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Exploring the Past, Present and Future of

Brain Mapping

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.



live courses


resident/fellow education courses


jointly-provided CME programs


SNS/AANS junior resident courses: Introduction to Operating Room and Leadership

More than


total educational CME activities in the 2016 fiscal year, including

online courses, webinars and enduring materials