DEF Disease Education Forum

Suresnes, France

from 17/10/2022 until 18/10/2022

After an unintentional break in 2020 due to the Covid epidemic, we have the great pleasure to announce that we will again organize in October 17-18, 2022, in Hôpital FOCH, in Suresnes, very close to Paris, the next DEF (Disease Education Forum) seminar.

After the successes of the two first seminars dedicated respectively to “Spinal Cord Vascular Malformations” and to “Cerebral Veins”, and that gathered more than 120 participants coming from all over the world, we will deal this time with “Vessel Wall-Angiogenesis- Related Pathologies”.

The format of the seminar, appreciated and praised by both lecturers and participants, will remain the same: we will focus during two full consecutive days on one topic that will be analyzed in detail, from basic neurosciences to therapeutic applications.

The aim is to increase and enrich our knowledge about a component of the vascular tree that is often less well understood or sometimes even neglected. The vessel wall represents indeed a specific entity that ongoingly and dynamically interacts with its environment and will thus be a key to many pathophysiological phenomena creating specific symptoms or diseases (among which aneurysms are the most known)… Biological or genetical defects of the arterial wall lead to severe conditions as for example in Ehlers Danlos syndrome that requires specific therapeutic considerations. Furthermore, angiogenesis is an active phenomenon that modifies vascular lesions over time, which cannot be forgotten when one studies these lesions in both adult and pediatric populations. It may even be responsible for particular malformations as cerebral proliferative angiopathy.

A specific DEF studying various aspects of the vessel wall and angiogenesis, from vasculogenesis to embryology and anatomy, from physiology to illnesses, malformations, symptoms and treatments will help us to better understand diseases we face daily in our practice, and will improve our patient management.

Many international speakers will join us for this third DEF, to share their experience and to participate in intense debates and fruitful discussions. You know already some of them and appreciated the quality of their presentations. They all accepted enthusiastically to come back to Foch for this third thrilling adventure. We are happy to welcome also new members of the faculty, all specialists in their respective fields, and we thank them for having agreed to participate to this new seminar.

We will be pleased to welcome all of you for these two working days in October 2022, organized in the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Neuroradiology of Hôpital FOCH, labelled by the French Ministry of Health as “Constitutive Reference Center for Rare Diseases”, for central nervous system vascular malformations, in collaboration with the departments of Neuroradiology of Nancy and Karolinska University Hospital.

We hope that you will appreciate the programme that we have created and we are looking forward to see you for a productive and stimulating DEF, and also to enjoy the vibrant fall in Paris.


With all our best regards and welcome

Past Congresses

Ist Congress

September 6, 1969

Colmar, France

Presidents: J.P. Braun & A. Wackenheim


IInd Congress

September 24-25, 1971

London, United Kingdom

President: J.D.W. Bull


IIIrd Congress

August 23-24, 1972 

Bologna, Italy            

President: G. Ruggiero


IVth Congress

September 28-29, 1973

Frankfurt, Germany

President: H. Hacker


Vth Congress

September 4-6, 1975    

Gello, Norway

President: P. Amundsen


VIth Congress

September 16-18, 1976

Dijon, France

President: J. Bories


VIIth Congress

September 9-10, 1977

Barcelona, Spain

President: M. Rovira


VIIIth Congress

September 7-8, 1979

Strasbourg, France                      

President: A. Wackenheim


IXth Congress                  

September 12-13, 1980

Brussels, Belgium

President: G. Cornelis


Xth Congress

September 25-26, 1981

Milan, Italy

President: A. Passerini


XIth Congress

September 15-17, 1983

Bern, Switzerland

President: H. Huber


XIIth Congress

September 27-29, 1984

Prague, former Czechoslovakia

President: J. Jirout



XIIIth Congress

September 11-15, 1985  

Amsterdam, The Netherlands          

President: J. Valk


XIVth Congress

September 8-12, 1987

Udine, Italy

President: M. Leonardi


XVth Congress

September 13-17, 1988    

Wurzburg, Germany

President: M. Nadjmi


XVIth Congress

July 2-6, 1989

Paris, France 

President: E.A. Cabanis


XVIIth  Congress

October 8-13, 1991

Zurich, Switzerland    

President: A. Valavanis


XVIIIth Congress

September 8-12, 1992

Stockholm, Sweden                    

President: K. Ericson


XIXth Congress                  

September 8-12, 1993

Bruges, Belgium

Presidents: B. Appel & D. Balériaux


XXth Congress

June 14-18, 1994

Nancy, France

President: L. Picard



XXIst Congress   

September 20-23, 1995   

Budapest, Hungary         

President: J. Kenéz 


XXIInd Congress

September 17-21, 1996

Milan, Italy

President: G. Scotti



XXIIIrd Congress

September 16-20, 1997   

Oxford, United Kingdom

President: J.V. Byrne


XXIVth Congress 

September 23-26, 1998

Lisbon, Portugal

President: A. Goulão



XXVth Congress

September 7-11, 1999    

Vienna, Austria 

President: E. Schindler


XXVIth Congress  

September 10-13, 2000

Oslo, Norway

President: P.H. Nakstad   


XXVIIth Congress (with ESHNR)

September 13-16, 2001   

Ancona, Italy     

President: U. Salvolini


XXVIIIth Congress

September 11-14, 2003   

Istanbul, Turkey                         

President: E. T. Tali


XXIXth Congress                        

September 8-11, 2004

Aachen, Germany

President: A. Thron


XXXth Congress  

September 15 -18, 2005

Barcelona, Spain

President: J. Ruscalleda


XXXIst Congress

September 13-16, 2006

Geneva, Switzerland

President: D. Rüfenacht