55th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)
1st Joint Meeting with the Hungarian Neurosurgical Society
Cologne, 25 - 28 April 2004
Welcome Addresses
  Congress President
  President of the Hungarian Society of Neurosurgery
  President of the German Society of Neurosurgery
Topics
Programme
Joint Meeting
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Dear Colleagues,

Cooperation between the German and Hungarian neurosurgical societies has a long tradition both on society and institutional levels. 
Personal contacts fortunately survived all turmoils and upheavals in the past, including the disaster of 2nd World War, the ensuing split of Europe during the Cold War, and the division of Germany itself. Interestingly, the unique development in Hungary after the 1956 uprising rendered possible that our country became a meeting point for those German families that had members on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Once more, the human factor, personal relationships at the lowest level, and basic civil ambitions for a better life became the Archimedean fixed point from where the world could be turned, and the Iron Curtain fell. 
More than a decade after the German reunification, the forthcoming joint meeting of our societies will take place only some days before Hungary - together with other nine East European countries - will join the European Union, hopefully contributing to and partaking in a European revival in the future. 

On behalf of our society we wish to thank the German Society of Neurosurgery and the organizers for inviting us as next society for the now traditional Joint Meeting taking place together with the annual society meeting.


István Nyáry M.D., Ph.D
Past President of the Hungarian
Neurosurgical Society
Imre Fedorcsák M.D., Ph.D.
President of the Hungarian
Neurosurgical Society