Neuroanatomy Lab

UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

MICRONEUROSURGERY LABORATORY

 

The “Microneurosurgery Laboratory”, officially launched in February 2013, is situated in the heart of Athens. It is a 200sqm state-of-the-art research and education facility within a beautifully restored neoclassical building owned by Evangelismos Hospital, the largest Hospital of the Balkan region.

The laboratory is adequately equipped in order to accommodate neurosurgeons with special interest in anatomical dissections both in brain white matter and skull base.

 

Mission

The mission of the Microneurosurgery Laboratory is to promote both education and research in the field of neurosurgery with special emphasis on the surgical anatomy of human brain and related cranial compartments.

 

Facilities

The Microneurosurgery Laboratory is designed to facilitate both individual and small group dissections workshops. It has 16 fully equipped cadaveric stations with head fixation devices, operating microscopes and micro dissection instruments. In addition, educational activities are fully supported by a conference room with modern audiovisual equipment and tutorial videos

 

Educational Support and Research

The Microneurosurgery Laboratory organizes hands-on workshops and seminars concerning the latest neurosurgical techniques and medical devices. Hands-on cadaveric dissections provide a thorough three dimensional understanding of cranial compartments and brain anatomy for surgical practice. The Microneurosurgery Laboratory also supports the research of graduate medical students and basic scientists in the field of Neuroanatomy.

Additionally, administrative and technical support can be provided to several surgical specialties (plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, ENT etc.) who wish to organize Hands-On Anatomy courses.

 

Activities

Hands-on Workshops

The faculty of the laboratory has organized four accredited Neurosurgical Anatomy Cadaveric Workshops with guest instructors from Greece and Europe. More specifically:

 

Hands-on Workshop in Neurosurgical Anatomy, March 22&23, 2010

Topic: Surgical Approaches to Intracranial and Brain Compartments

Attendees: 13

 

Hands-on Workshop in Neurosurgical Anatomy, April 13-15, 2011

Topic: Surgical Approaches to Intracranial and Brain Compartments

Attendees: 16

 

Hands-on Workshop in Neurosurgical Anatomy, May 29-31, 2013

Topic: Surgical Approaches to Intracranial and Brain Compartments

Attendees: 21

 

Hands-on Workshop in Neurosurgical Anatomy, May 28-30, 2014

Topic: Surgical Approaches to Intracranial and Brain Compartments

Attendees: 17

 

Hands-on Workshop in Neurosurgical Anatomy and White Matter Dissection, April 20-23 2015

Topic: Surgical Approaches to Intracranial and Brain Compartments and White Matter Dissection

Attendees: 16

 

Current Research Activities.

White matter fiber dissection technique. Accurate knowledge of intrinsic brain architecture is a cornerstone in modern neurosurgery. Understanding the complex intermingling of the various fiber pathways offers a firm grasp of anatomy needed in order to refine both presurgical planning and surgical strategy. The white matter fiber dissection technique, although a complex and delicate process, is invaluable in the acquisition of important neuroanatomical knowledge. Current studies in the Microneurosurgery Laboratory are directed towards the precise dissection and localization of various white matter tracts and their functional and surgical significance.

Neuroanatomical research is also conducted in order to develop minimally invasive approaches to the brain and related compartments.

 

Faculty & Collaborators

 

Head of the Laboratory

G. Stranjalis. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Athens

 

Coordinators

C. Koutsarnakis, Neurosurgeon, Evangelismos Hospital

F. Liakos, Neurosurgeon, Evangelismos Hospital

 

Faculty

E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy, University of Athens

I. Fouyas, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Edinburgh, UK

M. Lee, Associate Professor, Stanford University, USA

A. Fratzoglou, Consultant Neurosurgeon, General Hospital of Piraeus

L. Stavrinou, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Bielefeld, Germany

E. Bairamidis, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Hospital of Lesvos

 

Staff

M. Loufardaki, Administrative support

S. Siametis, Technical support