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Interview with Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, President of the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR

Interview with Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, President of the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR. 

As a member of the ESNR Social Media Committee, Dr. Yelda Ozsunar interviewed Prof. Dr. Tatjana Stosic- Opicnal, the president of the 39th Annual Meeting of ESNR. The neuroradiology meeting will start on 15th of September and will last till 18th of September 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia.

To inform neuroradiologists about the details of this meeting, Dr. Ozsunar asked the following questions to Prof. Dr. Tatjana Stosic- Opincal.

Y. Ozsunar: It will be very interesting to land on Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia for the purpose of ESNR meeting. Can you tell us how you feel about Nikola Tesla as a Serbian scientist?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Electrification was called “the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th Century” by the US National Academy of Engineering and Nikola Tesla had a central role in this tremendous achievement. As one of the greatest inventors of his time, he also experimented with all kinds of contemporary apparatus, including his observations regarding X rays at the same time as Roentgen did his experiments. This could make him in the broadest sense of the word, one of the pioneers in radiology. As we are in the exciting new era of diagnostic and interventional radiology, I am sure that Tesla, if he was alive today would be participating in this rapid development of the machines that could look inside a body in details, and treatment of the patients using the vessels as highways.

Y. Ozsunar: Why did you choose Belgrade as a meeting venue in Serbia?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia and is, as such, the country`s largest city. It is in the center-point of the Balkans as it lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and has a long history. It is easily approached by all means of transportation, and it is renowned as a business center and a tourist destination. 

Y. Ozsunar: Can you describe us the importance of this meeting for Serbian, European and other neuroradiologists from other countries in terms of neuroradiology, sharing knowledge and extending friendships?

T. Stosic-Opincal: ESNR annual congress is an important event for the exchange of new scientific knowledge and for the professional training, especially for the young physicians seeking education. This congress will devote considerable time to education and training and will cover the latest developments in the imaging of interventions. Our wish is to make the congress varied educational and enjoyable experience for all the participants.

Y. Ozsunar: Can you, as a radiologist and neuroradiologist, explain to us the state and the problems of radiology in your country? Do you have any proposals for improving the situation?

T. Stosic-Opincal: As I mentioned before, we are living in an exciting era of radiology and neuroradiology. There is an enormous increase in diagnostic and interventional cases. Educating and training young neuroradiologists has become a fundamental issue, and we are making a considerable effort to bridge this problem. Also, together with the government, we are trying to provide good working conditions to keep young, freshly educated, colleagues in the country in spite of growing tendency of emigrating of all kinds of medical staff.

Y. Ozsunar: Could you tell us about notable features, novel or highlighted topics of the scientific program in this ESNR congress?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Topics of lectures will be current, interesting and inspiring. We will try to make congress more interactive, through case show and open discussion. Special attention will be given to young radiologists in whom we want to incite the interest for neuroradiology. We have invited experienced doctors to encourage younger colleagues to write papers and posters that will be exhibited during the congress and the best ones will be presented orally.

Y. Ozsunar: Is there any interesting social program? Have you planned any interesting social events that will make this meeting memorable for the visitors?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Along with professional training and learning, this meeting will provide a lot of invaluable interpersonal contacts and will develop understanding, professional relationships and a sense of belonging.

We have prepared a lot of social events, and I am sure that the participants will be pleased with our choice. Also, they are welcome to make their own arrangements and explore Belgrade by themselves since the city offers different ways of spending leisure time and is gladly revisited.  

Y. Ozsunar: Could you please tell us what will make the meeting in Belgrade special? What do you recommend to attendees to visit and enjoy in Belgrade?

T. Stosic-Opincal: Belgrade city center is not too big and sightseeing can easily be done on foot. Various styles of architecture dominate the city. Visitors have the opportunity to visit the wide range of old churches, museums and galleries. There are countless bars, lounges and dining places with local or various European and Asian cuisine. The city is well known for its nightlife on the banks of the rivers illuminated by the nightclubs and restaurants. Most importantly, the people are known for their hospitality. They are friendly, and most of them speak English well enough to give, at least, basic information to a foreign visitor. In a nutshell, Belgrade is appreciated as the leading tourist destination in Southeast Europe and a must-see destination.

 

Y. Ozsunar: I would like to thank you very much for this interview. We wish the 39th Annual Meeting of the ESNR to be a joyful and a beneficial congress for all of us.