Welcome Message

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great honor and pleasure to invite you to the 2019 Consensus Conference and 4th Refresher Course of the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN), which will be held in Paris - France, at the Imagine Institute, from February 28 to March 2, 2019.

The topic selected for the Consensus Conference is decompressive craniectomy in children. The program has been structured with the aim of answering three among the main debated questions on this topic. The first will be “Indications for decompressive craniectomy in children”, a debated surgical procedure focusing on when to do it. The second question on which a consensus it will be attempted is Technique for decompressive craniectomy in children focusing on the surgical techniques, its related complications and their avoidance. The last question to which we will direct our attention is the management of the post-operative complications and especially the Reconstruction after decompressive craniectomy in children.

The Consensus Conference will be followed by the Refresher Course, which will be dedicated to What genetic and epigenetic currently teach us on pediatric brain tumors, undoubtedly over the recent years, a large amount of new information has been raised by the advances in the genetic. An updated perspective on the clinical repercussions of basic neuro-oncological research to everyday practice on the different forms of pediatric brain tumors and treatment options will be the center of the Course, which, as per tradition of ESPN educational activities, will have a distinguished part dedicated to practical management issues through case discussions sections.

We look forward to welcoming you once again in Paris.
Prof. Michel Zerah
Conference Chairman
Prof. Federico Di Rocco
ESPN Training & Education Committee Chair