Euro-CNS Training Courses (CME and Basic Courses)

The goal of the CME neuropathology training courses is to enhance training and raise standards in neuropathology throughout Europe. The CME training courses are of interest to junior neuropathologists or general clinical pathologists, as well as neuroscientists interested in diagnostic problems in neuropathology. The courses are tutored by senior consultants and academic staff from various European countries.

Since November 2004, the courses  have been accredited by the UEMS EACCME (European Accreditation Council for Continued Medical Education).

Below you will find an overview of upcoming and past courses. Upcoming events are hyperlinked and will take you to a separate page with details of the event in question. Please scroll down for more background information on the courses in general.

Upcoming Courses 2017 and 2018

  • CME Training Course ‘Neurodegenerative Diseases‘, 25-27 October 2017, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Basic Course in Neuropathology, 13-16 March 2018, Aachen, Germany
  • CME Training Course ‘Developmental Neuropathology’, 27-29 June 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • CME Training Course ‘ Tumors of the Central Nervous System’, early October 2018, Oslo, Norway

Past CME courses 2001-2016

Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology, 22-24 March 2017, Aachen, Germany
Tumors of the Central Nervous System
, 12-14 October 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Forensic Neuropathology, 1-3 June 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
European Basic Course in Neuropathology, 15-18 March 2016, Aachen, Germany
Developmental Neuropathology , 21-23 October 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tumors of the Central Nervous System,  8-10 June 2015, Odense , Denmark
Leukoencephalopathies, 25-27 March 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Forensic Neuropathology, 29-31 October 2014, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Muscle and Nerve Pathology, 3-5 September 2014, Berlin, Germany
Neurodegenerative Diseases, 28-30 May 2014, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
European Basic Course in Neuropathology, 11-14 March 2014, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Forensic Neuropathology, 16-18 October 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Developmental Neuropathology, 20-22 March 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Tumours of the Central Nervous System, 19-21 September 2012, Zagreb, Croatia
Leukoencephalopathies, 4-6 June 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland (pre-congress course)
Basic Course in Neuropathology, 27-30 March 2012, Aachen, Germany
Neurodegenerative Diseases, 19-21 October 2011, Turin, Italy
Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology, 1-3 June 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Developmental Neuropathology, 23-25 March 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tumours of the Central Nervous System, 2-4 June 2010, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
European Basic Course in Neuropathology, 22-26 March 2010, Aachen, Germany
Leukoencephalopathies,  21-23 October 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology, 19-20 March 2009, Rostock, Germany
Tumours of the CNS, 06-08 May 2008, Athens, Greece (pre-congress course)
European Basic Course in Neuropathology, 10-14 March 2008, Aachen, Germany
Leucoencephalopathies, 27-29 November 2007, Turin, Italy
Neurodegenerative Diseases, 28-30 March 2007, Paris, France
Developmental Neuropathology, 29-31 March 2006, Oxford, United Kingdom
Tumours of the CNS, 22-25 June 2005, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tumours of the CNS, 24-26 November 2004, Graz, Austria
Leukoencephalopathies, 14-16 April 2004, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology, 19-21 November 2003, Vienna, Austria
Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology, 23-25 April 2003, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tumours of the CNS, 09-13 July 2002, Helsinki, Finland (pre-congress course)
Neurodegenerative diseases, 10-12 October 2001, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Background
Continuing Medical Education (CME) is an integral component of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. Like other medical specialties, CME in neuropathology may fall into two categories:

“core” CME concerning neuropathological topics for neuropathologists and “peripheral” CME in neurosciences and other neuropathology-related specialties.
In large medical specialties, such as internal medicine and surgery, major CME activities encompass “core” CME. However, the smaller the medical specialty, the smaller the spectrum of “core”CME and the larger the field of “peripheral” CME, i.e. when neuropathologists attend CME meetings of neurologists, pathologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists to extract from such meetings what may be useful for their professional activities. Usually, CME takes place at the national level and in the national language, organised and administered locally, regionally, and nationally by respectively various societies or institutions. For neuropathologists, “core” CME in neuropathology at a national level largely depends on the existence of a national Society of Neuropathology yet not present in each country and even if a national Society of Neuropathology does exist, “core” CME for neuropathologists is chiefly confined to annual meetings of the society and an occasional CME meeting addressing parts of neuropathology, such as brain tumours or myopathology. Thus, compared to larger and clinicomedical specialties, “core” CME opportunities for neuropathologists are rather scant. Over the years, Euro-CNS attempted to reduce these shortcomings of neuropathological CME. Courses on the main topics were organized, up to 2x per year. The topics were:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Tumours of the Central Nervous System and its Coverings
  • Muscle and Peripheral Nerve Pathology
  • Leukoencephalopathies
  • Developmental Neuropathology
  • Muscle and Peripheral Nerve PathologyAfter the first time, most courses were repeated with updates in respective topics, consisting of alternating oral presentations and microscope studies, in conjunction with written hand-outs and course books, one of the microscopic cases studied with ample illustrations and one with publications for supplementary reading. The number of participants reflects the necessity for such courses in CME in Neuropathology throughout Europe, but also trainees and neuropathologists from the US, Australia and Asia have attended.

(excerpt from a report by Prof. Hans Goebel, Mainz, Germany)