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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a great honor and a privilege to invite you in Montpellier for the 2nd year of the 9th cycle of the European Advanced Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Over time this course has become much more than a tradition. Though not mandatory, it became an essential step in the training of pediatric neurosurgery. Thanks to a skilled and fulfilled teaching committee, it has attained a high scientific level. Furthermore, young neurosurgeons may benefit from the experience not only of senior colleagues, but also of other professionals in sister disciplines, such as neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurooncologists, neuropathologists, and genetists. To this end, the various sessions will reinforce, harmonize and improve the alliance between pediatric neurosurgery and contiguous disciplines, putting the pediatric patient at the center of the diagnostic and therapeutic process. The Scientific Program features both formal lectures and hands-on workshops, enhancing interaction between teachers and students. It will highlight the specificity of pediatric neurosurgery, aiming at the formation of young neurosurgeons.

This year the addressed topics will be craniosynostosis, orbit, skull, craniovertebral junction anomalies, dysraphism, sellar and suprasellar lesion and vascular pathologies. The Course will take place in the Hotel Massane, east to the city of Montpellier.

Capital of Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier is a city renowned for its historical and artistic heritage, for its festivals internationally, as well as for its viticulture. The Montpellier area, like all the shore of the Mediterranean between the Alps and the Pyrenees, is an ancient settlement and land passage. The old prehistoric background, Phoenicians, Greeks, Iberians, Ligurians and Celts have left an impression more or less important. Rome is the last crucible of these multiple influences. From 123 BC, the Languedoc became a Roman colony. Major player in the conquest, the consul Domitius branded it by creating the country road that bears his name, the Via Domitia. This is still the east-west axis linking Italy to Spain structure interaction and life of the region.

Academic and scientific life is flourishing. The contemporary University of Montpellier is the direct descendant of the medieval university, the School of Medicine of which was founded in 1220, making it the oldest in the world.

Proud of his heritage, aware of its history, the city and, to its image, its medical school remains resolutely turned towards the future.

Bienvenus amis et confrères!

Dr. Thomas Roujeau
ESPN 2013 Course Chairman

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