Message from Organising Chairman the 13th Asian-Australasian Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (AAFITN) 2018 & President of the Malaysian Society of Interventional Radiology (MYSIR)

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 13th Asian-Australasian Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (AAFITN 2018) in conjunction with Malaysian Society of Interventional Radiology (MYSIR) 2018 and Malaysian Congress of Radiology (MCOR) 2018, to be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 7th – 9th March 2018.

For this conference, the theme is 'Strengthening Foundations and Exploring New Concepts' and we are hoping to cover all aspects of neurovascular disease and intervention, including anatomy, imaging, surgery, recent advances, devices, techniques, training and genetic components. We also look forward to promote collaboration between the various disciplines and our regional partners.

In addition to the AAFITN programme, we will be running the concurrent Annual Scientific Meetings of MYSIR 2018 and MCOR 2018. In the MYSIR sessions, we will cover general interventional topics including interventional oncology, vascular, non-vascular and musculoskeletal interventions. We will also incorporate training sessions for radiology technologists and nurses to promote teamwork within our team, locally and regionally.

Interventional Radiology has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception and it plays a crucial role in the management of patients in this era, where it is at the cutting edge of healthcare. MYSIR members are both interventional radiologists and neuro-interventional radiologists. We are a small but very vibrant community and are actively training young radiologists to take up this dynamic speciality to fulfill the needs of healthcare in Malaysia, especially in the management of stroke. Thus, we encourage those with an interest in this field or who are working with professionals in this field to join us in this conference and learn from one another.

For this meeting, we chose Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as our host city. Kota Kinabalu International Airport is well connected to regional airports in our neighbouring countries. Sabah has much to offer the intrepid traveller from local cuisine to unique customs. There is something for everyone in the family. For those who enjoy outdoors, Sabah is home to some of the world’s oldest rainforests, from the legendary and mysterious Mount Kinabalu to beautiful islands which are an open secret with scuba divers from around the world. Come with your family and extend your stay after the meeting for a day out to visit Sabah, the Land Below The Wind, a prominent location in Borneo.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to be involved in this exciting Conference, and look forward to welcoming you in a warm Malaysian way, “Selamat Datang”!

Yours sincerely,
Jeyaledchumy Mahadevan
Organising Chairman of AAFITN 2018
President of MYSIR 2016-2018