CHARTING A PATH:
Exploring the Past, Present and Future of
In the growing field of brain mapping, advances are made each year in surgical centers
around the world. As these pre- and intraoperative brain mapping techniques evolve,
practitioners have begun searching for a forum to share their unique experiences, cases
and techniques with other leading neurosurgeons.
“In meeting with neurosurgeons around the world, it became obvious that we are all
doing things a bit differently within the realm of brain mapping,” said course co-director
Mitchel S. Berger, MD, FAANS, on his inspiration for the course. “I knew that it would
be very powerful to come together in one location and share techniques, giving all
participants a better sense of the field.”
The AANS, in collaboration with the NREF, hosted the
First International Brain Mapping
course, April 28-29, 2016, in Chicago.
Over these two days, course co-directors Dr. Berger; Richard W. Byrne, MD, FAANS; and
Hugues Duffau, MD, led a diverse group of faculty hailing from brain mapping centers
across four continents.
This faculty presented the current understanding of functional anatomy, reviewed the
history of functional brain mapping and explored potential advances in technique and
applications. Nearly a dozen faculty members shared algorithms, procedures and
approaches employed at their individual practices. “The presenters really did justice to
the topic, especially with regards to clear description of each of the mapping techniques
with their various applications,” commented course attendee, Chiazor Onyia, MD.
Due to overwhelming response, the course was filled to capacity weeks in advance. Also,
the recorded lectures from the course are now available online – allowing an even greater
international audience to share in the knowledge from this inaugural course.
AANS EDUCATION BY THE NUMBERS
resident/fellow education courses
jointly-provided CME programs
SNS/AANS junior resident courses: Introduction to Operating Room and Leadership
total educational CME activities in the 2016 fiscal year, including
online courses, webinars and enduring materials