Meeting Report: American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) 2022

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Key Points

  • The biennial meeting of ASSFN was held June 4–7 in Atlanta.
  • The conference was designed with daily plenary sessions followed by topic-based parallel sessions.
  • The parallel sessions included two focused ultrasound presentations.

The biennial meeting of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) was held June 4–7 in Atlanta. The conference, which is primarily attended by neurosurgeons, was designed with daily plenary sessions followed by topic-based parallel sessions on pediatric neuromodulation, functional neuro-oncology, advances in movement disorders, advances in epilepsy, controversies in neuromodulation, advancements in pain, cognitive and affective neuromodulation, and Valley of Death. Focused ultrasound presentations were included in the functional neuro-oncology and movement disorders tracks.

Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD, from Washington University in St. Louis presented on focused ultrasound for liquid biopsy and chemotherapy potentiation. Prof. Jose Obeso, MD, PhD, from HM CINAC in Madrid presented focused ultrasound treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The parallel sessions on June 5 that included focused ultrasound are outlined below.

Parallel Session 2: Functional Neuro-oncology
Moderators: Carl Hacker, Shabbar F. Danish
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe noninvasive functional brain mapping techniques
  • Name invasive functional brain mapping techniques
  • Discuss stereotactic techniques for brain tumor mapping

Presentations:

  • Resting State fMRI and Passive Brain Mapping for Tumor Surgery by Yanmei Tie
  • Novel Behavioral and Cognitive Tasks for Stimulation Mapping by Michael E. Sughrue
  • Laser for Metastatic Lesions by Ian Yu Lee
  • Focused Ultrasound, Liquid Biopsy, and Chemotherapy Potentiation by Albert H. Kim
  • Open Papers

Parallel Session 3: Advances in Movement Disorders
Moderators: Suneil K. Kalia, Zelma HT Kiss
Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss use of closed-loop programming of DBS in movement disorders
  • Describe image-based DBS programming techniques
  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of focused ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease

Presentations:

  • Closed Loop DBS for Movement Disorders by Stephanie Cernera
  • Cortical Stimulation for Treatment of Mood in Parkinson’s Disease by Coralie de Hemptinne
  • Image-based DBS Programming by Alfonso Fasano
  • Focused Ultrasound for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease by Jose Obeso
  • Open Papers

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