Executive Board

Chairman: Ricardo Santos de Oliveira

Scientific Commitee Latin American
Ricardo Santos de Oliveira
Jose Francisco Salomão
Graciella Zuccaro

Frederico Di Rocco (ESPN)
James Tait Goodrich (ISPN / USA)
Wan Teow Seow (ISPN)
Concezio Di Rocco (ESPN / ISPN)

Secretary: Marcelo Volpon Santos

Supported by

Capítulo de neurocirugia pediatrica FLANC




Welcome Latin-American course in Pediatric Neurosurgery

The aim of this course is to promote the development of pediatric neurosurgery through the education and training of residents and practicing neurosurgeons.
The enduring success of the European Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery, established 32 years ago by Maurice Choux, Concezio Di Rocco, and Karl Hovind, who organized it for the first time in Marseille, France in 1986, has motivated the propagation of similar courses in the Americas and Asia- Pacific regions.
This project was strongly encouraged and endorsed by the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS), International Pediatric Neurosurgery Society (ISPN), Chapter of Pediatric Neurosurgery from Latin American Society (FLANC) European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN), and the local pediatric institutions and leaders.
Designed to cover the major fields in pediatric neurosur- gery, the scientific program is divided into annual courses over a 3-year cycle, with each annual course based on a 4-day program divided in morning sessions comprising lectures and case discussions, as well as afternoon sessions with lectures, videos, “hands-on”, and “solve a case” sessions.
During the course, a transfer of expertise between teachers, regarded as leading experts in their scientific field, and trainees is actively promoted and encouraged. The atmosphere of this course is informal and the number of trainees is thus limited in order to further promote open discussions and the development of collegiality relationships.
An official certificate of completion is awarded to those who attend the full cycle of courses.
The Latin-American course is held in March/April, the European in May/June, and the Asian-Pacific in October/November.


Clash of Titans
Place: Dom Pedro Laguna Beach Resort & Golf, Fortaleza - Ceará -Brazil
Chairs: Ricardo Oliveira (Riberão Preto, Brazil)
Federico Di Rocco (Lyon, France)

About the Course:

The aim of the course is to favor the development of pediatric neurosurgery in Latin America. The scientific program, which is divided in 3 biennial courses, will cover the whole field of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Each course is based on a four days program. During this period, teachers, selected among the leading experts in the field, and the trainees will have an open exchange, while sharing the same hotel accommodation. The success of the course will depend on your lively and active participation, which we kindly request from you. (see full program in the next weeks)

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    CSF imaging
    Alternative to shunts
    Shunt technology
    Shunt infection
    Shunt malfunction
    Specific aetiologies of hydrocephalus
        -intraventricular haemorrhage
        -postinfectious hydrocephalus



    Supratentorial cysts
    Posterior fossa cysts and Dandy Walker


Posterior fossa tumours

    Cerebellar astrocytomas
    Benign brainstem tumours
    Malignant brainstem tumours
    Trends in neuro-oncology


How I do it - surgical techniques
    Implantation of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt
    Ventriculo-atrial shunts
    Lumbo-peritoneal shunts
    External CSF drainage
    Endoscopic third ventriculostomy
    Posterior fossa surgery
    Midline approaches to the posterior fossa
    Lateral approaches to the posterior fossa
    Approaches to the brainstem

Solve a case

Video sessions

Hands on - Neuroendoscopy / ICP monitoring /
Cranial implants
Trainee Presentation

Spine Disease / Congenital anomalies
    Spinal lipomas
    Craniocervical junction abnormalities
    Chiari I and Syringomyelia
    Spinal tumors
Spinal deformities
Midline tumours
    Anatomy of the sellar and suprasellar region
    Optic nerve and chiasmatic hypothalamic
    Skull Base tumors
    Fibrous dysplasia
    Orbital lesions
Vascular Malformations
    Vascular abnormalities in children
    Arteriovenous malformations

Craniofacial abnormalities

    Craniosinostosis - classification, diagnosis and
    Anterior and posterior plagiocephaly
    Syndromic craniostenoses
    CNS consequences of craniostenoses
    Bloodsaving in craniostensoses
How I do it - surgical techniques
    Surgery of spinal lipomas
    Surgery of the craniocervical junction
    Bone defect reconstruction
    Suprasellar approaches - frontal
    Suprasellar approaches - pterional
    Transpshenoidal approaches
    Approaches to the orbit
    Principles of AVM surgery
    Skull remodelling / facial advancement
Solve a case
Video session

Supratentorial Tumors
Advanced neuroradiology
    Anatomy of the cerebral hemispheres
    Pathology of supratentorial tumours
    Benign hemispheric tumours
    Malignant hemispheric tumours
    Rare tumours
    Basal ganglia tumours
    Intraventricular tumours
    Pineal tumours
Epilepsy Surgery
    Indications and selection criteria
    Hemispheric lesions
Insular tumors
Cortical dysplasia
    Spasticity - medical management
    Spasticity - surgical management
    Spasticity - neurosurgical management
    Parasitic infections
    Post-operative infections

How I do it - surgical techniques
    Skin, bone and dura
    Supratentorial intraventricular approaches
    Image guided surgery
    Surgery in functional areas
    Invasive recordings
    Surgery in functional areas
    Spasticity surgery
Head trauma / shaking baby syndrome
Spine trauma

Solve a case
Video session
Hands on - Spasticity Pumps / Shunts / cranial
implants / neuronavigation / advanced surgical
Trainee Presentation
Hands on - Motors / Spinal Implants / Cranial
Trainee presentation