The INES 2023 event gathered researchers from different countries in Campinas for training in neuropathology and neuroimaging, aiming at the diagnosis and treatment of focal epilepsy.
Text and Photos: Camila Delmondes. Originally published on the FCM Unicamp portal.
July 20, 2023
The International Society of Neuropathology (ISN), in association with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the support of the Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology (CEPID BRAINN), promoted the 12th International Summer School on Neuropathology and Neuroimaging in Epilepsy (INES 2023) from July 19 to 22 in Campinas, Brazil. The event took place at the Casa do Professor Visitante (CPV) at Unicamp and brought together postgraduate students, neurologists, and pathologists from Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, Bolivia, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Ukraine, the United States, and Russia.
The course focuses on the recognition and classification of brain lesions, integrating skills and knowledge from the fields of neuropathology and neuroimaging to provide a detailed diagnosis for the successful management of focal epilepsy. Over four days, participants engaged in practical activities for the interpretation of brain images obtained through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and attended lectures by renowned specialists from Brazil and Germany.
Neurologist Fernando Cendes – the lead researcher of CEPID BRAINN, head of the Department of Neurology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FCM) of Unicamp, and host of the event, along with Fábio Rogério, a professor in the Department of Pathology at FCM -, explained that compared to previous editions, INES 2023 places more emphasis on neuroimaging, aiming not only to discuss advances in research in this field but also to provide a moment of practical immersion.
A global reference in epilepsy-related studies, Fernando Cendes discussed the advances of the international scientific community in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease in recent years through events like INES, which aim to disseminate knowledge, especially among young researchers.
“The advances have been incremental. In recent years, we have had a new revision of the international classification of epilepsies, including pathologies that were previously not understood or diagnosed; we made progress in the field of genetics, identifying molecular markers for a more accurate diagnosis of epilepsy; and we reached a consensus in the international scientific community regarding the terminologies used, so now we speak the same language in various parts of the world [when it comes to epilepsy and its scientific findings in general]”, said Dr. Cendes.
As guests in the program, sharing their expertise, were present the professors Ingmar Blümcke, Roland Coras, and Stefan Rampp from Germany; Enrico Ghizoni, Helder Tedeschi, Clarissa Lin Yasuda, Iscia Lopes-Cendes, Fábio Rogério, Simoni Avansini, Marcus Vinicius Giglio, and Marina Alvim from Brazil.
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