Mikolaj
Weronika
Aparna
Solay
Abed
Chiara
Paul
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Since the moment I saw the brain at the neuroanatomy classes I have known that neurosurgery is the path I want to follow. The centre of every human being, packed with so many undiscovered areas and even more unknown ways to treat clinical diseases, awakened me to become a pioneer and name at least one of those by my name. That's what has been driving me crazy all of my years in medicine. All along I knew that nothing was able to change my mind about becoming a neurosurgeon. From that point, all I needed were opportunities to engage in the world of this fascinating specialty. Thanks to Professor Saleem I. Abdulrauf and Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society I got those amazing avenues. By organizing the 4th edition of our Congresses we are passing those opportunities also to you. Follow your dreams and join us in Florence!

Mikołaj Pożarowszczyk

President

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I have felt the greatest curiosity in my life, driving me to look deeper into things; since my first experience with a neuron. I have continued to nurture this feeling, and the desire to explore has evolved into an international endeavor in my journey. As a Turkish medical student, my experiences in neurosurgery in Sweden, as well as my involvement in neuroscience research at Harvard Medical School in the United States, I believe, will contribute best to making this congress the most successful and productive form it can be. We have a strong team with rich diversity, and working together enthusiastically will provide an unforgettable experience at the Florence 2024 Congress!

Nigar Gökçe Armagan

Scientific Programme Chair

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My name is Weronika Lusa, I am a sixth-year medical student at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. At the upcoming congress in Florence, I have the honor and pleasure of being one of the Scientific Program Chairs. My adventure with neurosurgery began four years ago when I entered the operating theatre for the first time and... saw a completely different world of medicine. A world full of precision and courage, focus, but also humility. A world of many difficult decisions and many opportunities for recovery for patients. Daily, as the president of the student scientific club, I conduct scientific projects, organize student meetings, and prepare publications and conference presentations. I believe that the upcoming congress in Florence will be a great opportunity to meet many people who have a passion for neurosurgery and for whom it is not only a part of medicine but also a field full of artistry.

Weronika Lusa

Scientific Programme Chair

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Hi! I’m Aparna, and I’m an M.D. graduate currently based in Chennai, India, while I prepare for residency applications.  My  interest in neurosurgery turned to passion when I was given the opportunity to observe operative procedures during medical school. Having already been fascinated by the complexities of the brain since high school, the moment of being witness to the pulse of the dura was when I knew there was nothing else I’d want to pursue. On the research front, I’m profoundly interested in genetics—particularly in the overlap between the field and neurosurgery/neuro-oncology.  I especially gravitate towards conducting research on stem cells and how they can be leveraged therapeutically in neurology and neuro-oncology. Working on the Organisation Committee for Hamburg last year was an incredible experience that allowed me to connect with so many like-minded friends across the globe. I look forward to working with the team to make #Florence2024 an unforgettable experience! See you there!

Aparna Venkatesan

Marketing Chair

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Over the past 4 years, I've been honored to work and be mentored by the Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society, headed by Prof. Saleem Abdulrauf. This organization have been working tirelessly to promote collaboration and innovation within the field of neurosurgery, specifically focusing on the inclusion of young aspiring medical students early on in the field. With the multiple opportunities and experiences offered, I had the chance to grow my leadership and witness firsthand the immense impact that aspiring physicians can have on advancing medical knowledge, fostering interdisciplinary cooperation, and ultimately influencing positive change within the medical community, especially in a big and fascinating field as Neurosurgery. I'm very excited to be participating in the organization of one of the greatest events of the year - the 4th edition of the Medical Students World Congress of Neurosurgery - along with an amazing dream team, and I can't wait to see the transformative power of medical students in shaping the future of Neurosurgery. See you all very soon, in #Florence2024!

Solay Farhat

Vice-President

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Hello! I am Abed Alrazzak Kerhani, and I recently received my MD from the University of Balamand in Lebanon. My interest in neurosurgery stems from a genuine curiosity about the field, particularly its intersection with clinical technologies. I marveled at the delicate link between neurosurgery and emerging technology during a remarkable three-month clinical internship at the HUHM in Paris, where I concentrated on deep brain stimulation and its life-changing impact on patients. As the IT officer for the 4th Medical Student World Congress of Neurosurgery in Florence, I am honored to assist with the conference's IT-related activities. Reflecting on the success of the 3rd Congress, which was hosted in Hamburg in 2023, it is heartening to see the positive impact these conferences have on the field. I am excited to be a part of this evolving story and to contribute to the success of the upcoming conference in Florence.

Abed Alrazzak Kerhani

IT Chair

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I am a first-year resident at Ferrara University in Italy, having graduated from Florence University with a thesis on pediatric neurosurgery. Currently, I am the Research and Mentorship Officer at Walter E. Dandy Italy and a member of the Research Institute of Abdulrauf University of Neurosurgery. My primary interests within the neurosurgical field include Pediatric Neurosurgery, Global Neurosurgery, and Fetal Surgery. I firmly believe in the transformative power of education, mentorship, and advocacy. As the Annual Meeting Chair for this year's congress, I look forward welcoming all of you to the picturesque city of Florence!

Chiara Spezzani

Annual Meeting Chair

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Hello there, I'm Paul, currently in my fifth year of medical school in Dresden, Germany. I spend a lot of time in the lab conducting experimental neurooncological research. Additionally, I have a strong passion for being in the operating room, either observing or assisting neurosurgeons during their cases. The combination of clinical work, research, and the awe-inspiring anatomy has ignited my enthusiasm for neurosurgery. Two years ago, I began attending such congresses in Granada, where I gained valuable insights and lasting friendships were formed. I am honored to serve as the Joint Corporate & Sponsoring Chairman for the upcoming congress in one of Italy's most beautiful cities, Florence. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to personally meet each of you, engage in incredible discussions, and share our experiences during the congress.

Paul Warnke

JCSC Chair

Mikołaj Pożarowszczyk

President
6th Year Medical Student
Olsztyn, Poland

Since the moment I saw the brain at the neuroanatomy classes I have known that neurosurgery is the path I want to follow. The centre of every human being, packed with so many undiscovered areas and even more unknown ways to treat clinical diseases, awakened me to become a pioneer and name at least one of those by my name. That’s what has been driving me crazy all of my years in medicine. All along I knew that nothing was able to change my mind about becoming a neurosurgeon. From that point, all I needed were opportunities to engage in the world of this fascinating specialty. Thanks to Professor Saleem I. Abdulrauf and Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society I got those amazing avenues. By organizing the 4th edition of our Congresses we are passing those opportunities also to you. Follow your dreams and join us in Florence!

Nigar Gökçe Armagan

Scientific Programme Chair
5th Year Medical Student
Aydin, Turkey

Since the moment I saw the brain at the neuroanatomy classes I have known that neurosurgery is the path I want to follow. The centre of every human being, packed with so many undiscovered areas and even more unknown ways to treat clinical diseases, awakened me to become a pioneer and name at least one of those by my name. That’s what has been driving me crazy all of my years in medicine. All along I knew that nothing was able to change my mind about becoming a neurosurgeon. From that point, all I needed were opportunities to engage in the world of this fascinating specialty. Thanks to Professor Saleem I. Abdulrauf and Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society I got those amazing avenues. By organizing the 4th edition of our Congresses we are passing those opportunities also to you. Follow your dreams and join us in Florence!

Weronika Lusa

Scientific Programme Chair
6th Year Medical Student
Lodz, Poland

My name is Weronika Lusa, I am a sixth-year medical student at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. At the upcoming congress in Florence, I have the honor and pleasure of being one of the Scientific Program Chairs. My adventure with neurosurgery began four years ago when I entered the operating theatre for the first time and… saw a completely different world of medicine. A world full of precision and courage, focus, but also humility. A world of many difficult decisions and many opportunities for recovery for patients. Daily, as the president of the student scientific club, I conduct scientific projects, organize student meetings, and prepare publications and conference presentations. I believe that the upcoming congress in Florence will be a great opportunity to meet many people who have a passion for neurosurgery and for whom it is not only a part of medicine but also a field full of artistry.

Aparna Venkatesan

Marketing Chair
Graduate Medical Student
Chennai, India

Hi! I’m Aparna, and I’m an M.D. graduate currently based in Chennai, India, while I prepare for residency applications.  My  interest in neurosurgery turned to passion when I was given the opportunity to observe operative procedures during medical school. Having already been fascinated by the complexities of the brain since high school, the moment of being witness to the pulse of the dura was when I knew there was nothing else I’d want to pursue. On the research front, I’m profoundly interested in genetics—particularly in the overlap between the field and neurosurgery/neuro-oncology.  I especially gravitate towards conducting research on stem cells and how they can be leveraged therapeutically in neurology and neuro-oncology. Working on the Organisation Committee for Hamburg last year was an incredible experience that allowed me to connect with so many like-minded friends across the globe. I look forward to working with the team to make #Florence2024 an unforgettable experience! See you there!

Solay Farhat

Congress Vice-President
6th Year Medical Student
Beirut, Lebanon

Over the past 4 years, I’ve been honored to work and be mentored by the Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society, headed by Prof. Saleem Abdulrauf. This organization have been working tirelessly to promote collaboration and innovation within the field of neurosurgery, specifically focusing on the inclusion of young aspiring medical students early on in the field. With the multiple opportunities and experiences offered, I had the chance to grow my leadership and witness firsthand the immense impact that aspiring physicians can have on advancing medical knowledge, fostering interdisciplinary cooperation, and ultimately influencing positive change within the medical community, especially in a big and fascinating field as Neurosurgery. I’m very excited to be participating in the organization of one of the greatest events of the year – the 4th edition of the Medical Students World Congress of Neurosurgery – along with an amazing dream team, and I can’t wait to see the transformative power of medical students in shaping the future of Neurosurgery. See you all very soon, in #Florence2024!

Abed AlRazzak Kerhani

IT Chair
7th Year Medical Student
Beirut , Lebanon

Hello! I am Abed Alrazzak Kerhani, and I recently received my MD from the University of Balamand in Lebanon. My interest in neurosurgery stems from a genuine curiosity about the field, particularly its intersection with clinical technologies. I marveled at the delicate link between neurosurgery and emerging technology during a remarkable three-month clinical internship at the HUHM in Paris, where I concentrated on deep brain stimulation and its life-changing impact on patients. As the IT officer for the 4th Medical Student World Congress of Neurosurgery in Florence, I am honored to assist with the conference’s IT-related activities. Reflecting on the success of the 3rd Congress, which was hosted in Hamburg in 2023, it is heartening to see the positive impact these conferences have on the field. I am excited to be a part of this evolving story and to contribute to the success of the upcoming conference in Florence.

Chiara Spezzani

Annual Meeting Chair
Graduated Medical Student
Florence, Italy

I am a first-year resident at Ferrara University in Italy, having graduated from Florence University with a thesis on pediatric neurosurgery. Currently, I am the Research and Mentorship Officer at Walter E. Dandy Italy and a member of the Research Institute of Abdulrauf University of Neurosurgery. My primary interests within the neurosurgical field include Pediatric Neurosurgery, Global Neurosurgery, and Fetal Surgery. I firmly believe in the transformative power of education, mentorship, and advocacy. As the Annual Meeting Chair for this year’s congress, I look forward welcoming all of you to the picturesque city of Florence!

Paul Warnke

Congress Joined Sponsorship Committee Chair
5th Year Medical Student – Dresden, Germany

Hello there, I’m Paul, currently in my fifth year of medical school in Dresden, Germany. I spend a lot of time in the lab conducting experimental neurooncological research. Additionally, I have a strong passion for being in the operating room, either observing or assisting neurosurgeons during their cases. The combination of clinical work, research, and the awe-inspiring anatomy has ignited my enthusiasm for neurosurgery. Two years ago, I began attending such congresses in Granada, where I gained valuable insights and lasting friendships were formed. I am honored to serve as the Joint Corporate & Sponsoring Chairman for the upcoming congress in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, Florence. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to personally meet each of you, engage in incredible discussions, and share our experiences during the congress.

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4th Medical Students
World Congress of

Neurosurgery