Congress of the ESNR
The European Society of Neuroradiology holds each year a scientific congress at a place and date designated by the Executive Committee. The business meeting (General Assembly) of the Society is held in conjunction with this annual scientific congress. Since its creation in 1969, the ESNR has organised 35 scientific congresses. In recognition of the importance of the Symposium Neuroradiologicum, which is held every four years, no scientific congress of the ESNR is organized in the year of the Symposium.
The Symposium Neuroradiologicum is an international scientific assembly organized by the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies (WFNRS). It was instituted in 1939 and held every four years since that time. The most recent Symposium was held in Bologna, Italy in October 2010, with Prof. Marco Leonardi, presiding over Symposium XIX. The XXth edition of the Symposium Neuroradiologicum will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, September 7-12, 2014 under the presidency of Prof. Turgut Tali.
Past Symposium Neuroradiologicum
The Refresher Course of the ESNR
Preceding the annual congress, a one-day long Refresher Course is offered to the members of the Society each year. This new educational activity of the ESNR, initiated in 1987, is conceived to enhance and increase the clinical and biological background of Neuroradiologists; to refresh pertinent anatomic knowledge and to update recent advances in imaging techniques and in the diagnostic management of neurological as well as head and neck diseases.
Past Refresher Courses
The European Course in Neuroradiology
The European Course in Neuroradiology has been a story of success ever since the first course in Toulouse in 1984. More than 500 young neuroradiologists have completed the cycle of three courses over the past 21 years. The ECNR was conceived as a means to create a common and shared culture, common meeting points and a common standard of knowledge. The form that was adopted and used for the coming 6 cycles, each consisting of three courses, included the major bodies of knowledge as described by the headlines; intracranial nervous system, the spine and spinal cord and the base of the skull, maxillofacial and head and neck neuroradiology.
ECNR – the new concept
The ongoing work within the ESNR, through the established European Board of Neuroradiology, is focused on establishing a European certification in Neuroradiology. This work will initially have to concentrate on the development of European standards of training in neuroradiology. One of the corner stones of such a program is an assessable and lasting common training program. Specialist training in Europe is officially monitored and regulated by UEMS, a Brussels based organisation of representatives for established medical specialities. UEMS defines three arms of specialist training; knowledge, competence and attitude. The mandate of UEMS can be defined as an administrative way of establishing a European certification in a medical speciality, i.e. Neuroradiology. An alternative way of establishing European standards of training in neuroradiology would be using an academic way. An Academic certification can be designed as a Master of Medical Sciences with major in Neuroradiology. Such programs can be established locally, e.g. in Barcelona and Stockholm. Although academic Master programs may have a very high standard of training, they do not provide any official license to practice neuroradiology in any European country.
The recommendations of UEMS, as well as any Master program, include theoretical training in key subjects for a certain speciality. Acceptable theoretical training must include defined curricula as well as examinations. Furthermore, it should be possible to complete a medical speciality or a Master program in two years. Harmonisation with these rules and regulations are the very strong reasons to change the format of ECNR to include four courses given over a two- year-cycle. It was felt that this would also be a good time to change the topics of ECNR to reflect a wider scope of neuroradiology from a standpoint of knowledge rather than that of practice. This change will increase our possibility to include anatomists, clinicians and interventionalists in the faculties.
The following topics have been chosen, each to be covered in six full days of lectures and workshops:
- anatomy, congenital malformations and genetics
- trauma, infection, inflammation and degenerative diseases
- tumours of the brain and spinal canal
- vascular disease of the brain and spinal canal