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Invitation to the 6th International Symposium on Navigated Brain Stimulation in Neurosurgery

09 April 2014

Berlin, Germany, 10th-11th October, 2014

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 6th International Symposium on Navigated Brain Stimulation in Neurosurgery. There is growing acceptance of NBS as the new standard for preoperative cortical mapping for patients with brain tumors or other brain diseases. 2013 saw 18 peer-reviewed clinical papers published in journals and a much greater number of posters and presentations at meetings around the world. Notably, six of the clinical papers published in 2013 concerned language mapping.

The participants in the last Symposium were the first to hear the results of a large, 200 hundred-patient cohort outcome study from Munich (TUM). In the study, just published, it was shown that following the adoption of routine NBS mapping there was a significantly greater extent of resection performed and better motor outcomes in patients undergoing resection of rolandic tumors than the time immediately before NBS was adopted.

We have had proof for a while now that NBS can help the surgical planning process considerably. We now have proof that NBS mapping prior to surgery also benefits our patients. It is worth stressing that we feel that it is neurosurgeons´ increased confidence in the totality of the data that leads to such significant outcome improvements. In other words, NBS does not merely add new data, but also increases the informational value of all our other preoperative and intraoperative data, as well.

Finally, we expect to be kept up-to-date on the exciting developments therapy-related applications of NBS in pain control and stroke rehabilitation. The 6th Symposium will hear about the results of the CONTRASTIM trial reported at the American AHA/ASA meeting in February, where navigated 1 Hz rTMS therapy prior to physiotherapy was shown lead to significant improvements in upper limb motor recovery.

A poster abstract session will be held at the Symposium with awards for the best three posters and the best submitted abstracts will be presented in the main session. Please submit posters by September 10th.

We again welcome you to Berlin!

Prof. Dr. P. Vajkoczy
Head of the Neurosurgical Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Dr. Th. Picht 
Local organizer
Thomas Picht, Berlin 
Dietmar Frey, Berlin 
Peter Vajkoczy, Berlin
Florian Ringel, Munich 
Sandro Krieg, Munich 
Bernhard Meyer, Munich

First announcement of 6th International NBS Symposium (pdf, 638 KB)

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