Scientific Programme



15:00-16:00
ESPN Training & Education Committee Meeting Hall C
16:00-18:00 ESPN Business Meeting Hall C
18:00-19:00 ESPN 2023 Course Faculty Meeting Hall C
20:00 OPENING CEREMONY
Welcome drinks and light dinner
Hall A
08:00-10:00
MORNING SESSION 1
Hall A
08:00-08:05 Introduction to the Course

SPINAL CORD MALFORMATIONS
08:05-08:20
Classification and Embryology of spinal dysraphism
08:20-08:30 Antenatal diagnosis and management of spinal dysraphism
08:30-08:40 Neonatal Management of myelomeningocele. Which assessment at birth?
08:40-08:55 Issues with the closure of myelomeningocele and technique for repair
08:55–09:10 Management of myelomeningocele related hydrocephalus
09:10–09:25 Long term outcome and management of myelomeningocele: the importance of the multidisciplinary team
09:25-09:40 Anterior spinal Meningoceles.
09:40-10:00 Cases for discussion of myelomeningocele    
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-13:30 MORNING SESSION 1 (continued) Hall A

OTHER DYSRAPHISMS
10:30-10:50 Genetic syndromes and spinal dysraphisms
10:50-11:05 LDM vs Dermal Sinus. How the differences impact on the clinical practice
11:05-11:20 Lumbosacral Lipomas. Issues and management principles
11:20-12:00 Skull vault tumors: Lumbosacral Lipomas, Why and when I operate
12:00-12:15 How I do it: Lumbosacral Lipomas
12:15-12:25 How I do it: Follow-up of unoperated lumbosacral lipomas
12:25-12:35 Lumbosacral Lipomas rethetering. Diagnosis and management
12:35-12.45 Role of IOM in primary and secondary of surgical management of spinal lipomas
12:45-12:55 Folates supplementation  for prevention of spinal dysraphisms 
12:55-13:30 Dysraphisms Cases for discussion: Diastematomyelia, Neurenteric Cysts
13:30-15:00 Lunch Break
15:00-16:00 AFTERNOON SESSION 1 Hall A

ORBIT AND SKULL
15:00-15:15 Orbit anatomy and orbital tumors
15:15-15:30 Surgical approaches to the orbit
15:30-15:15 Cases for discussion: Benign Skull and scalp lesions. aplasia cutis
15:45-16:00 Cases for discussion Skull vault tumors
16:00-16:15 Cases for discussion encephaloceles
16:15-16:30
Cranial bone defect reconstruction 
16:30-17.00 Coffee Break
17:00-20:00  GROUP SESSIONS 1 Halls A•B•C 
  GROUP A
17:00-18:00 HANDS-ON SESSION I:                               
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material  
Hall B
 18:00-19:00 VIDEO SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall A 
 19:00-20:00 SOLVE A CASE SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall C
  GROUP B
17:00-18:00 SOLVE A CASE SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall C
18:00-19:00
HANDS-ON SESSION I:
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material       
Hall B
 19:00-20:00  VIDEO SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall A
  GROUP C
17:00-18:00 VIDEO SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall A
 18:00-19:00  SOLVE A CASE SESSION I: Spine malformations Hall C
19:00-20:00 HANDS-ON SESSION I:
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material
Hall B
20:30  Dinner
08:00-11:10 MORNING SESSION 2 Hall A

CRANIOVERTEBRAL JUNCTION ANOMALIES AND CHIARI
08:00-08:15 Embryology of CVJ
08:15-08:30 Radiology of CVJ Morphology and dynamics
08:30-08:45 Principles of CVJ stabilization in children
08:45-09:05 CVJ in particular conditions: Enhler Danlos, T21, MPS
09:05-09:10 Discussion
09:10-09:20 Spectrum of Chiari type 1 malformation and its surgical management
09:20-09:30 ICP in CM1
09:30-09:40 Indications for surgery in Chiari type I Malformation, when to operate
09:40-09:50 Chiari type I Malformation, when to not operate
09:50-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30- 10:40 How I do it. Chiari type I Malformation
10:40-11:10
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Follow-up, outcome evaluation and outcome predictors
11:10-13:00 MORNING SESSION 2 (continued) Hall A

VASCULAR
11:10-11:25 Specificities of Vascular Malformations in children
11:25-11:35 AVM and epilepsy
11:35-11:50 Endovascular management of Pediatric Vascular Malformations.
11:50-12:05 Radiosurgery for Brain AVM
12:05-12:15 Indications for surgery in AVMs in children
 12:15-12:30
Principles of AVM surgery in children. Technical pitfalls
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00
AFTERNOON SESSION 2
Hall A

VASCULAR
14:00-14:15 Multimodality AVM management results and complications
14:15-14:30 Moya-Moya
14:30-14:45 Vein of Galen Malformations
14:45-15:00 Cases for discussion: Vascular

Afternoon activities
08:30-10:30 MORNING SESSION 3 Hall A

CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS
08:30 -08:45 Clinical and radiological classification with a focus on neurosurgical issues in non syndromic synostosis
08:45-09:00 Genetics and clinical work-up
09:00 Principles of scaphocephaly surgery
09:15 Principles of anterior skull surgery
09:30 Principles of posterior skull surgery
09:40 Posterior positional plagiocephaly
09:50 Files for discussion: Non-syndromic
10:10 Non-syndromic synostosis, Short term and Long-term complications
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 MORNING SESSION 3 (continued) Hall A

SYNDROMIC CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS
11 Syndromic craniosynostosis. And their neurosurgical aspects
11:15 Maxillofacial and Odontological management of syndromic synostosis
11:30 Syndromic synostosis, Short- term and Long-term complications
11 :45 Neuropsychological results.in syndromic and non-syndromic synostosis
12:00 Files for discussion: Syndromic
12:30-13:45 Lunch Break
13:45-16:00 AFTERNOON SESSION 3 Hall A

SPINE AND SPINAL CORD TUMORS
13:45-14:05 Spinal Tumors Principles of treatment. Sarcomas, chordomas, anevrysmal cysts NSMT
14:05-14:15 Specific issues of Neuroblastomas
14:15-14:35 Cases for discussion: Spinal Tumors
14:35-14:55 Spinal Cord Tumors. Principles of treatment
14:55-15:15 How I do it: Spinal Cord Tumors
15:15-15:30 Cauda Equina tumors
15:30-16:00 Cases for discussion: Spinal cord and cauda equina tumors
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-19:30 GROUP SESSIONS 2 Halls A•B•C 
  GROUP A
16:30-17:30 HANDS-ON SESSION II Hall B
17:30-18:30 SOLVE A CASE SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall C
18:30-19:30
 VIDEO SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall A
  GROUP B
16:30-17:30 VIDEO SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall A
17:30-18:30  HANDS-ON SESSION II Hall B
18:30-19:30  SOLVE A CASE SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall C 
  GROUP C
16:30-17:30 SOLVE A CASE SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall C
17:30-18:30 VIDEO SESSION II:
Craniosynostosis, Skull lesions, Spine and spinal cord tumors
Hall A
18:30-19:30 HANDS-ON SESSION II  Hall B
20:30
Dinner
08:30-10:15 MORNING SESSION 4 Hall A

SELLAR AND SUPRASELLAR TUMORS
08:30-08:40 Radiology of sellar and suprasellar region
 08:40-08:55 Chiasmatic and hypothalamic tumors
08:55-09.15  Optic nerve, chiasmatic and hypothalamic tumors. Message from the oncologist
09:15-09:30 Optic nerve, chiasmatic and hypothalamic tumors. Management strategies
09:30-09:45 Long term results in chiasmatic and hypothalamic tumors
 09:45-10:15 Cases for discussion: Management options
10:15-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:45 MORNING SESSION 4 (continued) Hall A

SELLAR AND SUPRASELLAR TUMORS (continued)
11:00-11:20 Craniopharyngiomas: Management options
11:20-11:30 Recurrent craniopharyngiomas. Ectopic and non ectopic
11:30-11:45 Craniopharyngiomas Long term results
11:45-12:05 Cases for discussion
12:05-12:20 Pituitary tumors in children. Specificities of pediatric population
12:20-12:45 Pituitary stalk lesions. Tumoral vs non tumoral
12:45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:15 AFTERNOON SESSION 4 Hall A

TECHNICAL SURGICAL NOTES
 14:00-14:15  Subfrontal interhemispheric. When and How to do it
 14:15-14:30  Pterional approaches. When and How to do it
 14:30-14:45  Transfrontal and transcallosal approaches
 14:45-15:00  How to do it. Endonasal approach
 15:00-15:15  Intraventricular endoscopic approach. When and How to do it
 15:15-15:30  Break
15:30-18:30 GROUP SESSIONS 3 Halls A•B•C

GROUP A 
15:30-16:30 HANDS-ON SESSION III:                                
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material  
Hall B
16:30-17:30 VIDEO SESSION III: Midline Tumors Hall A
 17:30-18:30  SOLVE A CASE SESSION III: Midline Tumors Hall C

GROUP B 
15:30-16:30 VIDEO SESSION III: Midline Tumors Hall A
16:30-17:30 SOLVE A CASE SESSION III: Midline Tumors Hall C
 17:30-18:30 HANDS-ON SESSION III:
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material 
Hall B

GROUP C
15:30-16:30 SOLVE A CASE SESSION III: Midline Tumors
Hall C
 16:30-17:30 HANDS-ON SESSION III:
From conception to the patient: How to develop an innovative material
Hall B
 17:30-18:30  VIDEO SESSION III: Midline Tumors Hall A
18:30-19:30 FINAL SESSION
EVALUATION SESSION

Hall A 
20:00
Farewell Dinner