Controversies in Neurosurgery 2018

OPENING
Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Function Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

0800 – 0820            Welcome and Opening
Professor Andrew Kaye – Convenor Controversies in Neurosurgery
A/Professor Kate Drummond - Convenor Controversies in Neurosurgery
Professor Basant Misra – President Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons

Thursday 22/11/18
CONTROVERSIES IN SKULL BASE, EPILEPSY AND FUNCTIONAL NEUROSURGERY


Friday 23/11/18
CONTROVERSIES IN FUNCTIONAL AND SPINAL NEUROSURGERY
MY GREATEST DISASTER




Thursday 22 November 2018


0800 – 0820  WELCOME AND OPENING
Professor Andrew Kaye – Convenor Controversies in Neurosurgery
A/Professor Kate Drummond - Convenor Controversies in Neurosurgery
Professor Basant Misra – President Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons

 0820 – 1015  CONTROVERSIES IN SKULL BASE SURGERY
CHAIR    Andrew Kaye, Leon Lai
0820       Fred Gentili            Evolution and innovation in skull base surgery – expensive toys or radical advances?  
0850       Sergey Spektor      Acoustic neuroma – controversies and complications
0920       Michael Dally        Radiation therapy for acoustic neuroma – what are the advances?
0940       Mark Rosenthal     Targeted agents for NF-1 and NF-2
1000       Discussion            

1015- 1045      Morning Tea

1045 – 1230  CONTROVERSIES IN SKULL BASE SURGERY
CHAIR    Andrew Kaye, James King                                                
1045       Sergey Spektor      Chordoma – controversies and complications
1110       Robert Smee          Radiation therapy for chordoma – what type to use? Should the patient go to Boston?
1125       Basant Misra         Optimally invasive surgery for skull base meningioma
1145       Fred Gentili            Endoscopic anterior skull base surgery – what is the value-add?
1210       Discussion

1230-1300       Lunch

1300 – 1400   Combined Session with Royal Melbourne Hospital Grand Rounds
Peter Petty Memorial Lecture – James Rutka – “Professionalism and Leadership in Medicine.  Why they matter more than ever.”

1400 – 1500  CONTROVERSIES IN EPILEPSY SURGERY
CHAIR    Andrew Morokoff, Chris French
1400       Philippa Karoly      Technology and techniques to predict seizures – does it work and is it of any use?
1415       James Rutka           Epilepsy surgery in childhood – no longer a treatment of last resort
1445       Discussion            

1500 – 1530    Afternoon Tea

 1530 – 1700  CONTROVERSIES IN FUNCTIONAL NEUROSURGERY
CHAIR    Richard Bittar, Mark Parsons
1530       Aviva Abosch        Deep brain stimulation vs lesioning from movement disorders – what are the choices?
1600       Neil Mahant          Update on medical treatment of Parkinson’s Disease – when is surgery necessary?
1620       Aviva Abosch        Should DBS be performed awake or asleep?
1635       Girish Nair             Should DBS be performed awake or asleep?
1640       Discussion

 1700     Conference Close

 1715    2018 AASNS Executive Meeting
  Seminar Room, Function Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital


1900  Conference Dinner
           The Boatbuilders Yard, 23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC, 3006


Friday 23 November 2018

0830 – 1030 CONTROVERSIES IN FUNCTIONAL NEUROSURGERY
CHAIR  Kate Drummond, Kristian Bullus
0830     Aviva Abosch                 Psychosurgery – the indications, advances and pitfalls
0900     Mark Walterfang           Complications of DBS – sometimes more harm than good?
0920     Girish Nair                     Stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease – emerging cure or another dead-end?
0935     Case presentations in Functional Neurosurgery / Discussion
             Panel: Richard Bittar, Girish Nair, Ray Cook, Aviva Abosch, Kristian Bullus, Mark Walterfang

1030 – 1100  Morning Tea

1100 – 1245  MY GREATEST DISASTER
CHAIR  Andrew Kaye, Kate Drummond
1100     Sergey Spektor
1115     James Rutka
1130     Aviva Abosch
1145     Fred Gentili
1200     Bhadu Kavar
1215     Kate Drummond
1230     Discussion

1245 – 1345  Lunch

 1345 – 1515 CONTROVERSIES IN SPINAL NEUROSURGERY
CHAIR  Bhadu Kavar, Hui Lau
1345     Ian Harris                         Spinal fusion – a technique that should not be done        
1410     Mohammed Awad         Comment
1425     Andrew Morokoff          Sagittal balance – a fairytale
1440     Graeme Brazenor          Sagittal balance – critical to a good outcome
1455     Peter Teddy                    The failed back – the legacy of the spinal surgeon
1510     Discussion

1515 – 1545  Afternoon Tea

1545 – 1715 CONTROVERSIES IN SPINAL NEUROSURGERY
CHAIR  Kate Drummond, Myron Rogers
1545     Ian Harris                      Laminectomy for spinal stenosis – why would you question efficacy?
1600     Tanya Yuen                   Comment
1610     Ian Wang                       Minimally invasive spinal surgery – a revolution?
1625     Bhadu Kavar                 Minimally invasive spinal surgery – a marketing tool with minimal effect?
1640     John Laidlaw                 Disc replacement – standard of care or just a passing fad?
1655     Discussion

 1715   CLOSE