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ESSFN - European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

In history neurosurgery, as a specialty, evolved from experimental neurology. Stereotaxy, as a technology, has been in the hands of experimental neurosurgeons for about 40 years, from its introduction by Clarke and Horsley in 1908 to 1947.

The stereotactic method became by then, a surgical technique to treat patients with functional disorders, like pain, epilepsy and movement disorders.

The term "Applied neuro-physiology" was introduced and stereotactic neurosurgeons actually behaved and were seen as subspecialists.

With the tremendous progress in neuro-imaging, however, scanning techniques made lesions inside the brain visible and therefore apt to stereotactic localization with high accuracy. Applied neurophysiology by then extended to both stereotactic functional and stereotactic nonfunctional neurosurgery, apart from non-stereotactic functional surgery. The sterotactic method evolved into a sophisticated methodology, that in the last decade has become the real backbone of clinical neurosurgery. In particular, thanks to the computerized 3-D imaging possibilities and the development of frameless stereotactic surgery, later coined as neuronavigation, neurosurgeons all over the world will incorporate stereotactic methodology and thus stereotactic surgical handling of tissue into their daily surgical practice. From this the ESSFN has learned, that its position is in the centre of the field and that its members should be well aware of these consequences in their daily cooperation with both neurosurgical colleagues and colleagues from other specialties. Other specialties which have close connections with stereotactic neurosurgery and thus should collaborate with us both scientifically and in daily patient care are listed below. The ESSFN propagates actively to increase mutual interest and respect regarding the care of patients, who suffer from disease that is to be treated in close cooperation with other specialties.

first international
congress on treatment of DYSTONIA 2010
Hannover - GERMANY

Dear colleagues, dystonias are amongst the most common movement disorders. Botulinum toxin therapy and deep brain stimulation have revolutionized their therapy. However, there are huge unmet therapeutical needs. With this meeting we want to advance existent therapies, improve their differential use and stimulate research in new therapeutic approaches. We hope that this meeting will serve as an open platform for all of us who collaborate to improve the future of patients with dystonias.
Eckart Altenmüller
Dirk Dressler
Joachim K. Krauss


60th Anniversary of Stereotaxy in Freiburg
70th birthday of Christoph Ostertag
Anniversary Congress under the auspices of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN)
November 26 - 27, 2010
Freiburg, Germany

Dear Colleagues,
It is a pleasure for us to cordially invite you to the forthcoming International Congress on the 60th Anniversary of Stereotaxy in Freiburg, Germany which will be held under the auspices of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN). This congress will be held in honour of Prof. Christoph Ostertag´s 70th birthday. Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery has a long tradition in Freiburg and has evolved over four generations of chairmen from its first operations towards all modern aspects of functional and molecular neurosurgery. The scientific programme will encompass this fascinating journey through the past 60 years with a highly stimulating mixture of historic facts, present developments and future concepts dedicated towards the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the human brain. This meeting will offer you a very stimulating environment where many internationally recognised neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroscientists will present their contributions to the field of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. We are looking forward to your active participation. In addition to the scientific programme, the social programme and the picturesque as well as historic settings of Freiburg will add memorable experiences with both professional and personal highlights.
I am looking forward to welcoming you in 2010 here in Freiburg!
With best wishes, Guido Nikkhah


D. Andries Bosch Amsterdam, The Netherlands d.a.bosch@amc.uva.nl President
Giovanni Broggi Milano, Italy broggig.st@tin.it Vice President
Joachim K. Krauss Hannover, Germany krauss.joachim@mh-hannover.de First Secretary
Jean-Guy Villemure Lausanne, Switzerland Jean-Guy.Villemure@chuv.hospvd.ch Second Secretary
Yves Lazorthes Toulouse, France Ylazorth@www.cict.fr Treasurer

Honorary Presidents
F. John Gillingham
Fritz Mundinger
Gian Franco Rossi
Björn A. Meyerson
Christoph B. Ostertag
David G. T. Thomas
D. Andries Bosch

President: Yves Lazorthes
Toulouse, France

Vice President: Giovanni Broggi
Milano, Italy

Secretary: Joachim K. Krauss
Hannover, Germany
Secretary: Damianos Sakas, Greece
Bart Nuttin
, Belgium
François Alesch Vienna, Austria
Tipu Aziz Oxford, U.K.
Jocelyne Bloch Lausanne, Switzerland
Serge Blond Lille, France
Jean Ciurea Bucharest, Romanea
Miroslav Galanda Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
A. Gonçalves-Ferreira Lisbon, Portugal
Marek Harat Bydgoszcz, Poland
Bengt Linderoth Stockholm, Sweden
Roman Liscák Prague, Czech Rep.
Ruby Mahesparan Bergen, Norway
Miguel Manrique Pamplona, Spain
Ioannis Panourias Larissa, Greece
Dirk van Roost Gent, Belgium
Ali Savas Ankara, Turkey
Scerrati Ancona, Italy
Vladimir Shabalov Moscow, Russia
Michiel J. Staal Groningen, The Netherlands
Juho Tuominen Oulu, Finland
Jürgen Voges Magdeburg, Germany
Website: www.essfn.org
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