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Visa and Passport Requirements
We understand the many new challenges our international members and attendees face with obtaining visas and offer the following information to help clarify the process and aid you in your efforts. For more information on obtaining a visa, visit these web sites: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
Implemented in 2007, the WHTI requires all persons traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. For more information go to http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1200693579776.shtm

General Information
The 2011 CNS Annual Meeting Dates
Saturday, October 1 - Thursday, October 6, 2011.

Official Language
The official language of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting is English. All abstracts and presentations will be in English.

These announcements and other details are also available on our web site: www.cns.org

Location of the 2011 CNS Annual Meeting
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located in the heart of the nationís capital, steps from historic museums, great restaurants and wonderful attractions. Washington, DCís first convention center was erected in 1874, just two blocks from the site of the modern day Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and Grand Hyatt Washington are the Co-Headquarter Hotels located at 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC. Register on site!

The hotel is located directly across from the Washington Convention Center in the heart of downtown DC.

Registration and Information Desk
Your Registration Fee Includes:
  • One ticket to the Opening Reception on Sunday, October 2, 2011.
  • Admission Sunday - Thursday General Scientific Sessions.
  • Admission Monday - Wednesday.
       • Original Science Program.
       • Special Courses.
       • Consensus Sessions.
       • Section Sessions.
       • Oral Presentations.
       • Exhibit Hall Access, including Beverage Breaks.
       • Wine and Cheese Reception with Exhibitors.
There will be an ongoing industry exhibition in the Exhibit Hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where posters are displayed and coffee is served during the breaks.

International Reception
In Honor of our International Colleagues, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons invites all International Attendees to the

CNS International Reception
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

Join your colleagues from around the globe for an evening of camaraderie. The National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum are housed in one historic landmark building, and depict the American Story and Experience through artwork.

Tools for Travelers
Climate and Clothing
Washington, DC is a beautiful city in the fall. October temperatures average a high of 68 degrees and a low of 50 degrees.

The US uses 110-120 volts AC (60 cycles), compared with 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) used in most countries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. If your small electrical appliances use 220-240 volts, you will need a 110-volt transformer and a plug adapter with two flat parallel pins to operate them in the United States. Downward converters that change 220-240 volts to 110-120 volts are hard to find in the US

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 •  November 30, 2011
    CME Tracking & Evaluation Deadline.

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