Basic Neuropathology Course

The next Basic Course in Neuropathology is planned to be held as an in-person course in September 2024 in Aachen, Germany. 

The basic course in neuropathology is meant for those who do not have the benefit of structured neuropathological training for and in their professional neuropathological activities. The 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 tumours or white matter diseases. The course is also intended for medical specialists from general pathology, neurology or neurosurgery, who would like to get more insight in the field of neuropathology.

The first basic course was held from 10-14 March 2008. The home base for the course is normally the Institut für Neuropathologie, Universitätsklinikum der RWTH in Aachen, Germany. Subsequent courses were held there in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In April 2022 it was the first virtual-only version. Registrants could attend realtime, participate in the Q&A and various interactive sessions. They received 6 months acces to the recorded sessions, case materials and most powerpoint presentations of the abovementioned course. The next course (September 2024) is envisioned to be held as an in-person course.

The program typically has 6 themes:

  • General neuropathology
  • Developmental neuropathology & epilepsy
  • Infectious & inflammatory diseases of the nervous system
  • Neurodegeneration & prion diseases
  • Muscle pathology & metabolic diseases
  • Neuro-oncology

In these sessions experts in the various fields give overviews of the latest insights. In various ways interaction with the audience will be sought: Q&A, case discussions, polls and live demo of digital microscopy. Prior to the start of the course, the participants receive a link to case material which includes digital microscopy. For an impression of the content of the course, you can see the final program of the previous course (which was then virtual in 2022) here.

Prof. Wilfred den Dunnen, Chairman Euro-CNS Educational Committee
Prof. Joachim Weis, Co-organizer Basic Courses

ACCREDITATION (European CME credits (ECMEC®s)
Accreditation will be requested from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)  In addition, each participant will receive a Euro-CNS certificate of attendance.

Recognition in the USA and Canada:
Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA
Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Registration will open in spring 2024. The registration fee will cover  participation in the program, access to an e-learning module containing case material with digital microscopy, catering during the course days (breaks and lunch) and the course dinner. The course fee will be announced once registration opens.