Basic Neuropathology Course

ANNOUNCEMENT ON 4 MARCH 2020: The Course has been withdrawn upon the strong recommendation of the Dept. of Hospital Hygiene and Infectiology at RWTH Aachen University Hospital. The continued spread of the Coronavirus throughout the globe, with a rather high number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the region Aachen, has caused concern about the safety of attendees traveling. Of course the savety of our attendees is our highest priority. Our organizer in Aachen, Prof. Weis, was all the time in contact with Prof. Lemmen, the head of the Dept. of Hospital Hygiene and Infectiology at RWTH Aachen University Hospital. A few hours ago, Prof. Lemmen gave the advise to cancel this course. Of course we shall follow up this advise and the course will sadly be cancelled. The fee for the course shall be refunded. The course Administrator has contacted all registered participants. All the organizers of the course  are very sorry and disappointed. We hope to see you again in another course and without the coronavirus .

ABOUT THE BASIC COURSE
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 tumors or white matter diseases. The first basic course was held from 10-14 March 2008. The home base for the course is the Institut für Neuropathologie, Universitätsklinikum der RWTH in Aachen, Germany. Subsequent courses were held in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The 7th Basic Course had originally been scheduled to take place from 17-20 March 2020. The new dates are not known yet.

PROGRAM
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.

ORGANIZERS
Prof. Wilfred den Dunnen, Chairman Euro-CNS Educational Committee
Prof. Joachim Weis, Local Organizer
Mrs. Astrid van Schendel, Administrator

ACCREDITATION
The course has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 27 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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. Click here for information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit.

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

REGISTRATION
This course was canceled on 4 March. 

The registration fee covers your participation in the program and also catering during the conference program.The fee is 975 Euro for Euro-CNS members (who paid their membership fees in 2019), and 1100 Euro for non-members. See travel grant information below.

Registrations will be accepted until the maximum number of participants has been reached. Upon receipt of your online registration, the Course Secretariat will contact you with a confirmation of your registration.

Payment should be received within 2 weeks of your confirmed registration. Please note: As it may happen that a course is fully booked, please wait for a registration confirmation from the Course Secretariat before you arrange payment.

Travel grants Euro-CNS
A limited number of grants of € 550 is available for young trainees in neuropathology. Preference is given to applicants from emerging countries in Europe. Candidates should be under 35 years of age and member of Euro-CNS and submit a letter from the head of department confirming trainee status. The grant application deadline is 7 February 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date. Notifications will be sent a day later.  If you apply for a grant – please indicate this in the online registration form. There are no separate grant application forms. The grant amount will be deducted from your registration fee.

Travel grants International Society of Neuropathology
If you are a trainee in neuropathology in a low-income country (and non-European/non-North American), we recommend that you apply for an ISN award that will help with covering the cost of travel and participation. For application details and eligibility please see the ISN website. Please note that the applications for ISN grants are handled and administered by ISN and that you need to register and pay normally for the Euro-CNS course.