Neuropathology vacancy: A neuropathologist is needed for the Pathology Department of the Hospital Universitario Araba, in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), to attend the Brain Biobank (BIOEF), created in 2010, with large volume of neurodegenerative diseases, muscle and nerve samples and CNS tumours. It has its own laboratory and staff. It is a reference center for prion diseases in the Basque Country and Biobank for Alava and Bizkaia. Please contact Dr. Isabel Guerra for detailed information. vacancies

European Examination in Neuropathology: 4 and 5 October 2017, at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
The European Fellowship in Neuropathology (EFN) is a mark of professional standing and esteem achieved by examination. The EFN maintains parity in professional standing and esteem between doctors who deliver a specialist diagnostic service in neuropathology in clinical neuroscience centres throughout Europe, by seeking appropriate evidence of knowledge, skills and achievement. The EFN is a useful benchmark for candidates for consultant posts who have followed an approved National training programme. The EFN examination constitutes an assessment of candidates’ knowledge of diagnostic neuropathology and their ability to apply that knowledge in the clinical practice. Thus, it provdownloadides external quality assurance that a trainee in neuropathology practice has reached the standard appropriate for practice as an unsupervised specialist in diagnostic neuropathology. The Euro-CNS maintains a register of medical doctors who have achieved the EFN by examination. For details on the Examination or to see the recommended Curriculum, please see the ‘Examination‘ pages on this website.

New EFN: S. Lepreux and P. Nozza

New European Fellows of Neuropathology
Dr. Sébastien Lepreux (Bordeaux, France) and Dr. Paolo Nozza (Genoa, Italy) have passed the Euro-CNS examination in Neuropathology in July and November 2016, and as a consequence have been elected as European Fellows in Neuropathology (EFN). They receive a formal Certificate of Competence in Diagnostic Neuropathology. The Board of Examiners and the Executive Committee of the European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies extend their congratulations to Drs. Lepreux and Nozza!

graphs from the Survey on Molecular Markers

Patterns of diagnostic marker assessment in adult diffuse glioma: “Adelheid Wöhrer et al. present the results of a Euro-CNS survey on patterns of diagnostic marker assessment in diffuse glioma. This Euro-CNS survey is the first of its kind and shall set a baseline for future follow-up surveys. A total of 130 colleagues engaged in brain tumor diagnostics from 40 nations participated, including also representatives from a number of countries outside of Europe. The main aim of the survey was to assess the translational status of diagnostic molecular marker testing in diffuse gliomas after release of the WHO 2016 brain tumor classification. The WHO 2016 classification has introduced for the first time an integrated diagnostic approach incorporating both tumor morphology and molecular information. The responses show that molecular marker testing is uniformly considered as highly relevant, and in most centers, molecular information is incorporated already in diagnostic assessments. However, there are substantial differences in access to molecular markers and techniques, and there is also a high level of heterogeneity of methods and platforms used for testing, even within the same countries. Further, the respondents express a high level of concern with regard to validity of test assays and advocate the need for international harmonization of standards and consensus guidelines. The majority expressed willingness to actively engage in interlaboratory trials aiming at quality control. Euro-CNS could serve in future as platform in the development of such international trials within Europe and beyond.” Quoted from the Editorial by Johannes Hainfellner in Clinical Neuropathology 2017-1.  For the published results of the survey click here.

Clinical Neuropathology issue 3, May/June 2017
Please take a look at the Table of Contents. Each issue has 2-4 free downloads!

  • Editorial
  • Image of the month: CNS involvement in systemic amyloidosis restricted to the choroid plexus

Original papers:

  • Astrocytic tumor with large cells and worrisome features in two patients with tuberous sclerosis: drastically different diagnoses and prognoses
  • Cystic endosalpingiosis of lumbar nerve root: a unique presentation
  • Unusual skull tumors with psammomatoid bodies: a diagnostic challenge

Abstracts: 53rd Congress of the Italian 121 Association of Neuropathology and Clinical Neurobiology (AINPeNC); 43rd Congress of the Italian Association for Research on Brain Aging (AIRIC); Padova, Italy, May 18 – 20, 2017

Letter to the Editors:

  • Spinal T-cell-rich B-cell lymphoma
  • Epstein-Barr virus associated primary intracranial leiomyoma in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus
  • Disseminated strongyloidiasis and concomitant Aspergillus infection with central nervous system involvement

Euro-CNS News: Society News of the European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies

Newly published: Euro-CNS news in Clinical Neuropathology issue 1, 2017:
Issue 1, Jan/Feb 2017

  • Participant reports Euro-CNS Tumor Course Oct. 2016 by Marisol Ferrer (Argentina), and Mahan Kouhsari (Hungary)
  • Report of the German/Scandinavian Neuropathology conference in Hamburg (Sept. 2016)
  • Summary of Euro-CNS Educational Activities 2017
  • Artistic Corner
  • Meeting Calendar, Executive Board and Councilors

Participants and Faculty of the Euro-CNS Tumour Course, Oct 2017

Fellowship Training Program. Call for candidates!

The Euro-CNS fellowship training program is intended to facilitate short (maximum 2 months) diagnostic training opportunities in either Tumour or Muscle and Nerve pathology for trainees in neuropathology. The individual training plan for each Fellow appointed to the scheme will reflect the skills and knowledge that are required by the home Institution and which can be implemented upon the trainee’s return. For more information, please visit the ‘Fellowship Training‘ page on this website. Applications can be submitted at all times.

Mission of Euro-CNS
Euro-CNS aims to promote and maintain the harmonisation of neuropathology training and clinical practice throughout Europe, and to promote the science of neuropathology and neuropathology research. Euro-CNS has programmes of scientific and clinical activity to support European Neuropathologists at both senior and junior level. Courses and congresses are held regularly to promote interest in the discipline, to facilitate the exchange of scientific information between members, and to help researchers and clinicians stay current with the latest advances in neuropathology. A European Neuropathology Exam is organized each year.

Courses & Congresses

CME Training Course ‘Neurodegenerative Diseases’
25-27 October 2017, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The updated Euro-CNS neuropathology training course “Neurodegenerative Diseases” will be held from 25-27 October 2017 at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. The newly updated course consists of lectures with an emphasis on teaching. Practical (microscope-based) sessions are part of the course. This course provided practising (neuro)pathologists, clinicians and researchers with up-to-date reviews of the classification and the diagnostic problems in the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases. The course language is English. Read more here…

Euro-CNS Basic Course in Neuropathology
13-16 March 2018, Aachen, Germany

The (updated) basic course is intended for trainees in general pathology, neuropathology, neurology or neurosurgery but also for neurobiologists and PhD students in neurological sciences.  Specifically for those who, in the course of their PhD research, will be involved with the neuropathology of, for example, neurodegenerative diseases, developmental diseases, brain tumors or white matter diseases. The program consists of teaching sessions in the mornings, and sessions with gross neuropathology and histology (slide viewing and case discussions) in the afternoons. Topics covered are: general pathology of the central nervous system, muscle, nerve, tumours, neurodegenerative diseases, vascular pathology, infections of the CNS, human prion diseases, white matter diseases, metabolic diseases, developmental neuropathology and epilepsy. On one of the evenings there is a possibility to bring up intriguing or puzzling clinicopathological cases. Registration is open (via this website).

CME Training Course ‘Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology’.
22-24 March 2017, Aachen, Germany

This newly updated course consists of lectures with an emphasis on teaching. Practical (microscope-based) sessions are part of the course. This three-days course and workshop will provide practising (neuro)pathologists, clinicians and researchers with up-to-date reviews of the classification and the diagnostic problems in muscle and peripheral nerve pathology. The course consists of alternate lectures and slide sessions. Registration is open. For more information click here