• The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is pleased to welcome media representatives to the 2019 Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Center West on October 19–23, 2019.

    Each year, the CNS brings together thousands of neurosurgeons, advanced practice providers, professionals, and advocates from around the world to share knowledge, attend scientific sessions, access continuing medical education, and learn about the newest technology and clinical practice guidelines.

    Please note the following CNS Press Room Guidelines and media credentialing policies for the conference.


    All media personnel attending the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting are required to register in advance via the registration form. Once onsite, media are required to check-in at the CNS registration area to receive their press badges. The press room is located at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 350B. Press badges allow admission to general scientific sessions, courses, and the Exhibit Hall and must be worn at all times.

    Media Registration Form

    Press Room

    Reporters can access the meeting program and other relevant meeting information on cns.org/2019. Registered journalists will receive an electronic press kit with embargoed news releases about media highlights, educational sessions, and scientific abstracts approximately one week prior to the conference.

    Press Room hours are:

    • Sunday, October 7: 12:00–6:30 pm
    • Monday, October 8, and Tuesday, October 9: 6:45 am–6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, October 10: 6:45 am–1:00 pm


    Registration fees for working press are waived. Working press are editorial staff of newspapers or magazines, medical, or health care publications and broadcast or web-based media. To receive a press badge, media representatives must provide identification such as a business card, a letter of assignment on company letterhead from an editor of a recognized news organization certifying you are covering the CNS conference for the organization, and published samples of bylined work, preferably stories relating to neurosurgery. Press badges are available only to working journalists who can show evidence that their attendance will result in coverage of the conference.

    Media Guidelines

    General Conditions

    The on-site CNS Press Room is set up specifically for journalists attending the meeting and for interviews. Press with credentials may cover all presentations with the exception of certain closed events. Please contact the CNS Programs and Communications Department for assistance in scheduling interviews and locating presenters. 

    Press with credentials are observers of, and not participants in, all presentation question-and-answer sessions. With permission from the presenter, questions from press are limited to before and after presentations. The CNS may restrict press attendance at any session for patient confidentiality or any other reason. 

    Media Services

    The CNS Programs and Communications staff can assist journalists by providing background information on neurosurgical health issues and assisting in setting up interviews with meeting speakers or CNS officers and spokespersons.

    Contact Information

    To reach a member of the CNS Programs and Communications Department before the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting, please call the CNS media office at 847.805.4493 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, CT.


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