cooperation amongst neurosurgeons in the region in the short time space since SeENS inception in 2012.

These include a series of scientific symposia, workshops and hands on courses organized in cooperation with
eminent host institutions in so far eight countries across Southeast Europe, Belgrade 2013 SeENS First Congress, Sarajevo 2015 SeENS Second Congress, the affiliate membership of SeENS in the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), as well as the full membership in the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), and the official partnership of SeENS with the Journal of Neurological Surgery (SeENS Editorial part 1 2012-2017, available online). But equally importantly, we pride in a genuine sense and sensibility of caring and sharing through SeENS network, which we cherish and seek to develop further in our quest for a better neurosurgery of tomorrow, thus providing best possible neurosurgical care to our patient, as well as, best possible education to young neurosurgeons in South-East Europe.

The 3rd SeENS Congress will undoubtedly be an important landmark in that quest. The Congress President, Prof. dr. Ioan Stefan Florian, Head of Neurosurgery Department at Cluj County Emergency Hospital, has been one of the pillars of SeENS since the very beginning, generously sharing his rich expertise in all our activities and events. The host city of the Congress, Cluj-Napoca, is a prominent center of neurosurgery in Romania and the region, with long tradition and experience in organizing scientific and educational events. The topics of the Congress, which focus on midline tumors, surgery in spine and spinal cord tumors, concomitant head and spine trauma, and new advances in research and education in neurosurgery, are highly significant and up to date. In short, all the ingredients are in place for a stimulating and valuable academic, scientific, educational, professional, interpersonal and social exchange.

So, let us all do our best to contribute to the 3rd SeENS Congress in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, September 13-16, 2017, and continue to build new bridges of knowledge, understanding and borderless cooperation.



Lukas Rasulic, M.D, PhD

President Elect