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Leading role for Nexstim´s NBS at the 2014 DGNC Neurophysiology Section meeting

29 January 2014

HELSINKI, Finland—Jan. 29, 2014--Navigated Brain Stimulation (NBS) is significantly adding to the understanding of functional localization and networks in the human brain. A presentation by a joint team from the Universities of Munich, Germany and Oxford, England showed the potential feasibility of NBS to locate distinctive neuropsychological functions such as face recognition, categorization and calculation in the cortex. The next step is evaluating the clinical usefulness of these findings for preoperative mapping by NBS in brain tumor patients. A presentation from a team at Munich University showed that NBS is able to cause language impairment and understanding even in the non-dominant hemisphere. These findings suggest that the right side of the brain is perhaps more strongly involved in sensory language function than previously understood. The clinical value of NBS in presurgical planning, as well as in the post-operative evaluation of brain plasticity and associated motor functional recovery, was shown in presentation from the University Hospital of Cologne as well as the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

About the Neurophysiology Section of the German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC) 2014 meeting

This was the first year an entire session of the bi-annual meeting of the Neurophysiology Section of the German Society for Neurosurgery (Sektionstagung Neurophysiologie der DGNC) meeting was reserved for discussing recent advances in NBS mapping. The meeting was held 17-18 January, 2014 and hosted by the University of Würzburg Germany. The NBS session on mapping speech and cognition opened the meeting and was moderated by Drs. T. Picht from the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and A. Szelényi from the University Hospital Düsseldorf. The opening day of the neurophysiology meeting was completed by a session on cortical and pyramidal motor mapping, moderated by Drs. M. Kramer, from LMU München, and R-I. Ernestus, from the University of Würzburg. A total of 8 presentations were made on the use of NBS: six presentations were made by Professor Meyer´s team from Munich (TUM), with additional presentations from Professor Vajkoczy´s team at Berlin and Dr. C. Weiss at Cologne University Hospital.

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