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Friday, 15 June 2018 05:52

The Top-100 Most-Cited Articles on Meningioma

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AUTHORS: Almutairi O, Albakr A, Al-Habib A, Ajlan A.

SUMMARY: Meningioma is a tumor that forms from the meninges, the membranous layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There are unquestionably articles with important historical data that are not valued by their citation counts alone. Nevertheless, count system remains an accepted method to assess article’s impact. In this study, they performed an analysis of the 100 most impactful articles on meningiomas and analyzed their characteristics. Authors performed a title-specific search of the Scopus database to identify highly cited articles on meningioma in November 2016.

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Date: July 12 – 15, 2018

Location: London, UK

The Annual World Course In Advanced Brain Tumour Surgery is a yearly event led by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), which will be held for the seventh time this year. Across four days delegates from around the world will have the chance to witness some of the masters of neurosurgery at work. The event begins on 12th June with 12 hours of live streaming surgery. Then it will be possible to attend hands-on workshops, seminars and debates.

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Monday, 04 June 2018 21:35


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Date: August 11 – 16, 2018

Location: Toronto, Canada

The NeuroTrauma2018 is a six days symposium which is held by three leading societies in the neurotrauma field: the International Neurotrauma Society (INTS) which is composed by scientists and the purpose of which is to spread the neurotrauma research all over the world; the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) which aim is to promote and to ensure the excellence in the filed by creating opportunities, establishing standards in clinical research, and supporting research at every levels; the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care which provides a forum for education and research on trauma and critical care of the nervous system and coordinates activities and programs relating to trauma.

The congress is going to start on August 10, 2018 with a “Pre-Symposium Course” which will take stock of the situation about the management of brain and spine trauma and will cover the theoretical basis and principles for managing traumatic brain and spine injuries and making proper decisions in the complicated cases.

The regular registration deadline is June 30, 2018.

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Date: Monday 28th May 2018, 14:00 GMT

Speaker: Professor Franco Servadei
Topic: Global Neurosurgery

This will be the first webinar in a series held by the WFNS Young Neurosurgeons committee. The WFNS president, Professor Franco Servadei, will be speaking on the topic of global neurosurgery. In recent years, global surgery had gained attention as an area for improvement, with an estimated 5 billion people worldwide not having access to safe surgical care. Professor Servadei will be speaking about how neurosurgery may be coordinated on a global scale in order to meet this challenge and others.

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Meeting ID: 957-780-803

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in those <45 years old. In more recent years, advances in different subspecialities led to the provision of better care and improved outcomes. Different techniques are described in this article: monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP), evacuation of intracranial haematomas and external ventricular drainage to name a few. Finallly, trauma neurosurgery is emerging as a distinct subspecialty due to all the recent research advances explained in the article and an interdisciplinary working group between trauma neurosurgeons and clinicians from other disciplines is crucial to ensure high-quality care.

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An external ventricular drain (EVD) is a neurosurgical device used to treat hydrocephalus and relieve elevated intracranial pressure, most commonly when the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inside the brain is obstructed. It is among the most common procedures performed by neurosurgeons, however it does carry a number of risks. A prospective multicentre cohort study of EVD insertions was conducted  by British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative to assess the incidence of infections infections. A total of 495 EVD catheters were inserted into 452 patients. In the assessed population, the incidence of EVD-associated infections was 9.3%.

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:03

WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Survey

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If you are a neurosurgery trainee or have been a consultant/attending for 10 years or less, the WFNS Young Neurosurgeons committee would like to hear from you. In order to best serve the needs of young neurosurgeons worldwide, we must first get to know them! This short survey is the first of many opportunities for the young neurosurgery community to voice their thoughts.

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Dr. Angelos Kolias is Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the Cambridge Neuroscience Community. He is also a member of the WFNS Young Neurosurgeons Committee. His main interest is about neurotrauma, in particular with the mechanisms of action of interventions for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

In this video Dr Kolias presents the aim, the design and setting and the outcomes of the  RESCUEicp trial [Randomised Evaluation of Surgery with Craniectomy for Uncontrolled Elevation of Intra-Cranial Pressure], of which he was the research fellow.
The clinical question of this trial was to evaluated if decompressive craniectomy could result in more favourable mortality and neurological outcomes at 6 months, compared with barbiturate coma management. It resulted in a Class I evidence for using last-tier decompressive craniectomy (DC) as a life-saving intervention for refractory raised ICP following TBI. At 6 months DC  was associated with lower mortality but higher rate of vegetative state and lower and upper severe disability; the moderate disability and the good recovery rates were similar in comparison with the barbiturate coma management group.
In the second part of the video Dr Kolias presents the RESCUE-ASDH trial [Randomised Evaluation of Surgery with Craniectomy for patients Undergoing Evacuation of Acute SubDural Haematoma] of which the recruitment is still on-going. In this case the aim is to compare the neurological outcomes and the effectiveness of adult head-injury patients undergoing evacuation of acute subdural haematoma after a decompressive craniectomy versus craniotomy.


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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