Dear colleagues, dear friends, dear citizens
The XXIII congress of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 26-29, 2018, at The Royal College of Surgeons, a venue with over 500 years of rich surgical history.
The First Congress of the ESSFN was held in 1972 in Edinburgh. The 2018 congress will be the first ESSFN meeting jointly organised by neurosurgeons (Ludvic Zrinzo and Marwan Hariz from The National Hospital, Queen Square, London) and a psychiatrist, (Keith Matthews, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Dundee, Scotland). Hence, one of the main meeting topics will be neurosurgical approaches for psychiatric disorders. Leading neuroscientists, psychiatrists and neurosurgeons will be invited to discuss and debate the place of surgery in the treatment of depression, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, anorexia nervosa and other mental disorders.
Pain, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders will also be major topics with discussion of the latest advances in clinical management, technology and scientific research. The ESSFN congress will also highlight non-stereotactic functional surgery in epilepsy, pain, spasticity and other conditions, as well as stereotactic non-functional neurosurgery for brain tumours, radiosurgery, and other stereotactic therapies.
The year 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of Victor Horsley´s and Robert Henry Clarke’s publication on the stereotaxic method, and the 25th anniversary of STN DBS. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Parkinson´s Disease Symposium at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, organised by John Gillingham, one of the pioneers of British Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and co-founder of the ESSFN in 1970. At that symposium, Robert Schwab presented the now famous Schwab and England ADL scale; Margaret Hoehn and Melvin Yahr described the evaluation of Parkinson’s Disease patients after surgery; and the first rudimentary “DBS” procedures targeting two brain areas for tremor, the Vim and the subthalamic area, was presented.
For the culturally interested, Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland and centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, offers many delights from its internationally renowned Festivals, its many Galleries, its imperious Castle and its fine food and drink. Sampling haggis and whisky may be optional, but it is essential.
We hope that the XXIII Congress of the ESSFN will provide intellectual stimulation and unforgettable memories of scientific, neurosurgical, psychiatric, cultural, culinary and social excellence.
Welcome to Edinburgh in September 2018
The organizing committee