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December 12, 2016
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Recently, I flew to Valencia, Spain to attend SEN - the LXVIII Reunión Annual de la Sociedad Española de Neurología (The 68th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Neurology), where INSIGHTEC sponsored a joint symposium with GE: Focused Ultrasound: Advances in the treatment of movement disorders. The symposium featured a stellar lineup of physicians including: Dr. Jordi Rumià from Centre Médic Alomar in Barcelona, Dr. Jeff Elias from the University of Virginia in the USA, Dr. Raul Martinez and Dr. José A. Obeso from HM CINAC-HM Hospital in Madrid.


Destination: Valencia, Spain. The plan was to arrive the evening before the symposium, so that I could have some time to wander around and see the city…maybe get a chance to eat a nice dinner.


But, as I waited in the airport for my departure, the first delay was announced and then several more. Missed my connection and had to stay the night in Rome and continue to Spain the next morning. I arrived in Valencia with time to take a nap, shower and get ready for the symposium.


Expectations…I planned to stand at the main door to the symposium and hand out the Clinical Study Results of Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy for Essential Tremor. The crowd in the hallway made this impossible.  


Expectations…I planned to take a few good photographs to upload to the INSIGHTEC  Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn. The lighting in the room made that challenging.


Expectations…I had low expectations for attendance since the focused ultrasound symposium was held from 6 to 8 in the evening. I attend physician conferences around the globe and typically sessions at the end of the day are very sparsely attended.


In this case, I was so wrong…More than 100 neurologists stayed until the late hour to hear key leaders in the focused ultrasound field speak about this fascinating technology.

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