Olaf Schijns - Bio

Olaf Schijns - Bio

Olaf Schijns

Chair a.i. of the Section of Functional Neurosurgery

Per August 1st 2020, Dr Schijns starts as the chair a.i. of the EANS Section of Functional Neurosurgery. Below, Dr Schijns wants to wellcome all individual EANS members with a short introduction about himself and a mission statement for the Section of Functional Neurosurgery.

Dr Schijns qualified from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands and trained in Neurosurgery in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He completed his specialist training in 2005. In the period 2006-2007 he trained as a fellow in Epilepsysurgery at the University Hospital Bonn, Germany, under the supervision of prof. Johannes Schramm. At the end of 2007 he started as a consultant / neurosurgeon at the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) and the comprehensive epilepsy centre Kempenhaeghe, Heeze, The Netherlands. Both institutes nowadays work together in the Academic Centre for Epileptology (ACE).

His main areas of expertise are Epilepsysurgery and Neurooncological surgery.

His research training was supported by the Dutch Brain Foundation and the Dutch Epilepsy Foundation, first as a researcher in the field of epileptology, gaining his doctorate from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1998 and, subsequently as a clinical fellow in Epilepsysurgery in Bonn, completed with his PhD in the field of Epilepsysurgery in 2016 at the University Maastricht. For the research part, he works as a staff member / assistant professor in the research institute School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of the University Maastricht.

As a practising neurosurgeon Dr Schijns has introduced together with the Epileptology team of the ACE, the Stereo-EEG technique (S-EEG) as an instrument for invasive EEG diagnostics in chronic epilepsy in the Netherlands in 2008. Since 2016 the ACE epilepsysurgery team started to use the S-EEG-thermocoagulation technique with success also as a minimal invasive curative therapy modality for patients with chronic epilepsy.

He is principle investigator of the EpiUltra study, which starts soon and aims to identify subtle cortical and subcortical lesions on ultrahigh field MRI (UHF-MRI) in candidates for epilepsysurgery who are 3T MRI negative.

The purpose of the functional section is to bring the different aspects of functional neurosurgery in the spotlight for all European (young) neurosurgeons and trainees and be a support for colleagues in this field.

In order to reach this goal, we will try to increase the visibility of functional neurosurgery and strive for the highest quality in the three pillars of academic healthcare, namely 1. clinical patient care, 2. research and 3. educational training.

Dr Schijns and the members of the Section Board encourage all individual EANS members with an interest in Functional Neurosurgery who actively want to support the section with their ideas and/or become a member of the different section committees to contact them.

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