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NSA 2013: Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting

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Title: NSA 2013: Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting
Specialty: , General Surgery, Neurology
Dates: From Oct, 3, 2013 to Oct, 5, 2013
Location: Sunshine coast, AUSTRALIA
Type: Meeting
Registration Cost: From 150 to 1025 AUD
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Professor Paolo Cappabianca (Italy)
Professor Cappabianca is the Professor and Chairman of
Neurological Surgery at the Università degli Studi di Napoli
Federico II, Napoli, Italy. Since 2009 to present he holds the
position of Chairman of the Neuroendoscopy Committee
of the WFNS.
Professor Cappabianca is a Visiting Professor at the following International
Institutions: University of Virginia (UVA) Health System, University of California at
Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), University
of Maastricht, Mount Sinai Medical Center at New York, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center (UPMC), Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität at Frankfurt, William
Cone Lecture at the McGill University of Montreal, Brigham and Womens’ Hospital
in Boston, University of Milan, Keio University (Japan), Ginde Oration Award at
Mumbai Hospital, Penn University at Philadelphia and University of Belgrade
School of Medicine.
He is a Member of several International scientific Societies including the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons
(CNS), European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO), European Association
of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS), Pituitary Society and the Society of University
Neurosurgeons (SUN).
Professor Cappabianca is an International Advisory Board Member of ACTA
Neurochirurgica, Journal of Neuroendoscopy, Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology
International, World Neurosurgery and Brasilian Archives of Neurosurgery. He is an
ad hoc reviewer of the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, Clinical Neurology
and Neurosurgery, Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Endocrinology and Neurosurgical Review.
Professor Cappabianca is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in
international journals. His major fields of interest are pituitary tumors, skull base
surgery, endoscopy, brain tumors, anatomical research and new technologies in
Professor Mark Cook (Melbourne)
Currently Chair of Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Professor
Cook specialises in the treatment of epilepsy and his previous
role was also at St Vincent’s as Professor and Director of
Neurology. He is recognised internationally for his expertise in
epilepsy management, particularly imaging and surgical planning.
After completing specialist training in Melbourne, he undertook an MD thesis while
working as Brain Research Fellow at Queen Square, London. He returned to St.
Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne to continue his interest in neuroimaging in epilepsy.
Under his directorship, both the research and clinical components of the Neurology
Department at St Vincent’s have been significantly enlarged. Currently one of the
largest units in Australia for the surgical treatment of epilepsy, this was a direct
extension of work he began in London, where he developed techniques for the
accurate measurement of hippocampal volumes, and established their position in
non-invasive assessment of surgical candidates. More recently his interests have
included experimental models of epilepsy and seizure prediction.
Dr Spiros Fourlanos (Melbourne)
Dr Spiros Fourlanos is a consultant endocrinologist at the
Royal Melbourne Hospital. He graduated in Medicine at the
University of Melbourne in 1995, underwent physician training
at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, became a Fellow of the Royal
Australasian College of Physicians in 2002 and completed a
PhD on the characterisation of ‘Latent Autoimmune Diabetes
in Adults (LADA)’ at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in
2006. Spiros’ has broad clinical and research interests including the fields of
autoimmune diabetes, vitamin D, obesity and developing new models of care for
hospital inpatients with diabetes. He also works in the long standing combined
Endocrinology and Neuro-Pituitary Clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and
has recently contributed to the development of a national pituitary database
coordinated by Professors Peter Colman, David Torpy and Warrick Inder.
Associate Professor Jorge Alvaro Gonzalez-Martinez
Associate Professor Jorge Gonzalez Martinez MD PhD FAANS is
a staff neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center and
director of the epilepsy surgery fellowship program at the same
institution. He earned his medical degree from University of Sao
Paulo, Brazil in 1994 and completed residency and fellowship
training in neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
Cleveland, USA in 2008. He is the author and co-author of more than 50 peerreviewed articles and book chapters related to epilepsy surgery and methods of
invasive monitoring for adult and pediatric patients with medically refractory epilepsy.
Dr Simon Harvey (Melbourne)
Dr Simon Harvey is Director of the Children’s Epilepsy Program
at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is an honorary
research fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Murdoch
Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne.
Dr Harvey is a Past President of the Epilepsy Society of Australia
and has worked on the ILAE Sub-Commissions of Paediatric
Epilepsy Surgery and Neuroimaging, the ILAE Asian Epilepsy Academy, and
the ILAE Commission on Asian and Oceanian Affairs. Dr Harvey’s clinical and
research interests include childhood epilepsy, EEG, MRI, functional MRI and
epilepsy surgery, areas in which he has over 100 publications. Dr Harvey has a
large experience with the surgical treatment of uncontrolled epilepsy in children,
especially in temporal lobe epilepsy, hypothalamic hamartomas and tuberous
sclerosis. Dr Harvey has no disclosures.
Professor Geoffrey T. Manley (USA)
Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD is the Chief of Neurosurgery at
San Francisco General Hospital and Professor and Vice Chairman
of Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco
(UCSF). He also co-directs the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury
Center. He is a trauma neurosurgeon with clinical interests in
brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurocritical critical care. His
translational research interests span from the laboratory to the bedside. Dr Manley
is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Cornell University
Medical College, where he earned his medical degree as well as his doctorate
degree in Neuroscience. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at UCSF and
a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics. Dr Manley is also a faculty
member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and the UCSF
Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics.
Dr Manley is an internationally recognised expert in neurotrauma. He has published
over 150 manuscripts that reflect a wide range of research interests from molecular
aspects of brain injury to the clinical care of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients.
He has helped to define new molecular mechanisms and develop advanced
neuromonitoring and informatics tools for TBI. He is currently leading national and
international efforts to create a modern knowledge warehouse that integrates
clinical, imaging, proteomic, genomic, and outcome biomarkers of TBI to drive
the development of a new TBI classification system. As demonstrated in other
diseases, a more precise classification of TBI could revolutionize diagnosis, direct
patient-specific treatment, and improve outcome. His many honors include the
General Motors Trauma Research Award and the Trauma Research Award from the
American College of Surgeons. He has served as a Consultant for the Prehospital
Guidelines Committee for the World Health Organization and on a number of
committees for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Ms Rachael Miller (Brisbane)
Rachael Miller is a graduate of the University of Queensland
(BA, LLB(Hons)). She commenced practice as a solicitor of the
Supreme Court of Queensland in 1987 and has been a partner at
Quinlan Miller & Treston since 1998. Rachael is a Queensland
Law Society (QLS) Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law
and a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of
Insurance & Finance. She served as a member of the QLS Continuing Professional
Development Committee between 2005 and 2011 and as a member of the QLS
Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee between 1998 and
2003. She has been a member of the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board since
2006 and a Councillor of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the state
of Queensland since 2007. Rachael has practiced almost exclusively in the field
of insurance law with a particular emphasis on personal injuries claims since her
admission in 1987.
Professor Ingrid Scheffer (Melbourne)
Eccles Lecturer
Professor Scheffer is the Chair of Paediatric Neurology Research
in the Departments of Medicine and Paediatrics at the University
of Melbourne, Austin Health and Royal Children’s Hospital,
Melbourne. She holds the position of Senior Principal Research
Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
and is the Director of Paediatrics at Austin Health in Melbourne.
Professor Scheffer is a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist at the University
of Melbourne. Her work together with Professor Sam Berkovic and collaborating
molecular geneticists has led the field of epilepsy genetics research over the last
21 years. This collaboration resulted in identification of the first epilepsy gene and
more than half of the genes currently known. Professor Scheffer has described
many novel epilepsy syndromes and continues to work on genotype–phenotype
correlation. Professor Scheffer’s research interests include genetics of epilepsy,
epilepsy syndrome classification, and genetics of autism spectrum disorders and
speech and language disorders. She was awarded the 2007 American Epilepsy
Society Clinical Research Recognition Award, the 2009 Eric Susman Prize from
the Royal Australasian College Of Physicians and the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women
in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for 2012. Professor Scheffer is
currently Chair of the International League Against Epilepsy Commission for
Classification and Terminology.
Professor Robert Vink (Adelaide)
Professor Vink was awarded his BSc (Hons) and PhD at Griffith
University, Brisbane. After a postdoctoral fellowship and then
an assistant professorship in the Neurology Department of the
University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), he accepted a
Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship at James Cook University (JCU) in
Townsville, North Queensland. At the conclusion of his research
fellowship, he accepted an academic appointment at JCU, and was promoted to
senior lecturer and then Associate Professor and Head of Department of Physiology
and Pharmacology. Following a period of sabbatical research as an Adjunct
Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC, he joined the Department
of Pathology at the University of Adelaide and was subsequently appointed to
the NRF Chair of Neurosurgical Research and as the Head of School of Medical
Sciences. His research has focussed on the recognition of secondary injury factors
following injury to the central nervous system, and the development of novel
pharmacotherapies that improve functional outcome. He is particularly noted for
his characterisation of the role of magnesium in traumatic brain injury, for which he
was awarded a DSc (Adelaide) in 2012. More recently, he has been characterising
the role of substance P in acute and chronic brain injury, particularly its role in
brain oedema, the development of elevated intracranial pressure and in chronic
traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Dr Michael Y. Wang (USA)
Dr Wang was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and spent his childhood
in Atlanta, Georgia. He then attended Stanford University in
Palo Alto, California where he received both his B.S. and M.D.
degrees. He completed his residency at the University
of Southern California/LA County general Hospital and went
on to become the Spine Program Director and Spine Fellowship
Director at the USC. In 2007 he moved to South Florida and currently serves as a
Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.
Dr Wang has been an advocate for neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons.
He was elected to the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Executive Committee in 2003,
and in the AANS he has served as Local Host, on the Member Benefits Committee,
the Joint Sponsorship Committee, and the AANS Development Committee. In the
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves he has
served as Chair of the Publications, Education, Fellowship, and Exhibits Committees
and is the current Scientific Program Chair. He is also the Membership Chair
of the Congress of Neurosurgeons. Dr Wang serves on several editorial review
boards, including Neurosurgery, The Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques,
World Neurosurgery, Acta Neurochirurgica, Spinal Cord, the Journal of Spinal Cord
Medicine, and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.
Dr Wang’s research and clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal surgery,
intradural spinal surgery, spinal deformity, clinical outcomes and trials, and spinal
cord injury.
Professor Peter Wormald (Adelaide)
Professor PJ Wormald is chairman of the Department of
Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at The University of
Adelaide. He is currently recognised as a world leader in
Sino-Nasal Disorders, FESS, and endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery.
His medical practice and research interests are devoted to
rhinology and skull base surgery and include the role of the
immune system, biofilms in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis and new
techniques in skull base surgery. He is also involved in development of new clinical
treatments and surgery for sino-nasal disorders. He has developed an animal model
for eosinophilic sinusitis and an animal model of large vascular injury to train
surgeons who perform endoscopic skull base surgery.
Professor Wormald is frequently an invited key-note speaker to medical
conferences on Sino-Nasal Disorders and Endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery. He has
authored 9 books, 24 chapters, and over 270 peer-reviewed articles. In 2005, he
authored a best-selling textbook on FESS - Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - Anatomy,
3-D Reconstruction, and Surgical Technique (translated into multiple languages)
and has authored a 2nd & 3rd Edition of this book. He has particular teaching
interests in the Anatomy of the Sinuses, Frontal Sinus Surgery, and endoscopic
Skull-Base Surgery


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The Peter Leech Memorial Prize is the most prestigious research
award for neurosurgical trainees in Australasia offered by the NSA
and is highly sought after. The value of the Prize will be up to $5,000
for economy airfares and expenses associated with attending an
Australasian or international neurosurgical meeting. Entrants for the
Prize must be registered in the RACS Surgical Education and Training
Program in Neurosurgery

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