It is with great delight we invite you to the 14th Asian-Australasian Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (AAFITN 2020) at Coex, Seoul, Korea from March 11 to 13, 2020. Since the establishment of the AAFITN in 1994, the main goal of the congress has been the globalization of medical knowledge related to Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology through a well-structured system of continuing education.
Under the theme of “See the New Horizon of Neurointervention,” the congress will bring together a diverse range of professionals for a highly dynamic and stimulating scientific program, making AAFITN 2020 a unique occasion for us to engage in active networking, discuss emerging issues and share the latest cutting-edge techniques from a multidisciplinary approach.
We are sure that AAFITN 2020 will be a rewarding and unforgettable experience for all our participants attending from around the world. And during the congress, you are encouraged to discover the wonder and surprises that Seoul has to offer.
We look forward to welcoming you in Seoul, Korea!
On behalf of the organizing committee of the society of the Asian-Australasian Federation of Interventional Neuroradiology (AAFITN), I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity to give a welcome message for the 14th Annual Academic Congress of the AAFITN in Seoul.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the original founders of our society and present a brief introduction of the history of our society. The AAFITN was established in 1994 by Prof. Ling Feng. Thereafter, the academic congress was held every two years. As an international body, we all are aware of the multitude of ideals and beliefs of our unique members, who come from various racial, political, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Moreover, Asia includes many newly developing countries. However, we, the AAFITN, are a deeply inter-connected group of dedicated, strong-willed individuals who as a group have a vast potential power to develop and expand as a great force to further help more of our people and the world at large. And one of the hidden strengths of our world domain includes many continually growing countries who are supported by a young generation of neurointerventionists. These young individuals earnestly want to learn the techniques of neurointervention, but there is a problem of access and insufficient means for learning. Our prior challenge was to help and salvage such young energetic trainees. Currently this is one of the biggest missions of our AAFITN.
Year after year, a myriad of new devices and technologies based on revolutionary concepts are innovated and designed to create an exciting neuroendovascular field, making our discipline one of the most stimulating and fascinating academic and clinical areas in modern medicine. We are on the cutting-edge of ever growing world-wide scientific breakthroughs in health care, and there is certainly much more to come from all corners of the world. In particular, mechanical thrombectomy has become a revolutionarily indispensable treatment option for acute stroke. Due to its overwhelming success in clinical outcomes, the systematization of thrombectomy in capable stroke centers has spread like wildfire to almost every country. In 2017, AAFITN distributed a questionnaire about the status of each member country. The results clarified the big differences between countries, which further emphasized the high hurdles which confront us as a health care organization, and show us just how much we need to improve our performance to deliver the most up-to-date treatment system according to world consensus standards. However, despite the difficulties which confront us, the growing number of patients saved from severe stroke sequelae are steadily increasing due to the outstanding efforts of many of our AAFITN friends here today.
Now, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you the president of the 14th academic congress AAFITN, Professor Byung Moon Kim, who has organized this conference with the timely theme "See the New Horizon of Neurointervention." Before the Congress Chairman speaks, I would like to ask you two questions: Where is our horizon? And, what is our goal?
The answer is Here and Now. We are marching ahead with powerful, new treatment methods and technologies. I can imagine and see the sun is just rising from the new horizon which we as a group have established here in Seoul. And I hope this congress will open the new door, and many doors to come, and lead us to an ever newer and brighter scene on the next horizon.
A new memorial milestone must be placed here, but we will never stop seeking new horizons together with all our friends in AAFITN.
Finally, I wish to express my whole-hearted appreciation for the generous cooperation and sincere contributions from all the members of the AAFITN who have taken the time to attend and support this meeting.