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ICKNS ISMINS - Nov, 2018

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON KEYHOLE NEUROSURGERY( ICKNS) to be held on November 2-4, 2018, in Suzhou, China, supported by the International Society on Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and the Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons, hosted by the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University.
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5th ISMINS Educational Meeting

5th ISMINS Educational Meeting and 19th Annual Interventional Neuroradiology Symposium
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4th Educational Course - May 2019

4th Educational Course - May 2019, Phuket, Thailand, Sakchai Sae-Heng Click for More >>



The concept of minimally invasive neurosurgery was explored by Professor Dr. Axel Perneczky in the 80s, and it was his dream to establish an international society to coordinate efforts in developing this technique. Even though he was not able to realize this dream, a group of like-minded colleagues from around the world decided to create an international scientific society that would encourage the research and development of minimally invasive techniques based on modern technologies that could reduce the risks of conventional procedures in our patients. Hence, in 2011, the International Society on Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (ISMINS) was founded, chaired by Professor Yoko Kato from Japan.

Our society aims to develop minimally invasive neurosurgery across all disciplines, from the most basic technique to the most advanced ones. We also wish to provide new and novel concepts in improving surgical treatments and outcomes, because with minimally invasive techniques, we can accomplish effective approaches with minimal tissue traumatization, and the preservation of neurological functions. We at ISMINS make it our goal to support young neurosurgeons around the world who are interested in minimally invasive neurosurgery, to train them, to educate them, and to hone their skills.

Our vision is to promote the sharing of knowledge and the enhancement of skills in minimally invasive neurosurgery world wide in order to improve treatment outcomes.


Minimally invasive neurosurgery is aimed at minimizing brain or spinal tissue injury during surgery, hence reducing morbidity from the procedure. A small surgical wound is more cosmetically desirable, but more than that, with minimally invasive techniques, minimal injury along the surgical entry route can be achieved.

The development of advanced surgical modalities helps to achieve this goal. Tools such as endoscope and interactive computer imaging with stereotaxy – both with and without frames – are used independently and in combination to navigate a safe and minimally damaging path within the cranium and spine. With the advent of new radiological technologies in brain imaging , interventional neuroradiology and stereotactic radiosurgery, further depth and dimensions are added to the concept of minimally invasive approaches, as well as diminishing the need for open surgery. In order to achieve this, the utilization of technologically advanced adjuncts is vital in enhancing the precision of the treatment.

Minimally invasive neurosurgery provides several advantages over the conventional technique, namely a shorter hospital stay and earlier post-operative ambulation. These in turn can reduce the cost of hospitalization for the patient. However, this technique also has its disadvantages. Inadequate sampling of a mass much larger than the surgical space provides can lead to suboptimal outcomes. The space along the path toward the surgical field is limited; achieving hemostasis can potentially be an issue. In some procedures, minimally invasive surgery may not be adequate to obtain complete resection or obliteration, hence a multidisciplinary approach can prove useful. For example, radiointervention for a giant aneurysm or a large arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is needed in combination with microsurgical treatment to achieve a complete cure.

Founding Members

Giovanni Ugo Francesco Broggi

Vice President


Ling Feng

Co-Vice President


Armando Jorge Basso

Chairman Advisory Board


Executive Council

Yoko Kato


Giovanni Broggi




Enrique Ferrer


Azmi Alias

Secretary, Co-vice & Web Manager

Lucia Benvenuti

Assistant Secretary



Armando Basso

Chair of Advisory Board

Yves Keravel

Advisory Board Members

Kentaro Mori

Advisory Board Members

Masaaki Taniguci

Advisory Board Members

Maurice Choux

Advisory Board Members

Klaus DM Resch

Co-vice & Web Manager

Concezio Di Rocco

Journal Advisor


Executive Board Members

  • Alexander Potapov
  • Ahmed Zohdi
  • Klaus Resch
  • Selva Kumar
  • Fuminari Komatsu
  • Qing Lan
  • Eka Wahjoepramono
  • Tetsuya Nagatani
  • Shoichiro Ishihara
  • Salman Sharif
  • Michael Lawton
  • Vladimir Benes
  • Mahmood Qureshi
  • Enrique Osario
  • Asra Fauzi
  • Scott Robertson
  • Shigeru Miyachi’
  • Sakchai Sae-Heng
  • Joachim Andre Grotenhuis

Founding Members

  • Giovanni Broggi, Italy
  • Armando Basso, Argentina
  • Lucia Benvenuti, Italy
  • Luiz Carlos de Alencastro, Brazil
  • Concezio di Rocco, Italy
  • Enrique Ferrer, Spain
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi, Italy
  • Yoko Kato, Japan
  • Yves Keravel, France
  • Engelbert Knosp, Austria
  • Feng Ling, China
  • Guillermo Fernández Molina, Argentina


ISMINS Activities

1ST ISMINS Congress

March 20-23, 2012, Florence, Italy, Giancarlo Guizzardi & Lucia Benvenuti

2nd ISMINS Congress

September 12-14, 2014,
Xian, China,
Ling Feng

3rd ISMINS Congress

Oct. 18-21, 2016
Cairo, Egypt
Ahmed Zohdi

4th ISMINS Congress

April 21-22, 2018
Moscow, Russia
Alexander Potapov

5th ISMINS Congress

August 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia
Eka Wahjoepramono

6th ISMINS Congress

Open for bidding in 2018 ( Moscow)


ISMINS Activities

3rd ISMINS Meeting


3rd ISMINS Meeting


3rd ISMINS Meeting





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Payment Details

Name of Bank:
Mitsui Sumitomo Bank
Name of Branch:
Nagoya Ekimae Branch
Account Name:
ISMINS Daihyo Kato Yoko
Account Number:
Code SWIFT Code
1-2-5,Meieki, Nakamura ward, Nagoya city, Aichi, 45900002, Japan


Events and Meetings of ISMINS

# Event Date Venue Host
1. 1ST ISMINS Congress March 20-23, 2012 Florence, Italy Giancarlo Guizzardi & Lucia Benvenuti
2. Educational Course Oct. 6, 2013 Vienna, Austria Engelbert Knosp Click for More
3. 2nd ISMINS Congress Sept 12-14, 2014 Xian, China Ling Feng Click for More
4. Educational Course Oct 1-5, 2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Azmi Alias Click for More
5. 3rd ISMINS Congress Oct. 18-21, 2016 Cairo, Egypt Ahmed Zohdi Click for More
6. Interim Meeting Feb 12, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Kentaro Mori & Masaaki Taniguchi Click for More
7. 4th ISMINS Congress April 21-22, 2018 Moscow, Russia Alexander Potapov Brochure
8. Interim Educational Course ( Proposal) Aug / Sept 2018 Toronto, Canada Michael Tymianski
9. 5th Educational Meeting 27-30, Sept 2018 Toronto, Canada Ivan Radovanovic
Michael Tymianski
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10. Interim Meeting May 2019 Phuket, Thailand Sakchai Sae-Heng Click for More
11. 5th ISMINS Congress August 2020 Jakarta, Indonesia Eka Wahjoepramono Click for More
12. Interim Meeting 2021 Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China Qing Lan, Zhao Guoguang
13. 6th ISMINS Congress 2022 Open for bidding in 2018 (Moscow)
14. 5th Educational Course 2-4, Nov, 2018 Suzhou, China Qing Lan, M.D Broucher

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