IICN Meetings

Second Annual Neurological Surgery Symposium Highlights

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The second annual IICN Neurological Surgery Symposium took place on the 17th July 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

A wide range of topics were discussed and a wonderful series of talks were delivered by a panel of speakers on topics such as paediatric epilepsy, basic science research in near-oncology, cervical disc replacement , aneurysm clipping and coiling, neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery and invasive monitoring.

To view the meeting programme please click the link to follow Neurological Surgery Symposium 2015

Professor Harry Vinters (UCLA) and Mr Jibril Farah (Walton Centre) visited from abroad and delivered, like the other speakers, superb talks on neuro-oncology, cortical dysplasia and deep brain stimulation.

Pride of place went to the "Honoured Guest" of the meeting, Professor Michael Farrell, a legend of Irish medicine who has recently retired. He delivered a fascinating recollection of the significant neurosurgical events over the last 35 years and a prolonged ovation was delivered by the large attendance at the completion of his talk.


The IICN is most appreciative of the support of the following companies in sponsoring this Symposium

  • Tekno Surgical
  • MG Healthcare
  • De Puy Synthes

Professor Liam Grogan who delivered a lecture entitled “Update in chemotherapy and immunotherapy for brain tumours”, with Dr. Harry Vinters and Professor Michael Farrell
Professor Dan Healy with Mr. Philip O'Halloran and Ms. Catherine Moran

Mr. Neil Simms and Mr. Tom Flannery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, with Mr. Jibril Farah, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. Mr. Farah delivered a lecture on “The future is Deep Brain Stimulation- its expanding role for movement disorders and other conditions”. Mr. Flannery lectured on “When to use Stereotactic Radiosurgery and when not to use it”.

Mr. John Duddy, Mr. Philip O'Halloran and Mr. Wail Mohammed, Specialist Registrars in Neurosurgery, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Mr. O'Halloran delivered a lecture entitled "Novel molecular imaging of anti-angiogenic inhibition in combination with PI3k/mTOR kinase inhibitors, in a reproducible orthotopic glioma model". Mr. Neil Simms, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and Mr. John Caird and Mr. David Allcutt, Consultant Neurosurgeons at Beaumont Hospital Dublin.


Mr. Jibril Farah, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Director of Epilepsy Surgery, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK, who delivered a lecture entitled “The future is Deep Brain Stimulation- its expanding role for movement disorders and other conditions”

Dr. Harry Vinters, Professor of Neuropathology, University College Los Angeles, California, USA, who lectured on “How molecular diagnostics ‘refines’ histopathology to optimize brain tumour diagnosis and treatment” and “Cortical dysplasia: multidisciplinary studies unravel the mysteries of ‘epilepstogenic’ tissue”
Professor Catherine Keohane, Professor of Neuropathology, University College Cork, with Professor Michael Farrell and Mr. Donncha O'Brien, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital and Neurological Surgery Symposium meeting director

Professor Catherine Keohane with Dr. Harry Vinters


Professor Michael Farrell, Professor of Neuropathology, Beaumont Hospital who delivered a lecture entitled “Neurosurgery Observations over 33 years”

Professor Paddy Broe, recently retired Consultant Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital, pays tribute to his long time friend and colleague, Prof. Michael Farrell, on his retirement.

Dr. Jane Cryan, Consultant Neuropathologist, describes the rigorous education and teaching in the Department of Neuropathology at Beaumont Hospital, under the direction of Prof. Michael Farrell and Dr. Francesca Brett.

Mr. Steven Young, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital recounts the high standard of clinical medicine and collegiate support which Prof. Farrell delivered with great good humour.
Mr. Young delivered a lecture entitled “Cervical discectomy and replacement versus cervical discectomy and fusion, the evidence for each”

Professor Farrell enjoying the anecdotes of his colleagues

Professor Michael Farrell and Dr. Jane Cryan

Mr. Donncha O'Brien congratulates Professor Michael Farrell


Mr. Danny Rawluk, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital with Mr. Eddie Cousins, Business Development Manager, DePuy Synthes.

Mr. Ayman Khalil, Neurosurgical Registrar with Mr. Steven Young, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital

Mr. Kieron Sweeney, Mr. Badrisah Idris, Ms. Tafadzwa Mandiwanza, Ms. Orla Dunlea and Ms. Zaitun Zakaria, all Neurosurgical Registrars at Beaumont Hospital. Mr. Sweeney delivered lectures entitled “Delivery and delivery mechanisms for brain tumour treatment” and “The awake craniotomy experience in Beaumont Hospital”, while Ms. Zakaria delivered a lecture entitled “Combination Effects of Smac mimetic TL32711 With Temozolomide in in vitro and in vivo Intracranial Xenograft Glioblastoma Model”.

Ms. Sharon Trehy, Prof. Jack Phillips, Ms. Miriam Hunter and Ms. Breege Staunton all of Beaumont Hospital, with Dr. Harry Vinters
Dr. Shane Crilly Department of Neurosurgery and Dr. Jane Cryan, Beaumont Hospital Dr. Amre Shahwan, Consultant Neurophysiologist and Epileptologist, Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin with Professor Michael Farrell. Dr. Shahwan delivered a lecture entitled “The vision for pre-surgical work up of paediatric epilepsy; seeing the woods for the trees”


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