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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:26

The Brain Surgeon’s Vlog - Episode 2

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The second episode of “The Brain Surgeon’s Vlogs” focuses on the Royal London Hospital which is part of the Barts Health NHS Trust, the biggest NHS trust in the UK. The building is located on Whitechapel Road in East London, and is more than 250 years old.

Mr Alamri takes us on a guided tour of the hospital, encompassing theatres, A&E and emergency radiology. Enjoy the video and stay tuned for more great content from Brainbook.




Tuesday, 11 September 2018 06:15

The Brain Surgeon’s Vlog - Episode 1

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We are delighted to present the first episode of “The Brain Surgeon’s Vlog”, created by our official partner Brainbook, a neurosurgical platform based in London.

In this video, Mr Alex Alamri (Brainbook co-founder and neurosurgery registrar at the Royal London Hospital) introduces this amazing project which embodies one of the main statements of Brainbook: to demystify neurosurgery by showing what happens in a neurosurgical department on a day-to-day basis.  The principle goal of this project is to make the public (and especially patients) more comfortable with the neurosurgical world.

Various daily activities of a neurosurgeon are to be covered in subsequent episodes.

Monday, 27 August 2018 14:27

Spinal Cord Tumours

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Tumours of the spine and spinal cord represent nearly 15% of primary central nervous system tumours. Based on the compartment involved they can be subdivided into extradural and intradural; the latter group further divided into extra- and intramedullary tumours. The most common extramedullary tumours are meningioma and schwannoma, while ependymoma, astrocytoma and haemangioblastoma are the most prevalent intramedullary lesions.

In this video Dr. David W Newell, the founder of the Seattle Neuroscience Institute, exposes the anatomical features and the diagnostic process for these lesions, by focusing on their surgical management.


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.


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.

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. 


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.


Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:13

Making Sense of AVM Surgery

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Dealing with arteriovenous malformation (AVMs), although these are vascular lesions like aneurysms, is way different and far more difficult than clipping an aneurysm. Having the right strategy is crucial for the successful end. Dr. Michael Lawton reveals tenets and techniques gained during his long experience in vascular neurosurgery. Understanding the organization of each AVM depending on its location in brain is of utmost importance. That is why Dr. Lawton categorized AVMs to seven types and explain approaches to each one of them.

Monday, 28 August 2017 13:14

Spinal Cord Tumors

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Spinal cord tumors present a significant treatment dilemma. This video summarizes clinical and surgical approaches to patients with intra- and extramedullary lesions.

Prof. Sciubba’s main area of interest is complex spine surgery, especially tumors and deformities. In his presentation he briefly explains the classification, differential diagnosis, management algorithm for intradural spinal cord tumors, as well as surgical outcomes, risks of postsurgical spinal deformities and need of instrumentation.

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