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Simona Serioli

Simona Serioli

In the last years the introduction of genomics has represented a turning point, expanding the knowledge in the field of tumoral biology and determining changes in their management. The application of those discoveries have been extensively studied and applied in cranial pathologies, but not in the spinal counterpart. Could these additional information change the treatment strategies of spinal tumors in order to improve clinical outcome?

In this article the authors report an exhaustive description about standard of care, molecular characterization and targeted therapies of the principal primary spinal tumors (intramedullary spinal cord tumors, intradural extramedullary tumors and primary spinal column malignancies).

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DVAs (Developmental Venous Anomalies) are malformations of parenchyma drainage affecting cerebral veins. Also called venous angiomas, these lesions are usually supratentorial and composed of dilated medullary veins (caput medusae sign) arranged in a radial manner.

In this article the authors analyze DVAs characterized by shunts themselves (transitional venous anomalies) or related to cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). The aim of the study is to underline the differences of these two subgroups considering the clinical features, the treatment strategies used in the management and the outcome.

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Watch the video lecture "Navigating the Ventricles" created by the late pioneer of neuroanatomy, Dr. Albert Rhoton Jr. In this lecture, Dr. Rhoton starts to describe the cerebrum and its relationship with the vascular system; then provides a detailed description of lateral and third ventricles and surgical approaches related to this area. The video is also available in 3D format.

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Monday, 11 November 2019 08:22

Basic Endovascular Course for Neurosurgeons

Title: Basic Endovascular Course for Neurosurgeons
Date: January 14-15, 2020
Location: Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstraße 58/59, Berlin - Germany

Join the Basic Endovascular Course, January 14-15, in Berlin! This two-days course provides comprehensive preparation on basic endovascular procedures, including theoretic skills and hands on works. Registration has just opened!

View all details here

Title: EANS 10th Annual Young Neurosurgeons' Meeting & Research Course

Date: March 26 - 28, 2020

Location: Monakow Auditorium, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

It is a pleasure to present the EANS 10th Annual Young Neurosurgeons' Meeting & Research Course. Thanks to the collaboration of WFNS Young Neurosurgeons, the conference will focus on three main topics: neurooncology, artificial intelligence/innovative technologies in neurosurgery and functional neurosurgery. 

The special guest Mr Henry Marsh will lead the speech titled "Things that matter most – Retrospect on a neurosurgeon’s career". The event is dedicated to neurosurgeons in the years between qualification and consultancy and for those who have completed EANS training courses.

Registration will be available from 15 November 2019. 

Visit the official website for the preliminary programme!


Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is a malignant astrocytic tumor (grade IV according to the last WHO classification) that predominantly affects adults. The underlying mechanisms of the disease are still unclear and the treatments are modestly effective. In this review, the authors offer an exhaustive update of the emerging targeted therapies for treatment of this malignant brain tumor.

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Date: November 13-15, 2019
Location: Mayo Clinic Simulation Center, Jacksonville, FL US

The course will consist of 3 days of hands-on dissection of the brain on prepared embalmed human cadaveric material under the guidance of experts. Across the course, lectures about cerebral anatomy and cranial surgery will be lead by guest speakers.

The aim is to improve learning in the field of neuroanatomy, an indispensable component for the education and everyday practice of neurosurgeons. Don’t miss out on this event!

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The conventional uniportal spinal endoscopic decompression approach can present technical limits. The introduction of the percutaneous biportal endoscopic spinal surgery (BESS) represents a minimally invasive and innovative technique, reducing injury to lumbar structures and facilitating a view of the surgical area at high magnification. The purpose of this study is to describe the approach and offer an analysis of clinical postoperative results.

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Monday, 07 October 2019 08:59

Recent Advances in Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) is one of the most important traumatic pathologies, associated with a high rate of death and disability. The prompt action and the correct management by medical staff  have important repercussions on the outcome in the short, medium and long term. In this article, the authors offer an update of the field, focusing on three aspects: neurointensive care therapies, decompressive craniectomy and novel pharmacological therapies.

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Monday, 30 September 2019 17:28

9th IFNE World Congress of Neuroendoscopy

Title: 9th World Congress of Neuroendoscopy
Date: November 21-24, 2019
Location: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando - Florida, USA
Mark your calendars for the IFNE World Congress! The 2019 edition will be held November 21-24 in Orlando, Florida (USA).
Don't forget to secure your participation to the Pre-Congress hands-on cadaver workshop. Only 30 places available.

For more information please visit the official website