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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.

 

GEORGE SAMANDOURAS

 

CONSULTANT NEUROSURGEON

THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY

AND NEUROSURGERY

QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON, UK

GUILHERME RIBAS

 

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.

ANDREW MCEVOY

 

CONSULTANT NEUROSURGEON

THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY

AND NEUROSURGERY

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

Mr Thorne is the surgical lead for Neuro-Oncology at Queen Square.  He was an early adopter of multidisciplinary working, running a joint neuro-oncology clinic with a chemo-radiation oncologist from the start of his consultant career.  This has given him a deep understanding of patient outcomes, reflected in his surgical approach and research.  He introduced awake surgery and fluorescence-guided resection to the Neurosurgery Department of The Royal Free Hospital .  Since moving to Queen Square he has included MRI guided surgery into his surgical armoury.  He has produced the first, validated, grading scale for predicting surgical success in glioblastoma, and has pioneered qualitative studies of the entire decision-making process for patients with brain cancer.  He is a member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, The British Neuro-Oncology Society, and The European Low Grade Glioma Network.  He has a life long commitment to surgical education and has run his own series of neurosurgery seminars in London for the last ten years. 

LEWIS THORNE

 

CONSULTANT NEUROSURGEON

THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL FOR NEUROLOGY

AND NEUROSURGERY

QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON, UK

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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. 

KEVIN O'NEIL

 

CONSULTANT NEUROSURGEON

CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL

IMPERIAL COLLEGE NHS TRUST

LONDON, UK

 

CATHY PRICE

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.

MATTHEW GLASSER

 

CO-INVESTIGATOR

HUMAN CONNECTOME PROJECT

RESIDENT PHYSICIAN, NEURORADIOLOGY 

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST LOUIS, USA

Since 2005, Dr Glasser’s brain imaging research has focused on non-invasive neuroanatomy and brain imaging methods development, and he has authored or coauthored 57 peer-reviewed articles.  In 2016, Dr. Glasser and his colleagues in the Human Connectome Project published a new map of human cortical areas that was featured on the cover of Nature and the front page of the New York Times.  He is also known for his work on reconstructing the arcuate fasciculus with diffusion tractography, developing a technique for noninvasively mapping myelin content in the cortical grey matter based on the ratio of T1-weighted / T2-weighted MRI images, and leading the development of the brain imaging analysis software pipelines of the Human Connectome Project.  His current work focuses on validation of non-invasive measures of brain connectivity in non-human primate models and translating the advances in brain imaging acquisition and analysis made by the Human Connectome Project to clinical practice as well as increasing their adoption within the research community.

Professor Svenja Caspers is working in the field of systems neuroscience, with a particular focus on the brain’s connectivity architecture in relation to its structure and function. For this, she combines state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques, e.g. diffusion and resting-state magnetic resonance imaging, in-vivo and post-mortem, respectively, with high-resolution microscopic techniques for a multi-level understanding of the fibre anatomy of the brain. A particular focus of her research is the variability of structure, function and connectivity in the ageing brain in relation to environmental and genetic influences, investigated in large population-based cohorts such as 1000BRAINS and the German National Cohort. At the same time, she is deputy director and working group leader “Connectivity” at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) of the Research Centre Jülich (Germany). She has around 50 publications and several book chapters and received several awards, among them the Young Investigator Award of the Anatomical Society. From 2013 to 2015, she was appointed a member of the Young Seminar of the Northrhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Germany).

SVENJA CASPERS

 

HEAD, INSTITUTE FOR ANATOMY 

HEINRICH HEINE UNIVERSITY DUSSELDORF

HEAD, "CONNECTIVITY GROUP”

INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE AND MEDICINE RESEARCH CENTRE JULICH, GERMANY

HEIDI JOHANSEN-BERG

 

DIRECTOR, WELLCOME CENTRE FOR INTEGRATIVE NEUROIMAGING

NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Professor Johansen-Berg is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. She heads the Plasticity Group at FMRIB, and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), a multi-disciplinary facility focusing on the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for neuroscience research, along with related technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, MEG and EEG.

 

Her research focuses on how the brain changes with learning, experience, and damage.  As well as shedding light on how the healthy brain responds to change, their work also has implications for understanding and treating disease. For example, her group are testing new methods for rehabilitation after stroke and they are assessing whether taking up exercise could slow the effects of age on the brain.

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 is President of the International Federation of Anatomy Associations World Congress of Anatomy to be held in London in August 2019.

D. CERI DAVIES

 

PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK

PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ANATOMY ASSOCIATIONS, WORLD CONGRESS OF ANATOMY (2019)