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After the inspiration coming from the success of the West Midlands Research Collaborative (WMRC), a regional general surgical research collaborative established in 2008, the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative (BNTRC) was founded in 2012. This initiative has also proven to be a scientific success, and has identified practices associated with improved outcome. The BNTRC has also provided an important platform for allowing high-quality research to be coordinated on a national level, and has given trainees the opportunity to be involved in the development and execution of research protocols - vital skills for the future generation of academic neurosurgeons.

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In this study, a retrospective single center one, Dr Al-Habib et al. analyzed the anatomic relationship between cervical pedicle screws, vertebral artery (VA), and related anatomic structures in the Saudi population. This work demonstrates important differences between various ethnic groups, which should be always considered. Moreover, assessment of VA entry at each level should be performed on an individual basis, as the characteristics of VA entry was found to vary in the same patient at different cervical levels.

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 18:04

Brainbook collaboration

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We are excited to announce our collaboration with Brainbook, an imaginative neurosurgical education platform based in London, UK. The team at Brainbook aim to provide a resource through which neurosurgery is made an accessible topic to the public, and also trainees of various levels can share ideas.

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If you are a young neurosurgeon (i.e. in training or within 10 years after the end of residency), WFNS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee likes to hear from you!

This online survey aims to document, for the first time, the demographics and needs of Young Neurosurgeons worldwide but also their views on improving neurosurgical care for all those who need it.

The survey should not take you more than 10 minutes to complete.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 20:44

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The purpose of is to provide an educational resource for vascular anatomy and pathology of the brain, spine and head & neck. The content is accessible to users at various levels of training, from junior registrars to consultants. Different sections are presented: anatomy, therapies, lectures and cases. The author, Maksim Shapiro, is a neurointerventional radiologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

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The superior approach for managing ruptured intracranial aneurysms (endovascular or clipping) has long been the subject of debate in the neurosurgical literature.

In 2012, the first results from The Barrow Ruptured Aneurysm Trial (BRAT) were published. This study was a single-centre randomized trial with 471 patients in which treatment with clipping was compared to treatment with coil embolization.

In January 2018, Dr Spetzler and his team published in Journal of Neurosurgery a scientific study, where only the outcomes from those patients with saccular aneurysms were considered. This cohort made up the majority of the original sample (362 out of 471). Authors concluded that there was no statistical difference between the two different types of treatment, showed by the modified Rankin Scale outcomes at 10 years follow-up. There was a significantly increased rate of retreatment required in the coiling group, as well as higher obliterations in the clipping arm.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 20:35

Prague Neurosurgical Week 2018

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Date: August 29 – September 2, 2018

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

This unique event is organized by the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, the
International Conference on Cerebrovascular Surgery and the International Meningioma Society, in partnership with many renowned institutions such as the WFNS and the EANS.

The week will start with the meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery. On August 30th and September 1st there will be two main conferences focusing on cerebrovascular and meningioma, while on September 2nd the main topic will be skull base surgery. The week will finish with a two-day hands-on seminar on endoscopic neurosurgery organised by the WFNS Neurosurgical Anatomy Committee.

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Aneurysms are thought to arise from weak spots on a blood vessel wall, that leads to an outward bulging, likened to a bubble or balloon. They may be a result of a hereditary condition or an acquired disease. The securing of the aneurysm (which can be endovascular or open) may be undertaken prior to or after its rupture. Nowadays, it is still not entirely clear which is the best option of treatment for unruptured aneurysms. In this review, doctors Kelly D. Flemming and Giuseppe Lanzino elegantly discuss the best therapeutic approach to this kind of aneurysms.

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Publication date:
May 2005

Neurosurgery of Complex Vascular Lesions and Tumors includes two different parts, focusing first on cerebrovascular diseases and then brain tumors.
In this book, eminent neurosurgeons from around the world expose personal clinical cases met during their previous experience, discussing the difficulty of the case and techniques used to negotiate these.
A short and concise book useful for all neurosurgeons in order to acquire a greater ability to manage particularly complex clinical cases.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:53

Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

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Neil Martin, MD, is famous for his contribution to the development of the arteriovenous malformation (AVM) grading system (Spetzler-Martin classification). He spent several decades as chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center. Since 2016 he has been nominated responsible of the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute.
This lecture addresses the management of AVM, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels within the brain which is congenital but not necessary hereditary.
Dr. Martin exposes the clinical manifestations, the diagnostic processes and the grading systems of the AVM. In particular he focuses on the treatment choices which are represented by: microsurgical technique, embolization and radiotherapy.