Basic Neuropathology Course

The next Basic Course in Neuropathology is planned to be held in 2024. The exact format is not known yet.

Virtual Basic Course in Neuropathology from 20-22 April 2022
The 7th basic course was originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, but had to be cancelled due to the start of the COVID19 pandemic. Almost two years further in time, this pandemic was still negatively influencing our daily and professional lives. Therefore it was decided to organize a virtual basic course from 20 to 22 April 2022. After the live stream, it was still possible to register (until end August) and view the recorded sessions and receive an EACCME certificate as well. The registration fee was the same. Several grants, provided by the International Society of Neuropathology (for candidates from the countries in the list below), Euro-CNS, and the British Neuropathological Society (trainees in the UK), were provided to trainees.

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. Registration for the virtual Basic Course was possible until 31 August 2022. Registrants got acces to the recorded sessions, case materials and most powerpoint presentations of the abovementioned course. The registration fee was 400 Euro for Euro-CNS members and 500 Euro for non-members.

The virtual program consisted of 6 sessions:

  • 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 gave overviews of the latest insights. In various ways interaction with the audience was sought: Q&A, case discussions, polls and live demo of digital microscopy. Prior to the start of the course, the participants received a link to case material which included digital microscopy. You can download the final detailed program here (pdf). The timetable is in Central European Time (CET, ‘Amsterdam time’).

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

Colin Smith, Edinburgh
Homa Adle-Biassette, Paris
Marianna Bugiani, Amsterdam
Eleonora Aronica, Amsterdam
Maria Thom, London
Werner Stenzel, Berlin
Christine Stadelmann, Göttingen
Wilfred den Dunnen, Groningen
Gabor Kovacs, Toronto
Kristl Claeys, Leuven
Max Kros, Rotterdam
Christian Hartmann, Hannover
David Capper, Berlin

ACCREDITATION (18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s)
This course was accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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

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.

EACCME® credits
Each participant couldn only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her
actual participation at the event once he/she had completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23
of UEMS 2016.20.

The registration fee covered the participation in the virtual program and a 3-month period of on-demand viewing, as well as the use of an e-learning module containing case material with digital microscopy. The fee was 400 Euro for Euro-CNS members and 500 Euro for non-members. You are a Euro-CNS member if you are a member of a Euro-CNS affiliated Society that has paid its dues until at least 2021.

Low or middle income countries