The ISHN & Cheiron open with a warm welcome from the two Presidents of the Societies, the President of the University of Calgary, and Deans from the School of Medicine and Arts. All emphasize the importance of interdisciplinarity and point to the joint meeting as an excellent example of the way in which a variety of disciplines can come together.
The President mentions a number of interdisciplinar initatives taking place at the University of Calgary. These included:
1. Research on making silicon chips talk to nerve cells
2. Research on the relationship among exercise, brain function, and mental disease
3. Research on MRI guided robotic neurosurgery