The 3rd International Course in Peripheral Nerve & Brachial Plexus Surgery
of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
24th-26th September, 2018
Bad Soden (Frankfurt) – Giessen, GERMANY
Surgery of Peripheral Nerves and Brachial Plexus has traditionally been a watershed area between surgical specialties.
Since peripheral nerve injuries are mainly associated with injuries to the extremities, orthopaedic and trauma surgeons claim their proximity to this sub-speciality.
Aftermaths of peripheral nerve injuries demanding functional reanimation procedures are best performed by plastic and hand surgeons that are traditionally trained in reconstructive work- thus pushing this area into their domain.
Since peripheral nerves are a part of the nervous system, neurosurgeons claim that peripheral nerve problems are their’s to manage.
In fact all three specialties have exceptional insights to offer towards the optimisation of surgical strategies in peripheral nerve problems: Orthopaedic surgeons are wont to treat concomitant injuries to extremities, applying principles appropriate therein; Plastic surgeons traditionally do microsurgical and reconstructive work for both soft tissue and bony deficits, acute or chronic- the nerves including; Neurosurgeons feel completely at home with the intra-operative functional assessment of nerves and associated structures- which is an integral part of modern peripheral nerve surgery.
In our times, the word “modern peripheral nerve surgery” has acquired an interdisciplinary character owing to the aforementioned. Especially since the turn of the century there is a reawakening of interest in nerves, which can be observed in the increasing number of scientific papers published and training courses offered.
The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies has made it one of its aims to buttress this renaissance of peripheral nerves.
Organised by the Peripheral Nerve Committee of the WFNS, the two previous courses in Leon, Spain (2016) and in Belgrade, Serbia (2017) have been extraordinarily successful and have procured high ratings among the attendees.
The honour and responsibility to organise the 3rd course have been handed over to us for the year 2018. We have an exceptional international faculty of varying background supporting our endeavour. The programme will offer theoretical discussions of basic as well as advanced aspects of peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery, practical demonstrations of live surgical operations involving modern surgical technology with simultaneous commentaries & discussions, and dissection of human cadavers in cooperation with the Anatomical Institute of the Justus Liebig University of Giessen.
The Bad Soden County Hospital, where the theoretical and surgical parts of the course will be held is located 15 cab-minutes away from the Frankfurt International Airport- one of the major hubs for international air-travel in Europe. Thus reaching us directly is easy from practically any airport around the globe.
Registration is open from 3rd April 2018 through 22nd July 2018.
In order to encourage participation from countries with lower-middle and low-incomes, we have significantly reduced registration fees for participants coming from these countries. The World Bank List of Economies 2017 was taken as the scale for determining reduced rates. Both the registration form and the World Bank List of Economies 2017 can be downloaded from this page or sent to you via email.
We encourage the course participants to submit an abstract or two with scientific results or interesting case reports from your own practices, which we can discuss here for the benefit of all.
Please mark your calendars and send in your registration-forms in a timely manner. You will receive a confirmation letter once the payment towards registration has been received.
We will update information on hotel-accommodation and other organisational issues as soon as they become available. Thus please keep checking-back at this site or write to us directly.
On behalf of the local organising committee, the WFNS-PNS-committee, my co-directors Professors Mariano Socolovsky (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Lucas Rasulic (Belgrade, Serbia), I extend you our warm welcome to this exceptional event.
Come to Germany in September and enjoy a stimulating scientific exchange at an international level of exceptional acumen. Be inspired by eminent people of the speciality and also inspire us yourself with your insights. Take home the impressions and inspirations to further advance the cause of our mutual passion: Surgery of Peripheral Nerves and the Brachial Plexus.
I am eagerly looking forward to seeing you in Frankfurt in September 2018!
Kartik G. Krishnan, MD, PhD
Head of the Department of Neurosurgery
Bad Soden County Hospital
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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