Today Agenda: Controversies in Neurosurgery 2014

Controversies in Neurosurgery 2014

Date: 20-21 November, 2014

Venue: Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre,

Convention Centre, Ground Floor,
The Royal Melbourne Hospital,
Australia

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Thursday November 20th, 2014

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Function Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

0800 – 0830 WELCOME AND OPENING

0830 – 1100 CONTROVERSIES IN LOW GRADE GLIOMA

  • M Berger – Resection of low grade glioma- what is the “gold-standard”. A surgeon’s opinion
  • TBC – Adjuvant therapy for low grade glioma  – what, when, does anything really work?
  • K Aldape – Molecular classification of brain tumours- how should it change our management?
  • Panel – Case Discussion led by Kate Drummond

Morning Tea 1045 – 1115  

1115 – 1230 CONTROVERSIES IN CHORDOMA AND CHONDROSARCOMA    

  • G Zadeh – Surgery for chordoma and chondrosarcoma- a large institutional experience
  • I Barani – Chordoma and chondrosarcoma- radiation options- is it worthwhile?
  • Panel  – Case Discussion led by Edward Laws

Lunch 1230-1300

1300 – 1400       Combined Session with Royal Melbourne Hospital Grand Rounds
The Peter Petty Memorial Oration- Professor Tiit Mathiesen
“Publish or Perish – Is there something rotten in academia?”   

1400 – 1450 CONTROVERSIES IN BRAIN TUMOUR NEUROSURGERY

  • J Rutka – Management of paediatric brain tumours – an update

Afternoon Tea 1450-1520

1520 – 1700  CONTROVERSIES IN MENINGIOMA

  • G Zadeh – Treatment of atypical and malignant meningioma – the role of surgery
  • R Smee – Treatment of atypical and malignant meningioma – the role of radiotherapy
  • K Drummond – Recurrent haemangiopericytoma – surgery or radiation?
  • Comment from I Barani
  • A Kaye – Extent of resection in skull base meningioma – back to the past
  • Comment from I Barani

AASNS Executive Meeting, 5:15 pm, Seminar Room, Function Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Conference Dinner, 7pm, University House, The University of Melbourne

Dinner Speaker – Prof E R Laws – “Controversies in Neurosurgery – my life”

Friday November 21st, 2014
Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Function Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital


0830 – 1030 CONTROVERSIES IN SPINAL NEUROSURGERY

  • M Wang – How minimal is minimally invasive? MIS vs. open fusion – complications and results
  • G Brazenor – Disc replacement – does it avoid the shortcomings of a fusion?
  • A Morokoff – Neurosurgery for back pain – is it ever worthwhile?
  • M Winder – Recurrent lumbar disc herniation – discectomy vs. fusion?        
  • Discussion        

Morning Tea 1030 – 1100 

1100 – 1230 CONTROVERSIES IN SPINAL NEUROSURGERY

  • M Wang – Stem cells and bone morphogenic protein role in spine surgery – efficacy, risks and cost?
  • P Teddy – Spinal stimulation – when is it ever necessary?
  • M Wong – Surgical strategies for spinal metastases – who and how?
  • J Laidlaw – The unstable cervical spine in the elderly patient
  • Discussion

Lunch 1245 – 1330

1330 – 1545 CONTROVERSIES IN VASCULAR NEUROSURGERY

  • B Misra – The MCA aneurysm – stent, coil or clip?
  • P Mitchell – The MCA aneurysm – stent, coil or clip?
  • T Mathiesen – The Grade 3 AVM- management choices
  • M Morgan – The unruptured aneurysm in the older patient
  • B Misra – Cavernous sinus surgery – is it dead?
  • Discussion

Afternoon Tea 1545-1615

1615 – 1730 MY GREATEST DISASTER

Hear the experts discuss their difficult cases and the lessons they learned

Speakers include:
  • Ed Laws
  • Mitch Berger
  • Jim Rutka
  • Tiit Mathiesen
  • Michael Wang

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