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New neurosurgical journal with Open Access

We are happy to note that there is an increasing number of neurosurgical journals with open access. We recently found out about Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery. According to their website, the journal publishes English original research studies, reviews and case reports in all aspects of modern neurosurgery.

We have included this journal in our list of neurosurgical journal which can be found here and the journal can be found here.

Winner of new book about Severe Traumatic Brain Injury


Congratulations to Dr. Samir Garayev, Neurosurgical Hospital, Baku, Azerbaijan. He is the winner of a copy of the new book titled Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Evidence, Tricks, and Pitfalls (T.Sundstrom, P.O.Grände, N.Juul, C.Kock-Jensen, B.Romner, K.Wester, eds).

Read more about the book here.



InSightec´s Transcranial Focused Ultrasound received CE mark

InSightec, Tirat Carmel, announced in a press release that its transcranial focused ultrasound system, ExAblate® Neuro, has been awarded the European CE mark for the treatment of neurological disorders in the brain including essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and neuropathic pain.

ExAblate® Neuro offers a non-invasive treatment with no ionizing radiation, which treats tissue deep in the brain through an intact skull. MR guided Focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) combines therapeutic acoustic ultrasound waves with continuous MRI guidance.


Read more on Medgadget.

Read more in Press Release.




Concussion: Pathology and Sequelae

Concussion: Pathology and Sequelae is the theme in the the December issue of Neurosurgical Focus, 2013. All articles in Neurosurgical Focus are free and can be found here.


Virtual Learning iPad app for EVD

Advanced Medical Imaging and Visualization Unit at Bangor University, Wales, has developed a surgical training tool for the iPad tablet called  ‘VCath’, designed to take a neurosurgical trainee through the steps of positioning and inserting a external ventricular drainage into the brain of a virtual 3D patient.

The Ipad app is available for free.

This tool will soon undergo a validation study on the effectiveness of VCath as a training tool. This will be in collaboration with the neurosurgery departments at theLeeds General Infirmary, and Wales University Hospital, Cardiff.

Read more in Press Release: http://medical-imaging.org.uk/PDF/VCath%20Online%20PDF.pdf

Download for free here (Itunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vcath/id568887198?ls=1&mt=8





Neurosurgical Rehearsal Platform

Surgical Theater, LLC, announced in October, 2012, the allowance of a United States patent that covers transforming any given patient's own static CT and MR images into a realistic, interactive, 3D computer-based model of that patient.

This first Surgical Rehearsal Platform allows surgeons to plan and rehearse microsurgical techniques for clipping intracranial aneurysms and extracting brain tumors. Using standard scanned images from any patient, the Platform generates 3D images that enable the accurate modeling of interactions between life-like tissue and surgical instruments. The tissue responds "naturally" to actions taken by the surgeon, thus allowing accurate pre-surgery planning and rehearsal.

Read more on http://www.surgicaltheater.net


Dr. Lozano receives the Olivecrona medal 2012


Each year, the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, honors an international neurosurgeon for his or her contribution to brain and spinal cord surgery or research. Professor Herbert Olivecrona (1891-1980) was an internationally renowned neurosurgeon who is credited as being the father of modern neurosurgery in Sweden. He was professor of neurosurgery at the Karolinska Institute from 1935 to 1960.


Dr. Lozano is the Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds both the RR Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience. He has an active laboratory dedicated to the study of neurodegeneration and functional neurosurgery.


Dr. Lozano is best known for his work in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). His team has obtained direct recordings of single neurons to map out cortical and subcortical structures in the human brain. He and his colleagues have pioneered DBS in the treatment of a number of disorders including depression, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


The Olivecrona Award includes an invitation to the Laureate to deliver the Olivecrona Lecture at the Olivecrona Symposium held at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm on December 7, 2012, which is followed by a gala dinner. The Laureate receives the Olivecrona Medal and Diploma.


Read more on http://www.olivecrona.eu


Impact factors of neurosurgical journals updated

The list of impact factors for neurosurgical journals has been updated. The top three neurosurgical journals according to impact factor are now:

1. Journal of Neurosurgery

2. Neurosurgical Focus

3. Neurosurgery

The impact factor is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal and is often used the measure the relative importance of a journal within its field (Wikipedia).

The list of all neurosurgical journals with impact factors can be found here.


Mazor Renaissance Robotic Surgery Guidance System used for Brain Surgery


Mazor Robotics, from Israel, has announced that the first robot-guided brain surgical procedures using the Mazor Renaissance platform have been successfully performed.

Applications in the brain will be for biopsies, shunt placements and neurostimulation electrode placement such as for deep brain stimulation. In these procedures it will be an alternative to the use of stereotactic frames for navigation.


According to the company, the robot’s precision, simplicity and safety profile have the potential to increase patient comfort, improve surgical accuracy and provide a less invasive approach, as well as potentially increase utilization of the installed base.


Read more on Medgadget.

Read more about Renaissance.


Blogs for neurosurgeons

Pereira et al. have written an interesting paper called Blogs for neurosurgeons. The paper is published in Surgical Neurology International and is available for free here.

If you are interested in Blogging you are very welcome to publish your Blog on NEUROSURGIC. It is very easy:

- Login to NEUROSURGIC (Not a member - register here)

- After login; click on My Blog Dashboard in the Member Menu to the right.

- Click on Write New Entry.

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Pereira JLB et al. Surg Neurol Int 2012;3:62


Winner of free registration to course in Neurosurgical Oncology

Congratulations to Dr. Malinka Rambadagalla from Sri Lanka, currently a final-year resident in neurosurgery in Latvia. He is the winner in our contest for free registration to the course “Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgical Oncology” in London, Jul 7-8, 2012.

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