EANS Cranial Step I HandsOn Course

Message from Course Chairmen Prof. Torstein R. Meling and Prof. Martin Smrcka:

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the third EANS Basic Course in Cranial Surgery in Brno. The event will be held from 19th to 22nd November 2019 and is organized in the Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic. 

This dissection course is most suitable for neurosurgical residents in their first years of training as it will focus on the essential neurosurgical anatomy, the planning of surgical procedures, the handling of basic neurosurgical equipment, and the basic neurosurgical cranial approaches. The course capacity is limited to 20 participants.

Programme: Please click here to download the preliminary programme.

If you wish to pre-register, please contact martina.degregorio@eans.org.

Course dates:
 19 November (arrive in time for welcome reception) – 22 November 2019

The course will take place at Masaryk University Brno, Faculty of Medicine, Anatomy Institute, Kamenice 3, 62500 Brno, Czech Republic

Target audience:
All levels, but of the most benefit for neurosurgical residents in their first years of training.

Participants will learn the essential neurosurgical anatomy, the planning of surgical procedures, the handling of basic neurosurgical equipment, and the basic neurosurgical cranial approaches. Please click HERE for a more complete list. 

Course directors:

Prof Torstein R. Meling (NO) and Prof Martin Smrcka (CZ)


Torstein R. Meling (N0)
Martin Smrcka (CZ)
Jiri Fiedler (CZ)
Ondrej Navratil (CZ)
Vladimir Priban (CZ)
Saulius Rocka (LT)
Martin Sames (CZ)
Volodymyr Smolanka (UA)
Nikolay Velinov (BG)

Course Fee:

The course fees will be available soon.

The fee includes all tuition costs, subsistence during the course (lunches and coffee breaks) and the networking events listed below. Scrubs are provided. The fee does NOT include accommodation (please see accommodation suggestions below).

Networking opportunities:
 Welcome reception on Tuesday 19th November in the evening and Networking dinner on Thursday 21st November.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation up to 6 weeks before the course — no cancellation charge.
  • Cancellation between 5 and 4 weeks before the course — 50% of course fee cancellation charge.
  • Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the course — 100% of course fee cancellation charge (unless exceptional extenuating circumstances).

Accommodation suggestions:
 Campea Aparthotel, Studentská 1, Brno, 62500 - https://www.campea-aparthotel.cz

Travel: Brno has an international airport with particularly good connections to the UK (London Stansted and Luton) and Germany (Münich).

Participants can also arrive at either Vienna or Prague airports and take the train to Brno (slightly shorter transfer time from Vienna).

Please contact Martina De Gregorio for all inquiries.


First EANS Brno HandsOn Course 

The inaugural EANS Brno HandsOn Course took place from 28 November to 1 December 2017, led by Course Chairmen, EANS Training Committee Chair Torstein Meling and Chief of Neurosurgery Department of University Hospital Brno Martin Smrcka.

The format was immediately successful and received excellent evaluations from the participations. Please see the testimonials below.

All the attendees were hard working and enthusistic. The atmosphere was serious while working but in free time we made friends and had fun:-)

I want to thank you for this course. It was great! Maybe it can be even better if we have a little bit more time for our approaches. Because, while we are residents, we really like do it precisely like it was discussed. And maybe we are not fast enough sometimes. Also I want to mention that we had some problems with brain tissue during our dissections. I understand that's mostly because of the cadaveric status of the brain, but still if there is a way to improve it - it will even better than now. And I really want to thank all the faculty members. You were super friendly and useful during this course. I can't wait to meet you once again. Thank you! Thank you so much for everything, enjoyed every second.

It was absolutely great! And I wish you all the best!

Good timing, everything was well balanced, maybe a bit more time for dissections.

It was amazing how the faculty was interested and enjoyed the time with us. And how they helped, gave advice...