Co-Organized by the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto and the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Welcome Address

For our 19th Annual Interventional Neuroradiology Symposium and the 4th Karel Terbrugge Lectureship we will join forces with the International Society for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (ISMINS) who will hold their annual meeting in conjunction with the INR symposium; with the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) with whom we will have a joint session during our Symposium, and with the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) with whom we have established a one day course of Neurovascular Anatomy that will precede our INR Symposium.

Neurovascular anatomy is the basis of our interventions and its knowledge helps us to perform complex procedures with low risks. As such, the first day of the meeting, (Thursday, Sept 27) will be fully dedicated to a “case-based” teaching approach to all aspects of Neurovascular Anatomy and how they pertain to treating Tumors, dural AVF, Epistaxis, Aneurysms, Stroke and AVMs. Seasoned Neurointerventionalists will present cases in a workshop style format and highlight – based on cases they encountered – specific aspects of the anatomy that interventionalists should be aware of. To ensure an effective learning environment with discussion of the cases in a “class-room” type format, the number of participants to this course will be limited.

The first day of our Symposium (Friday. Sept 28) will focus on Stroke and Clinical Epidemiology – we will have an interactive session where we discuss “how to design a research study” and we have debates between Neurologists and Interventionalists on current controversies (such as management of ELVO in low NIHSS or in low ASPECTS) as well as lectures on Updates in Stroke Treatment.

The second day of our Symposium (Saturday, Sept 29) will be held conjointly with the ISMINS and will focus on Shunting lesions, their causes and their new (partly experimental, partly controversial) treatments; as well as Aneurysms. Similar to the previous day we will have debates between Endovascular and Open Vascular Experts on aneurysms that can be treated by either approach. These debates will be interactive with the audience able to participate actively in the discussion. The Karel Terbrugge Lectureship will be awarded on Saturday. This year’s recipient will be Dr. Blaise Baxter from Chattanooga, TN who will speak about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Neurointervention.

Sunday will be focused entirely on minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques and non-invasive strategies for vascular, tumoral and other neurosurgical diseases as well as future developments in basic science, surgical simulation, augmented reality and robotics. With a variety of talks covering new developments from biology of disease to surgical technology, we will aim to present a global perspective on minimal invasiveness and function preservation in contemporary neurosurgery.

We are pleased to have confirmed contributions from experts from Canada, the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and South Korea to speak at this Joint Meeting. The symposium will be held in the state of the art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning in Downtown Toronto across from the Hospital for Sick Children.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Toronto in September 2018.

Timo Krings MD FRCP(C), Program Director
The David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Interventional Neuroradiology ; Chief of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology; Professor, Departments of Radiology and Surgery ; University of Toronto

This program was developed following a review of objective data including practice data, literature surveys/reviews, consultation with experts in the field, and the experience and needs perceived by members of the planning committee. As well, subjective data from the previous year’s evaluations was reviewed in detail to create a focus for this year’s program.

Target Audience

Neurologist, Radiologist, Technologist, Pediatric Neurologist, Neurosurgeons, Neuroradiologist, Nurses

The content of this course has proven to be of interest to vascular surgeons, residents and fellows.