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Sunday, 08 April 2018 12:11

Cochrane Neurological Sciences

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The Cochrane Neurological Sciences Field is part of Cochrane Review Groups. Its role is to help neurological Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) in carrying out reviews in all areas of neurology and neurosurgery. Systematic reviews have the goal of providing the best estimate in terms of all relevant trials. The purpose is to give the best summary of evidence-based medicine in order to make the most appropriate individual treatment decisions.

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The authors of this article state that the average incidence of congenital hydrocephalus approaches 46.5 in 100,000 live births, highlighting the clinical relevance of the condition. In spite of this, investigations into the underlying genetic bases for this condition are lacking. Only 4 genes have previously been identified to play a significant role in the occurrence of congenital hydrocephalus. These are L1CAM and AP1S2 (X-linked) and CCDC88C and MPDZ (autosomal recessive). The aim of the present study was to establish the genetic aetiology of this condition.

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Dr. Ulrich Thomale from Charitè describes the role of navigated neuroendoscopy in pediatric hydrocephalus, especially for cases where the patient has presented with multiloculated hydrocephalus or trapped ventricles. Endoscopy has a particular value in this condition and in many cases could be used in shunting, decreasing the number of shunts or even replacing the shunt as a treatment option. In his lecture he presents many complex cases where advances in augmented reality has a tremendous impact also. The approach to children with hydrocephalus is beautifully outlined in his presentation. Neuroendoscopy is doubtless a highly valuable component of the neurosurgical arsenal in treating hydrocephalus.


Monday, 02 April 2018 07:02

Skull Base Techniques for Senior Residents

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To provide an enduring educational resource for neurosurgical residents and fellows, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) present a series of online courses: the AANS/NREF Resident Education Series. Recorded in March 2014, the Skull Base Course for Senior Residents is led by Course Director Jon H. Robertson, MD, FAANS, and presented by an expert faculty. This compilation of videos gives residents an insight into approaches to anterior, middle and posterior cranial fossae. Experts in the field present many surgical cases from their practice and give advice to future surgical generations.

Viktor’s Notessm is a free online source of educational materials created primarily for neurosurgery residents by Viktoras Palys, MD. The website includes different topics: neurosurgery, neurology, ophthalmology, otology and basic sciences. Every topic is organised in different sections (anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment) and there are hyperlinks to examine a subject. It is possible to download a PDF document for each topic, too. One of the most important features is the permanent update of references which makes this website a powerful way to stay updated.

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The complex anatomy of the brainstem, and the presence of important structures in close proximity to one another, mean that operating on lesions in this location provides a particular challenge to neurosurgeons. The anterior mesencephalic (or perioculomotor) entry zone has previously been described in surgery for lesions of the midbrain. The perioculomotor entry zone lies between the PCA and SCA, and in the medial fifth of the cerebral peduncle lateral to the oculomotor nerve. The authors of this article describe an approach through the interpeduncular fossa for tackling more medial lesions in this area.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:27

Online survey on neurosurgical education

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Dr. Angelos Kolias and Dr. Amro Al-Habib will hold the first online survey to explore the current education status and needs for young neurosurgeons around the world.

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A series of web courses focused on Vascular Emergencies in countries with limited facilities. Dr. Hosam Al-Jehani and Dr. Ihsan Dogan will hold these events to focus on Global Neurosurgery issues.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:23

Webinar: On line education - 12 May 2018

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There is a growing interest on digital support to surgical education. Dr. Angelos Kolias, Cambridge University, will give an overview of online education sources available for neurosurgical trainees worldwide. 

Follow the webinar: 12 May 2018, h 18 (London time)

Dates: June 11 – 16, 2018

Location: Montegrotto Terme, Italy

The ESPN Annual Postgraduate Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery is the main vehicle of the Society to address and educate the next generation of professionals in this subspecialty. The ESPN training courses are internationally acclaimed for the high scientific level, an informal atmosphere that facilitates and enhances the interaction between faculty members and trainees, and represent a unique opportunity to meet peers in the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery. This year’s topics will include hydrocephalus, intracranial cysts, posterior fossa tumors and head and spine trauma. In keeping with the ESPN legacy, a distinguished panel of faculty members from all over the world will share their expertise throughout formal lectures, hands-on workshops, “solve a case” and video sessions.

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