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Dates: September 26 – 29, 2018
Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

The 2018 congress will be the first ESSFN meeting jointly organised by neurosurgeons and psychiatrists. Hence, one of the main meeting topics will be neurosurgical approaches for psychiatric disorders. Leading neuroscientists, psychiatrists and neurosurgeons will be invited to discuss and debate the place of surgery in the treatment of depression, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome and other mental disorders.
Pain, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders will also be major topics with discussion of the latest advances in the field.
The year 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of Victor Horsley´s and Robert Henry Clarke’s publication on the stereotaxic method, and the 25th anniversary of STN DBS. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Parkinson's Disease Symposium at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, organised by John Gillingham, one of the pioneers of British Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and co-founder of the ESSFN in 1970.

http://www.essfncongress.org

 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:40

Functional Neurosurgery

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Editor:
Thieme

Publication date:
November 2008

Description:
This book offers step-by-step guidance on the latest techniques for the management of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. The underlying physiological and pathological principles are explained, as are current surgical procedures and the management of postoperative complications. This book also includes discussions of contemporary topics such as radiosurgery for movement disorders, cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain and novel technical approaches for the insertion of deep brain stimulator electrodes.

Link: http://www.thieme.com/books-main/neurosurgery/product/713-functional-neurosurgery

The technique of transcranial focused ultrasound has emerged as a potentially revolutionary tool in functional neurosurgery. This platform provides a method of ablating specific voxels of brain tissue without surgery. Ablative techniques suffer the disadvantage when compared to neuromodulatory interventions of being largely irreversible. However, as both our understanding of neurology and the technology we have access to improves, minimally invasive techniques such as focused ultrasound will undoubtedly become safer and evolve to play a significant role in the future of functional neurosurgery. In this review, the authors summarise the application of the technique to various common movement disorders.

 

Monday, 04 December 2017 15:43

Chordoma Foundation

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The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aim to improve the lives of chordoma patients through the cooperation of researchers and clinicians. The website presents three different sections: one for patients and the other two for researchers and healthcare professionals. The aim of these latter sections is to help clinicians most effectively treat chordoma and contribute to advance chordoma research. In fact, there are multiple sections about, for example, responses to systemic treatments, clinical trials and the chordoma genome project.

A monthly newsletter with the latest news about treatments and clinical trials is available.

 

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Monday, 04 December 2017 15:41

Choosing the Target for Parkinson's Disease

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat several disabling neurological symptoms - most commonly the debilitating motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (e.g. tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems). The procedure is also used to treat essential tremor and dystonia among other pathologies.

Choosing the best anatomical target for the electrodes is of as much importance as selecting the right patients for the procedure. Dr. Peter Nora shares his experience in the field, and gives advice for successful results. 

 

Dejerine-Roussy syndrome (or thalamic pain syndrome) is a phenomenon experienced by some patients following thalamic stroke. Such lesions initially may cause hemibody numbness and/or paraesthesia contralateral to the affected hemisphere. This can progress into dysaesthesia and pain in the same distribution over the course of weeks or months. This pain is often refractory to standard treatments with analgesia such as opioids. This paper is a review of the application of DBS in patients with Dejerine-Roussy syndrome. The authors conclude that neuromodulation is a potentially viable management option in these patients when their pain is found to be refractory to other treatments. However, in order to achieve this, more research is required to elucidate potential anatomical targets, and a greater degree of homogeneity is required in the studied patient populations.

 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 08:47

Skull Base Cancer Imaging

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Author:

Eugene Yu and Reza Forghani

 

Editor:

Thieme

 

Publication date:

December 2017

 

Description:

Considering the anatomical complexity of bone, vascular and nervous structures of the skull base, medical imaging is essential for identifying neoplastic lesions and planning their treatment.

Thanks to the contribution of experienced radiologists, head and neck surgeons, neurosurgeons and oncologists, this book is presented as an imaging-focused guide on various neoplastic diseases affecting the skull base, with a detailed analysis for each anatomical region. Chapters are divided based on anatomical location, including cranial fossae, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and petroclival and lateral skull base.

This book covers fundamental principles relevant to radiology, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology residents and clinicians who care for patients with head and neck neoplasms.

 

Link to the book

 

Dates: January 17 – 19, 2018
Location: Strasbourg, France

This workshop is intended for neurosurgeons from the world over, to learn and practice the technical skills required for skull base surgery. It has been structured to provide both didactic lectures and intensive hands-on cadaver dissection sessions, covering a broad spectrum of transcranial and endoscopic approaches. A panel of distinguished leaders in these fields will deliver lectures focusing on skull base anatomy, surgical approaches and therapeutic strategies for skull base lesions. The scientific program will include a guest speaker session on a topic related to skull base neurosurgery, with lectures given by world-renowned experts. Attendees will benefit from the outstanding surgical lab environment of the IRCAD with state-of-the-art equipment provided by sponsors. For hands-on sessions, a demonstration will be performed at the master station, transmitted onto a screen at each workstation. In the meantime, participants will work as a team of two on prepared injected fixed specimens under the guidance of a distinguished expert faculty.

* 15% discount for EANS Individual Members! *

 

Link to the course brochure

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Without sufficient cytoreduction, petroclival meningiomas often recur, whilst cases in which total resection has been achieved are frequently associated with significant morbidity. In this study, the authors investigated the long-term effects of gamma knife radiosurgery in controlling these tumours. The sample consisted of 89 patients, 58 of whom underwent gamma knife radiosurgery as a primary treatment, whilst the remaining 31 underwent irradiation as an adjuvant therapy to surgery. The authors found that gamma knife was associated with significant disease suppression and control of tumour volume in the majority of the sample, concluding that this platform is a valuable adjunct to the management of petroclival meningiomas. However, large-scale prospective studies are required to confirm these findings and motivate real change in practice.

 

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:06

Skull base surgery of the Orbit and Cavernous Sinus

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A key consideration to successful complex skull base surgery is the anatomy. Tailoring the approach towards every single lesion defines the flow of the surgery. The ability to operate successfully within cavernous sinus and around the orbit largely depends on an improved understanding of the anatomy and pathology in the parasellar region. Dr. Johnny Delashaw explains in detail every single structure on the way to the lesion and how to deal with it without harming nearby vessels and nerves.

 

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