We are proud to announce the formation of the SNIS Foundation, an entity of SNIS with a mission to improve patient care by supporting the research and educational goals of our Society. In our quest to provide the highest level of neurovascular care to patients around the world, the SNIS Foundation represents our continued commitment to the collective neurointerventional community as well as individual veteran and novice practitioners who are making their own contributions to this evolving field.
Throughout our history, SNIS has witnessed and been at the forefront of many changes in both medicine, in general, and what has emerged as a distinct specialty comprised of practitioners from various backgrounds including interventional neuroradiology, endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neurology. In the last five years alone, the growth of our field is reflected in many advancements and changes, including the formation of the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery (JNIS); a vastly expanded Annual Meeting that hosts practitioners around the world and offers a separate Fellows Course for the newest members of our field; and even our society’s name change to the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) to reflect the neurointerventional community’s diversity – in both background and geography.
As we continue to expand out by attracting more practitioners to our field and actively promoting our specialty to seekers, we also want to deepen our roots by ensuring that we are investing in those initiatives that resource the neurointerventional community and result in higher-level training and scientific advancements. Toward the end, the SNIS Foundation exists to fund three distinct objectives:
• Continuing education of practicing neurointerventionists;
• Research grants for investigators; and
• Research awards to be bestowed at the Annual Meeting.
By focusing on resourcing these specific areas, it is our belief that we can continue to help stimulate scientific study and discovery around treatment options for neurovascular conditions while also ensuring that current and future practitioners are provided with the training and education that they need to offer the most effective treatment solutions to their patients.
We are excited about this next step in both our society and the neurointerventional community as a whole.