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Autumn News from the EANS
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August Newsletter: Table of Contents

EANS2016 – Report
Get to Know … André Grotenhuis
EANS Advanced Spine Course: Registration Is Open! 
EANS-funded Observerships – Apply Now!
Recruitment of Examiners to the Examination Board of the FEBNS
EANS Young Neurosurgeons’ Meeting: 6 – 8 April 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Save the Date: Intraoperative Neurophysiology for Neurosurgery: The Essentials, IInd Edition, Verona, Italy
EANS Archives – Can You Help?
Craniofacial Fellowship Available at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool UK
Junior Doctors’ International Meeting
Accor Hotels Discount for EANS Individual Members
This Month in Acta Neurochirugica
EANS Academy Selections
Case of the Month


EANS2016 – A Great Success!

A big thank you to all who contributed to the 16th European Congress of Neurosurgery, which took place in Athens from 4 – 8 September. We have been delighted to receive so much positive feedback about what is now a truly global event; delegates from more than 75 countries made EANS2016 our best attended meeting for many years. We funded a competitive travel grant initiative for the first time this year and will continue the programme in future; it was wonderful to see the winners taking full advantage of the opportunity to attend.

Our sincere thanks to our hosts Panagiotis Selviaridis, Alex Andreou, Nikolas Foroglou and the rest of the Organising Committee for putting together a scientific programme with such strength in depth – it’s very difficult to single out specific highlights,  The “Meet the Experts” sessions were again enormously popular, while the first oral presentation of the RESCUEicp results by Professor Peter Hutchinson was  a landmark moment which we were delighted to host – the presentation can be viewed HERE. All the E-posters and keynote talks from EANS2016 are available on the EANS Academy at

Finally, congratulations to Dublin, who narrowly won the vote to host EANS2019 by a slim margin from Belgrade, during Sunday’s well attended AGM. You can access the full minutes of the AGM here, and the associated financial report here.

NB: An online photo gallery will be available soon!


Get to Know … André Grotenhuis

This month, EANS president André Grotenhuis, who will be well known to all of you, has agreed to take part in this feature. Below are a few excerpts, you can read the complete interview HERE.

He has been a full Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Department of Neurosurgery at the Radboud UMC (Radboud University Medical Centre) Nijmegen, the Netherlands since 2001, and was the the Chairman of the department from 1999 to 2010. He has also been the training program director since 1999. Last week – to his surprise – he was called back to his Department from a conference for an urgent meeting with the Dean – only to find that he had been awarded teacher / trainer of the Year from the University! 

~The wisest thing anybody ever told you?
If you don’t fight for your dreams then you don’t deserve that dream.

~What book is on your bedside table (or Kindle) at the moment?
“Borrowed time” by Robert Goddard.

~Meet one person – dead or alive – who and why?
Elon Musk. An innovator in every sense of the word, he is successful at creating what he dreams of. His thinking is at a level most of us cannot even imagine. PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors and now Hyperloop. Thinking out of the box is why he is where he is today. Brainstorming with him over a cup of tea would be really great!

~If you could start all over again – would you again choose neurosurgery as a specialty?
Although it was not my initial choice during medical school, the answer is absolutely yes! 

Read the full text HERE.



2016 EANS-funded Observerships – Apply Now!

As a not-for-profit organisation, our goal is to reinvest the revenue we earn from events and subscriptions into initiatives which will benefit our members. We are therefore delighted again to be offering the EANS-funded observerships, first introduced in 2014.

Five awards are available, each for one month’s funded study in the European neurosurgical unit of the observer’s choice. Please see for full details.  The deadline is 31 October 2016.

If you are unsure of where you might like to go, please see HERE – where you will find a list of European neurosurgical units who have indicated that they are open to hosting  observers from foreign countries.


Recruitment of Examiners
to the Examination Board
for the Fellowship of the European Board of Neurological Surgery

The Examination Board for the Fellowship of the European Board of Neurological Surgery is currently recruiting examiners.

The requirements are:

  • an enthusiasm for training and examining
  • commitment to examining (between 4 and 8 days per year)
  • being in active clinical practice in Europe
  • having completed at least 5 years clinical work following completion of training
  • not having any personal licensing sanctions or restriction of practice orders in place
  • a good command of English (listening and spoken).

To express your interest in joining the Examination Board, please:
(i) write a short paragraph (200 words) explaining why you would like to join and highlighting your key reasons for applying; and
(ii) prepare a 1-page précis CV including your key areas of clinical work, experience as a trainer and any previous experience as an examiner.

Both of these documents should be sent to Petra Koubova (


EANS Young Neurosurgeons Meeting 2017

The Meeting topic has been fixed – “The Spinal Cord”, and an EANS Research Committee course planned for all day on the 6th of April. Register your interest HERE.


Save the Date!

Intraoperative Neurophysiology for Neurosurgery:
The Essentials, IInd Edition

A second Edition of the very successful 2015 “Intraoperative Neurophysiology for Neurosurgeons: The Essentials” Symposium is planned for 28-30 September 2017 (dates tbc) in Verona, Italy.

This immediately precedes EANS2017 and thus delegates could attend both easily (Verona is one hour’s journey from Venice).


We are hoping to build a formal archives of EANS materials and are actively seeking YOUR help!

If you have any pre-2009 documents relating to the EANS (old meeting programmes, articles, etc) we would be very grateful if you could send copies / scans to Petra Koubova. Thank you!


Craniofacial Fellowship Available at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, UK

This is one of four UK units undertaking complex craniofacial surgery and as such there is a large volume practice. Over 130 procedures are performed each year, with over 1400 outpatient attendances. There is a large multi-disciplinary team including neurosurgeons, maxillo-facial surgeons and plastic surgeons, as well as a significant number of allied specialities.

Any training surgeons in neuro, max-fac’s or plastics interested in this opportunity should contact for further information.


Abstracts extended until 10th October! Click HERE for full details.


EANS Members receive a discount
on hotel rooms
around the world!


This Month In Acta!

Take a look at the contents of Volume 158, Issue 10, the October edition of Acta!

Meanwhile, do you have the Acta Neurochirurgica app?
Click HERE for iOS, and HERE for Android.


EANS Academy Selections


The current state of disc replacement
Ronald Bartels
EANS2016, Athens


The RESCUEicp Study
Peter Hutchinson
EANS2016, Athens


Electrophysiological monitoring in posterior fossa surgery
Francesco Sala
EANS Young Neurosurgeons’ Meeting, London, April 2016


What neurosurgeons should know about advances in stroke management
Peter Vajkoczy
EANS2015, Madrid

NB: EANS Members, be sure you are logged in to the Academy via in order to access all materials. If you are not an individual member of the EANS but are interested in accessing our EANS Academy please contact to find out more.


Case of the Month

The EANS Case of the Month for September, “A 22-year old man presents with a swelling around the right orbital region”,  comes from S Sperker, F Neff and D Schul, Germany.

Please click HERE to read the case.

And did you know? You can access the full EANS Case of the Month Archives HERE!


We Want to Hear from You!

We are always trying to find ways to make our newsletter more interesting and relevant to you, so please, if you have any suggestions, whatever they might be, don’t hesitate to be in touch with Liz at We look forward to hearing from you.

Recommend a friend to join the EANS and you both could win a year’s free membership!




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