The Newsletter of the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy
5TH ESMINT CONGRESS
Last month in Nice we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the ESMINT Congress. This year's conference was particularly inspiring and educational thanks to the joint day with our friends from neurosurgery and the interesting discussions on stroke that gave us some important strategic directions for further studies. We also learned a great deal about the diversity of medicine from all over Europe.
Your case submissions make our meeting really interesting and useful so a huge thank you to everyone who participated; the sharing of your knowledge and experiences is very important for our society.
While the annual Congress is clearly a highlight of our society’s activity, ESMINT offers its members much more. By joining the society you can become part of a joint effort to improve and advance minimally invasive treatment of neurological disease, particularly at the dawn of successful treatment of acute ischemic stroke!
If you are already a member of ESMINT you can sign in to esmint.eu to view the case presentations and photos from this year's congress. If you are not yet a member, we urge you to join us; the sooner the better! It is worth being part of ESMINT now!
Thanks for coming to Nice, we hope to see many of you in Barcelona at the ESMINT Teaching Course soon in December.
President of ESMINT
President of the 5th ESMINT Congress
The goal of this year's conference was to provide a platform for debate about the present and future of neurovascular disease management with perspectives from different specialisms.
A major highlight was the first ever joint meeting with the Vascular section of the EANS (European Association of Neurological Surgeons) and this new initiative was very much welcomed by the representatives of both interventional and open surgical neurovascular specialists.
The two main topics of the joint meeting were the management of giant aneurysms and brain arteriovenous malformations. The surgical and interventional lectures on giant aneurysm disease gave clear insight to both surgical and endovascular reconstructive and obstructive treatment modalities.
Interesting case discussions followed and allowed for in-depth assessment of common problems related to this disease group. The AVM section focused on endovascular, surgical and radiosurgical management of brain AVMs.
On the second day we looked at acute stroke management, an area of increasing importance. The diverse group of presenters created a lively forum for a meaningful exchange of information, including topics like specific imaging, acute treatment modalities, new studies and future perspectives.
Based on the presented data a consensus was achieved that only well-designed studies, with accurate patient selection, are able to show the usefulness of acute endovascular stroke therapy.
On the final day our colleagues from Central-Eastern European countries highlighted the problems they face, and will continue to face while trying to implement state-of-the-art interventional therapies. The programme finished with discussions on intra-aneurysmal flow disruption modalities, intracranial venous disease management and skull-base tumor management.
A great strength of our meeting is its informal style with expert referrals on the hottest topics followed by difficult/interesting case presentations. Debate has always been a positive characteristic of our community, and this collaborative atmosphere ensured heated discussions continued throughout the three days!
Save the date for the 6th Annual Congress that will be taking place in Nice from the 4th-6th September 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!