white matter surgery
& brain mapping
George Samandouras trained in Neurosurgery in Oxford receiving numerous teaching awards from the University of Oxford before becoming Consultant Neurosurgeon in November 2009 at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, the world's first institution specializing in brain pathologies. He runs a neuro-oncology service with high volume awake craniotomies and resection of gliomas in eloquent parts of the brain. He is invited annually to present his work to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and other international societies. He is an invited member of the Executive Committee of the AANS/CNS joint section on tumours (2016-2020). His bestselling book "The Neurosurgeon's Handbook", Oxford University Press, has been translated to Chinese in 2015.
THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY
QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON, UK
PROFESSOR OF SURGERY
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO
MEDICAL SCHOOL, SAO PAULO
NEUROSURGEON, ALBERT EINSTEIN HOSPITAL, BRAZIL
Professor Ribas runs a research laboratory at the Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa, focusing on microneurosurgical anatomy and on cranial neurosurgical techniques; he has published more than 50 articles and 40 book chapters. He is a pioneer of stereoscopic publications in neurosurgical journals (Journal of Neurosurgery, December 2001, with its cover illustration), and his lectures are mostly done with 3D techniques since 1995. In 2010 his article The Cerebral Sulci and Gyri was the most accessed article of the whole Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group. He is a member of the editorial staff of the Neurosurgical Focus, Journal of Neurosurgery Video Supplement and reviewer for Neurosurgery, and World Neurosurgery.
THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY
QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON, UK
Andrew McEvoy is a world-leading Consultant Neurosurgeon at The National Hospital for
Neurology and Neurosurgery and Institute of Neurology in London. He has the largest adult epilepsy surgical practice in the UK and leads the surgical arm of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy which is the renowned, preeminent epilepsy research group in Europe. Mr McEvoy performs all surgical therapies for the management of epilepsy such as temporal lobe resections, hemispherectomy, corpus callosotomy, vagal nerve stimulation and gamma knife surgery. He has a number of ongoing research interests
examining the technique of EEG-fMRI, the evaluation of functional deficit following epilepsy surgery resection and imaging of the optic radiation to prevent visual field defects in temporal lobe surgery. He was listed in The Times 2010 top UK doctors for his epilepsy and brain tumour surgery
Michel Thiebaut de Schotten has been in the field of neuroimaging for just about a decade, but he has already established himself as a leader in the field with a solid scientific track record. He has contributed a number of innovative methods and fundamental new discoveries that have important implications for theories of brain structure and function. Hence his work spans the whole gamut from the development of novel methodology to experimental work to theory. Critically, he is dedicating significant effort toward the clinical translation of his neuroscience work through an open model approach that makes his tools freely accessible to the community. He has co-authored with Marco Catani the book "Atlas of Human brain connections" OUP.
MICHEL TIEBAUGHT DE SCHOTTEN
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
BRAIN CONNECTIVITY AND BEHAVIOUR LABORATORY (BCBLAB),
SORBONNE UNIVERSITIES, PARIS, FRANCE
Roger Lemon is currently Emeritus Sobell Professor of Neurophysiology at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology at UCL. He is a past Director of the Institute. He is a Fellow and past Council Member of the Academy of Medical Science. He was awarded the Fyssen Prize in 2015 and is an International Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main research interest is the control of skilled hand movements by the brain and is prompted by the need to understand why hand and finger movements are particularly affected by damage to the cortex, and its major descending pathways. He has a life-long interest in the organisation, electrophysiology and function of the corticospinal tract, and its involvement in stroke, spinal injury or motor neurone disease. He has carried out studies in human volunteers and stroke patients, as well as in purpose-bred non-human primates, since these provide the best available model for the human sensorimotor system controlling the hand.
EMERITUS SOBELL PROFESOR OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
QUEEN SQUARE INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGY, UCL
DIRECTOR, WELLCOME CENTRE FOR HUMAN NEUROIMAGING, LONDON, UK
PROFESSOR OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGY, UCL
Cathy Price's research program aims to establish a functional anatomical model of language that predicts how speech and reading are lost and recovered following neurological damage or developmental delay. The hypothesis is that there are multiple ways that the brain can perform each language task (degeneracy). If this is true, then the effect of damage or developmental delay will depend on whether there is a surviving system available to sustain the task. To dissociate the neuronal systems for the same task, her group uses structural and functional MRI of subjects who vary in their cognitive abilities, demographics and neurological status. This allows them to characterize individual variability in the neuronal networks of neurologically normal populations and to examine how brain damage affects cognitive abilities in patient populations. In particular, her group aims to determine how the impact of damage to one system depends on the integrity of another.
DIRECTOR, COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE PROGRAM
PI NIMH PROJECT AHEAD
CO-I NIDA ADOLESCENT BRAIN AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT (ABCD) STUDY
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, MIAMI, USA
Anthony Dick is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Florida International University. Using diffusion-weighted and functional imaging, Anthony studies the neurobiology of language and executive function. He is specifically interested in how these developing cognitive processes are mutually supported by distributed structural and functional neural networks that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. He primarily uses functional and structural neuroimaging methods in typical and atypical child populations from 4-years to 11-years. His current work as a PI of the NIMH Project AHEAD and a Co-I of the NIDA ABCD study focuses on fiber pathway development in language and executive function networks, with an emphasis on understanding the functional significance of newly identified fiber pathways such as the Frontal Aslant Tract, and historically significant pathways such as the Arcuate Fasciculus. Understanding the structure and function of these pathways contributes to theoretical advances in defining brain function and development, and additionally establishes potential markers of clinical response to treatment of developmental disorders.
THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY
Fion Bremner is a consultant neuro-ophthalmologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in London. One of his main research interests is the development of clinical tests to assist in the diagnosis and management of neurological diseases, including intraoperative perimetry during awake craniotomies. He has lectured in many countries of the world, and is the current President of the European Neuro-Ophthalmological Society (EUNOS). He has published around 100 papers and book chapters.
Mr O’Neill’s focus is on brain tumour research. He heads up the brain tumour clinical service at Imperial College and a centre of excellence translation research programme aimed at developing and testing new treatment strategies. He particularly enjoys the application of science and technology to medicine, utilising new technologies and approaches to solving the complexity of disease states of which brain tumours are one of the most complex.
He is dedicated to research and has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals on many field-related topics.
CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL
IMPERIAL COLLEGE NHS TRUST
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Professor Sotirios Bisdas is renowned clinical Neuroradiologist and prolific researcher in the field of advanced and hybrid imaging techniques for neurological diseases with emphasis on Neurooncology. He is leading the Neurooncology imaging research group at Queen Square and has pioneered the first clinical applications of cutting-edge imaging like MR-PET and ultra-high field MR spectroscopy. Currently, his translational clinical research focus is on chemical exchange transfer saturation MRI, hyperpolarised-MRI, resting-state connectivity and diffusion-weighted MRI biomarkers for white matter integrity and microstructure in gliomas. He has authored more than 140 publications (h-index:39) and has received 6 awards for his innovative work.
& MRI LEAD, THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY
QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON, UK,
PROFESSOR OF RADIOLOGY AND NEURORADIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON & UNIVERSITY OF TUBINGEN, GERMANY.
Dr Christos Koutsarnakis is a Consultant Neurosurgeon with a specialist interest in surgical neuro-oncology, brain mapping and skull base surgery at the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece. He is also head of the micro neurosurgery laboratory and lecturer in Clinical and Experimental Neurosurgery at the University of Athens. He has carried out pioneering work into brain mapping and has authored many international publications. His has an extensive teaching background and has been a regular trainer at the White Matter Dissection Course organized by the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) at the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. He was awarded the first prize for best oral presentation at the 29th Hellenic Neurosurgical Conference for his work on ‘The cerebral isthmus: Definition, fibre tract anatomy and functional considerations’.
HEAD, NEUROANATOMY LAB
UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR NEUROSURGICAL RESEARCH, ATHENS, GREECE
Professor Davies is actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and is a Member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of topics including comparative neuroanatomy, neurodegenerative disease, septic encephalopathy, a number of aspects of clinical anatomy and anatomy education. Professor Davies is a Past President of the Anatomical Society. He is currently President of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences and Inspector of Anatomy for Ireland. He was President of the International Federation of Anatomy Associations World Congress of Anatomy, London, 2019.
D. CERI DAVIES
PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ANATOMY ASSOCIATIONS, WORLD CONGRESS OF ANATOMY (2019)