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04.05.2023. EANS Monthly Digest: May 2023 Issue!

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A message by the EANS President Andreas Demetriades

Dear friends and colleagues,

April brought us the Spring season, and with it religious reflection, as Passover, Easter and Eid Mubarak were in close proximity to each other. Despite differences, there are strong similarities as they all promote peace and tolerance; it is our hope that people in Europe, Africa and further afield will find some relief from conflict and natural disasters.

It has also been a very busy month neurosurgically. I had the honour and pleasure to be hosted at the AANS annual meeting in Los Angeles, where synergies between the American and European continental societies were discussed and strengthened; we continue to host US trainees to our Training Courses while European trainees attend hands-on courses in the United States, and next year the EANS will be a guest society to the 2024 AANS Annual Meeting. I was also honoured to join the Turkish Neurosurgical Society at their Annual Congress in Antalya, and share in the high quality proceedings. Congratulations for a smooth presidential transition from Ann Stroink to Tony Asher in Los Angeles, and from Emel Avci to Hakan Emmez in Antalya, all wonderful hosts.

The annual FEBNS exam was held at the beginning of March, and in April the EANS Council mid-term  meeting put together all committee/section/task force chairs reported their activity so far plus the plans for the rest of the year. We are in excellent hands.

Our May calendar indeed holds yet again several EANS educational opportunities for our community. First and foremost, I urge you to take advantage of the reduced early-bird registration rates for the EANS2023 Congress in Barcelona, which expire on 16th May. Book your slot for what promises to be a fantastic event, guaranteed!

Our webinar series carries on with two intriguing topics this week: the brand new EANS Taskforce for Emerging Technologies and Innovations in Neurosurgery bring us their second webinar, while the Neurotrauma section discusses Ethical Issues. Registration is always free.

Round the corner are meetings for which registrations are now available. In Madrid, in early June, our Young Neurosurgeons are coming together. Have you been to Marseille? The 10th Annual EANS Vascular Meeting, 7-8 September 2023, will host a ground-breaking scientific programme and amazing faculty; a great warm-up before the Congress, and Marseille never fails to amaze any visitor. The same goes for Rotterdam, which will host our EANS Advanced Microvascular Hands-On Course, 26-29 October 2023. Save the date and stay tuned, registration information will be announced very soon.

I would like to take the opportunity and congratulate the shortlisted candidates for the EANS-AESCULAP shortlisted candidates. The selection process was extremely competitive due to the high quality of the submissions received. Although only two can win, warm congratulations go to all those that made it so far for their outstanding work!

On the Global & Humanitarian front, please visit our latest effort towards twinning programmes between European and colleagues in LMICs.

Finally, we are very excited to announce that our individual members will enjoy a full waiver of APCs for Brain and Spine until further notice. If you are not a member yet, you are invited to join our family!

Please explore our May’s newsletter and read our news.

Best regards,
Andreas Demetriades
EANS President

EANS2023 Barcelona Congress: Great news to share!

The EANS2023 Barcelona Congress preliminary agenda is now available! Click the button below and take a look.

7 Congress halls, 300 lectures and more than 1600 abstracts await you for 5 days full of activities. Join now and take advantage of the early rates until 16 May 2023!

EANS Webinar Series: 2 Amazing webinars coming up this week

Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 17:00 CET: Emerging Technologies and Innovations in Neurosurgery

For this episode, we are very excited to have Stefan Vilsmeier (Brainlab, Germany) sharing his vision on How Digital Technology can shape Neurosurgery, as well as Jorge Presa (Cyber Surgery, Spain) featuring Engineer’s perspective on the present and future of spinal robotics.

Thursday, 4 May 2023, 17:00 CET: Ethical issues in Neurotrauma: Are we operating the right indications?

The invited speakers are Beáta Laki (University of Pécs, Hungary), Franco Servadei (Humanitas University and Research Hospital, Italy), Wilco Peul (Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands) and the discussion will be moderated by Peter J. Toth (University of Pécs, Hungary) and Iftakher Hossain (Turku University Hospital, Finland).

Register here for free

Candidates for the AESCULAP-EANS Research Prize have been shortlisted

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted candidates for the AESCULAP-EANS Research Prize, who will present their research during the 2023 Research Course in Madrid.

Thanks to the generosity of B. Braun Aesculap, we are awarding two prizes of €5000 each.

Six candidates have been shortlisted to win the Aesculap-EANS Research Prize for the best clinical and the best laboratory entry. Register now and see them presenting their research during the Research Course on 8 June.

Best Laboratory Shortlisted Candidates:
Kevin Akeret (Switzerland) – MyD88-TLR4-dependent choroid plexus activation precedes perilesional inflammation and secondary brain edema in a mouse model of intracerebral hemorrhage 

Sofie Dietvorst (Belgium) – The influence of arterial carbon dioxide level on the shape of the cerebrovascular autoregulation curve in a porcine cranial window model

Matthias Millesi (Austria) – DNA Methylation Associates With Clinical Courses of Atypical Meningiomas: A Matched Case-Control Study

Best Clinical Shortlisted Candidates:
Anne Broekema (Netherlands) – Noninferiority of Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy vs Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion for Procedural Success and Reduction in Arm Pain Among Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy at 1 Year. The FACET Randomized Clinical Trial

Manina Etter (Switzerland) – Severe Neuro-COVID is associated with peripheral immune signatures, autoimmunity and neurodegeneration: a prospective cross-sectional study

David Clark (United Kingdom) – Casemix, management, and mortality of patients receiving emergency neurosurgery for traumatic brain injury in the Global Neurotrauma Outcomes Study: a prospective observational cohort study 

Kudos to the shortlisted candidates! May the best ones win!

Young Neurosurgeons Meeting – Have you ever attended a Skills Course? 

We are only a month away from the 12th Annual Young Neurosurgeons Meeting, Research & Training Pre-Meeting and Research Course!

Here is what’s hot: 

  • Registration for the Meeting & Skills Courses is still open
  • Research Course registration still available – only a few slots left!

Learn more and register


We invite you to participate to this very interesting survey by the Young Neurosugerons Committee about the Impostor Syndrome (IS), which occurs when high-achieving individuals have a pervasive sense of selfdoubt combined with fear of being exposed as a fraud, despite objective measures of success. This is one of the main causes of burnout among professionals, threatening their mental health and general well-being. The prevalence and severity of IS among neurosurgery residents and young neurosurgeons has been studied only recently and we request your help to better understand this phenomenon. You can click here to participate.

10th Annual EANS Vascular Section Meeting: Registration is open! 

Following the success of the previous annual meetings, on behalf of the Committee Panel of the EANS Vascular Section we invite you to participate in the 10th Annual EANS Vascular Section Meeting, which will again take place in Marseille, France from Thursday 7th to Friday 8th of September 2023.

The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual ESMINT Congress. Joint EANS/ESMINT sessions, also featuring a number of prominent speakers from both Europe and the US, will be organised again and we encourage as many as possible of you to support and attend this joint meetings as well.
Participate in a truly interdisciplinary platform for neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, and others who are interested in the treatment of cerebrovascular diseases.

Register now

EANS Dialogues: Marisa Gandia and Andreas Demetriades discuss about the Young Neurosurgeons Committee

Brain Innovation Days 2023 : Deadline for participation in the programme approaching!

Will you be joining the Brain Innovation Days in Brussels on 26-27 October 2023 for two full days of high-level brain innovation?

There is still some space in the programme for you:

  • Are you part of an ongoing project that is in the ideation or research phase? Present your work with a Poster Presentation in the Innovation Hall. Find out more
  • Do you have something tangible to showcase, such as a device, an app, technology or software? Showcase it in the Innovation Hall with a dedicated space! Find out more.
  • Do you have a start-up or business plan set up for the next great brain innovation? Take part in the Pitch Competition and pitch your business  to a jury of experts and investors in no more than 180 seconds. Find out more.
Deadline on 5 May 2023. Hurry up! 

Diversity Leader of the Month:
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Kapapa

In medicine, there are very common visions about what the physical appearance of a physician should be like. A doctor in a wheelchair and especially a surgeon in a wheelchair is not a typical role model for a doctor. Thomas Kapapa is a physician who performs surgery in a wheelchair…. 
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While you are here, we invite you to participate in the survey organized by the University of Toronto, in Collaboration with WFNS and in agreement with the EANS Diversity in Neurosurgery Committee, about parenting in neurosurgery. The survey is intended for all trainees and faculty in neurosurgery, male and female, regardless of whether you have children or not. Please click here to participate.

EANS Advanced Microvascular Hands-on Course:
Save the date!

Mark your calendars for 26-29 October 2023, we are going to Rotterdam!

As a result of popular demand among participants of the EANS Microvascular course, the EANS Advanced Microvascular Hands-On Course, functioning like a Step II course, aims to enrich and diversify the palette of microvascular tools at the disposal of vascular neurosurgeons.

Click HERE for more information! Registration will open soon.

Invitation to participate: EANS global neurosurgery collaborations interest assessment

The EANS Global and Humanitarian Neurosurgery Committee invites you to participate in a survey aimed at assessing your interest in two projects that may contribute to improving neurosurgical care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Participate here

Joint FLANC and EANS Theoretical and Practical International Course on Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Surgery wrap up

The First Joint FLANC and EANS Theoretical and Practical International Course on Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Surgery took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March. 31 – April 2, 2023. The FLANC and EANS organized this Course for the first time as a joint venture in cooperation with the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and Hospital Universitário Gaffrée e Guinle (HUGG). The Course Directors were Fernando Guedes (Brazil), Christian Heinen (Germany), and Lukas Rasulic (Serbia)….

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