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Final Invitation to 5th International Symposium on Navigated Brain Stimulation in Neurosurgery Berlin, Germany, 13th- 14th December, 2013

15 November 2013

Dear colleagues, 

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 5th International Symposium on Navigated Brain Stimulation in Neuro-surgery. Navigated Brain Stimulation (NBS) has proven to be a reliable and accurate method for analysis of cortical function. Like direct electrical cortical stimulation, NBS is a direct method of stimulation, yet has the profound advantage of being non-invasive. There is now a robust body of evidence showing the value of NBS mapping. 2012 saw growing acceptance of NBS as the new standard for preoperative cortical mapping for patients with brain tumors or other brain diseases, with 14 peer-reviewed clinical papers published. Clinicians in the United States, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy added to the large body of evidence from earlier studies demonstrating the clinical utility of NBS for motor and language mapping. In all the papers, NBS has been shown to be accurate and reliable, and, when compared to fMRI, has been shown to be more accurate, more reliable and better tolerated. Extending the use of NBS to language mapping is of considerable interest right now and the clinical results are very promising. 

More recently, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists in Italy have published a paper describing the feasibility of integrating NBS mapping and other functional imaging results into the planning of stereotactic radiosurgery, and we hope to hear about these techniques at the Symposium. 

Additionally, we expect to be kept up-to-date on the exciting developments in the use of NBS in the therapy-related applications of pain control and stroke rehabilitation. 

This year, the best submitted poster abstracts will be awarded with a talk in the main session (7 min talk, 3 min discussion). 

We again welcome you to Berlin! 

Prof. Dr. P. Vajkoczy
Head of the Neurosurgical Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr. Th. Picht
Local organizer

Faculty: Thomas Picht, Berlin
Dietmar Frey, Berlin
Peter Vajkoczy, Berlin

Florian Ringel, Munich
Sandro Krieg, Munich 
Bernhard Meyer, Munich

Final program for 5th International Symposium on NBS in Neurosurgery (pdf, 427 KB)

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