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Neuropathology & MRI Interpretation, June 24 -28, Berne / Switzerland - held

Course Master: Prof. Dr. Anna Oevermann (DECVP)
Co-Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Marc Vandevelde (DECVN), Prof. Dr. Johann Lang (DECVN), Prof. Dr. Daniela Gorgas (DECVDI)

This interactive course welcomes neurologists, pathologists, radiologists, diagnostic imagers and other MRI users as well as trainees in these disciplines.
Participants are trained in lectures and practicals to recognize the major lesion patterns on gross and histological preparations of CNS tissue. Such structural changes are compared to corresponding MRI images.
The principal learning objectives are to acquire a basic understanding of diagnostic neuropathology and to apply this knowledge to the interpretation of MR images.

For whom is this course of interest?
Clinical neurologists: The course meets the neuropathology requirements of the ECVN. Because of the rapidly increasing importance of MRI also in private practice, neurologists can greatly profit from this course.
Diagnostic imaging experts: A more profound understanding of neuropathology is undoubtedly an advantage for those who are regularly performing MRI studies of neurological patients.
Pathologists: This course offers a comprehensive and effective introduction to diagnostic neuropathology for diagnostic pathologists and pathology residents. The link to diagnostic imaging and clinical neurology offers insight into the needs of neurologists and radiologists to get adequate pathological feed back.

- Practical gross neuroanatomy in MRI and brain sections
- Recognizing gross lesion patterns.
- Recognizing microscopic lesion patterns.
- Principles of classification and interpretation of lesions
- Principles of MRI reading
These topics prepare the participants for the subsequent lectures and practicals on the interpretation of different lesion types.

- Malformations
- Inflammatory lesions
- Tumors of the nervous system
- Trauma of the brain and spinal cord
- Infarcts of brain and spinal cord
- Toxic-metabolic diseases.
- Degenerative diseases
Typical MRI images of various lesions are presented with corresponding gross and microscopic pathological findings. For each topic practicals are conducted with individual examination and interpretation of images of gross lesions, MRI images. and histological sections (with the microscope). The findings are presented at daily plenary session at the end of the day and discussed.


Wednesday, 24 June 2015
07:45 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 08:15 Welcome and course introduction
08:15 – 08:35 Physical principles of MRI
08:35 – 09:45 Removal of brain and spinal cord, gross neuroanatomy (in MRI and brain sections), brain cutting and sampling for histological examination
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:30 Principles of MRI reading of the nervous system
10:30 – 11:00 Macroscopic evaluation of the CNS
11:00 – 12:30 Basic reactions (histology) to CNS injury and principles of lesion classification/pattern recognition
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Wet lab brain cutting /sampling
15:00 – 16:15 Practical individual work I: assessment of gross/histo lesions and correlation with MRI. Focus on pattern recognition
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30 Presentation and discussion of gross lesions/MRI I
17:30 – open Welcome Party

Thursday, 25 June 2015
08:15 – 08:45 Deviation of normal anatomy (CNS malformations)
08:45 – 10:15 Malacia/hemorrhage (infarct, trauma, toxic-metabolic diseases)
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:15 Inflammatory lesions: Interpretation of different patterns
11:15 – 12:30 Infectious diseases
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:30 Non-infectious inflammatory diseases
14:30 – 15:45 Practical individual work II: case interpretation, correlation of pathology (gross/histo) and MRI
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – open Presentation and discussion of cases II

Friday, 26 June 2015
08:15 – 09:45 Nervous system tumors
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:00 Histolab I: Inflammation
11:00 – 12:00 Presentation and discussion of histo cases: Inflammation
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 Histolab II: Tumors
14:30 – 15:15 Presentation and discussion of histo cases: Tumors
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Practical individual work III: case interpretation, correlation of pathology (gross/histo) and MRI
16:30 – open Presentation and discussion of cases III

Saturday, 27 June 2015
08:30 – 09:00 Degenerative diseases I: Recognition of patterns, selective neuronal changes, storage diseases
09:00 – 09:30 Degenerative diseases II: Axonal and myelin changes
09:30 – 10:45 Histolab III: Malacia/hemorrhage (Metabolic-toxic diseases, infarct, trauma)
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Presentation and discussion of histo cases: Malacia/hemorrhage
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:00 Degenerative diseases III: Spongy and spongiform degenerations, spongy state
14:00 – 15:30 Practical individual work IV: case interpretation, correlation of pathology (gross/histo) and MRI
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – open Presentation and discussion of cases IV
19:00 – open Social Dinner

Sunday, 28 June 2015
08:15 – 09:30 Histolab IV: Selective neuronal/axonal/myelin changes, spongy state
09:30 – 09:45 Coffee Break
09:45 – 11:00 Presentation and discussion of histo cases: selective neuronal/axonal/Myelin changes, spongy state
11:00 – 12:00 Practical individual work V: case interpretation, correlation of pathology (gross/histo) and MRI
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:00 Practical individual work V: case interpretation, correlation of pathology (gross/histo) and MRI
14:00 – 15:30 Presentation and discussion of cases V
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break / distribution of course evaluation sheets
15:45 – 16:15 Course evaluation; concluding remarks

Program: Neuropathology and MRI Interpretation 2015 - subject to change

ATF credit hours (Akademie für Tierärztliche Fortbildung, Germany): 34
(for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg)

CPD points (Continuing Professional Developement): 40
Please also see ESAVS Certficate Program (ECSAVP)

ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System): 5
Please also see ESAVS Master Program (EMSAVMP)


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Tuition fee: EURO 1.700,--
Early registration: EURO 1.600,-- (deadline for FULL early registration payment: 7th January 2015)
Special Price for Residents: EURO 1.000,--

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