President's Message    

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF) I am delighted to welcome you to Hydrocephalus 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada from the 19th – 21st of September 2015. This annual meeting is the largest worldwide dedicated to research into hydrocephalus and related disorders and you are one of over 250 delegates with a dedicated interest in hydrocephalus and intracranial pressure.

We also have three satellite symposia accompanying the main Congress. On September 17th, the 1stCalgary Hydrocephalus Symposium will be hosted by the Cumming School of Medicine to provide an intimate opportunity to explore state-of-the-art hydrocephalus care. On September 18th, the satellite Educational Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) Symposium will be held in Banff, providing an opportunity to share and learn from the experience of international experts regarding this challenging hydrocephalus disorder.

We also welcome our colleagues and members of the International Hydrocephalus Imaging Working Group (IHIWG). IHIWG members include Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Neuroradiologists , and Physicists who will have their autumn meeting on September 18th in Banff. 

Hydrocephalus 2015 will cover the full range of CSF disorders affecting both children and adults. Banff is located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains and is a very popular tourist location within North America. Hydrocephalus 2015 will be held within the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Conference Centre. The Banff Springs Hotel is renowned for it’s splendour and breathtaking vista. We will learn and celebrate together at this spectacular venue. We also have a great social program to span the conference. We start with the Welcoming Reception on September 18th, party at a bar-be-que buffet barn dance on September 19th and then celebrate at the Denim and Diamonds Gala Dinner on September 20th. Our very special guest speaker for the Gala Dinner is Dr. Michael Bliss, renowned historian and author of “Harvey Cushing. A Life in Surgery”.The focus of work done in our field is the patient and to this end, the theme of three special sessions of this Congress will be “The Patient”. These special sessions will examine: 1) Quality Improvement and Safety in Hydrocephalus Care; 2) Transition and Adult Hydrocephalus Care; and 3) Ethics and Patient Involvement in Clinical Research. These sessions will provide a foundation for the amazing research that will be presented by your colleagues during Hydrocephalus 2015. We will have sessions tackling pediatric hydrocephalus, adult hydrocephalus, advanced Neuro-imaging techniques in hydrocephalus, CSF shunt design and technology and intracranial pressure. We welcome all young investigators and will have a special session to showcase your research with prizes to recognize the best oral presentations and best posters.

Finally, I would like to offer our grateful thanks to the industry sponsors who have supported this meeting. Please take time to visit the industry exhibits.


Mark G Hamilton MDCM, FRCSC

Congress President, Hydrocephalus 2015 – Banff.

The 7th Meeting of the International Society for

Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders.