With its first meeting occurring in November 1951 with 121 members, the CNS has spent over six decades seeking to offer the best training to its members and to improve overall health around the globe. Today, the organization boasts more than 9,000 members and offers free online courses to neurosurgeons in developing countries. In addition, the CNS holds an annual meeting for its members, so they may become informed about changes made within the industry.
In 2016, this annual meeting took place from September 24 through 28 in San Diego, California. With a theme of Neurosurgery: Advance, Adapt, Achieve, this meeting drew several thousand neurosurgeons and other medical professionals to network and share ideas. Attendees watched live surgery presentations, participated in interactive panel discussions, and explored hands-on practical courses. The 2017 conference, titled Transformation & Celebration, is scheduled for October 7 through 11 in Boston, Massachusetts.