Q&A with Speakers

Q&A with Speakers

Some of our key speakers reveal more interesting information about their upcoming lecture at ISPN 2018 in Tel Aviv.

Dr. Annie Huang
Learning objectives:
To understand the development in diagnosis and treatment of rare embryonal brain tumors in childrenץ

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
My lecture will highlight how molecular classification can help with diagnostic challenges of rare brain tumors. The audience will appreciate how concerted global efforts has accelerated clinical and biological research for these "orphan diseases".

Prof. Richard G. Ellenbogen
Learning objectives:
The participants will review the indications for surgery of the pineal tumors. They will examine the different trajectories and surgical approaches to resecting these tumors. They will analyze the optimal surgical approach for each patient to achieve the maximal progression-free survival while minimizing complications

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
The importance of endoscopic approaches

Dr. Roger Packer 
Learning objectives:
To inform participants of the new molecular understandings of pediatric low-grade gliomas and how these understandings have already led to more effective molecular-targeted therapies and likely better outcomes. Such interventions will rapidly change the way newly diagnosed patients are being assessed and managed and have resulted in effective ways to avoid potentially damaging surgeries and to delay or obviate the use of radiation therapy or mutagenic chemotherapies

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
New molecular understandings of pediatric low-grade gliomas and how these understandings have already led to new more effective molecularly-based therapies

Prof. Dr. Guilherme Carvalhal Ribas

Learning objectives:
Microneurosurgical Anatomy of the Supratentorial Ventricles, describing their
related neural structures

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
Relevant for supratentorial microneurosurgery

Dr. Eduardo Carvalhal Ribas
Learning objectives:
The anatomy of the posterior fossa will be reviewed, explaining the brainstem, cerebellum and their related vascular and neural structures

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
Understanding the complex anatomy of the posterior fossa is important for pediatric neurosurgeons because it is a common site of brain tumors in the pediatric population

Dr. Thomas E. Merchant
Learning objectives:
Evaluate the current role of proton therapy in the treatment of pediatric patients with primary brain tumors.
Understand the current indications and potential benefits of proton therapy to improve patient selection and prioritization


How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
Intensity-modulated proton therapy is a relatively new radiation treatment modality for children with primary brain tumors and may be used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. Proton therapy has been incorporated in international brain tumors trials that include pediatric patients. Understanding the benefits and risk associated with proton therapy will improve patient selection and prioritization

Prof Di Rocco
Learning objectives:
The current management of craniopharyngiomas based on the radical excision of the tumor and the acceptance of the associated morbidity needs to reconsidered. The participants will be offered a review of alternative approaches that take into account the deliberate partial excision of the tumor, the intracystic injection of antitumoral agents and radiotherapy with the goal of achieving a better quality of life in operated on children, especially in the very young.

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
The importance of a tailored approach

Prof Howard L. Weiner
Learning objectives:
Learners will appreciate the "when" and "how" of pediatric epilepsy surgery, and how these have changed over the years, but will also understand "why" this treatment option should be considered sooner rather than later

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How does your lecture connect to a current "hot topic"?
The field of pediatric epilepsy surgery has grown dramatically over the last 20 years for several reasons. This is very exciting because more children can potentially benefit from surgery than previously were recognized.


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