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May 18th - 20th, 2017 - Split, Croatia

8th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meeting with the Italian Society of Neurosurgery (SiNch)

On behalf of the Boards of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and the Italian Society of Neurosurgery, as well as the Organizing Committee, we have the pleasure of inviting you to the 8th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meeting with the Italian Society of Neurosurgery, to be held between May 18th – 20th 2017, in Split, Croatia.

The Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society, the most important neurosurgical event in Croatia, will once again bring together prominent Croatian and European neurosurgeons, as well as distinguished guests and speakers from all over the world aiming to share scientific knowledge and good clinical practices through lectures, discussions and e-posters. The 8th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society is jointly organized with the Italian Society of Neurosurgery with the scope of further strengthening the cordial and friendly relations among our Societies and individual neurosurgeons, and also contribute to the development of scientific partnerships between our countries.

The scientific program of our Joint meeting includes invited plenary lectures, oral presentations, thematic sessions called Meet the Experts and for the first time in the history of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society’s congresses, a pre-congress event, organized under the auspices of the University of Zagreb, School of Medicine.

We are proud and delighted to host the 8th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meeting with the Italian Society of Neurosurgery in the city of Split, the largest city of the beautiful region of Dalmatia. Split is ideal for assembling the neurosurgical communities of Croatia and Italy due to its cultural, geographic, transportation, and accommodation features. Its historical background and cultural heritage, as well as natural beauties of its surroundings will remind us once more that the Adriatic Sea is not a division, but a bond among our countries.

We invite you to take an active part in the scientific program of this remarkable Congress, but also to fully enjoy the social activities that we have in preparation for you.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Split.

  • Prof. Miroslav Vukić

    President of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society

  • Prof. Michelangelo Gangemi

    President of Italian Society of Neurosurgery

confirmed speakers

  • Professor Kenan Arnautovic, MD, PhD

  • Professor Frederick Boop, MD, PhD

  • Professor Paolo Cappabianca, MD, PhD

  • Professor Domagoj Coric, MD, PhD

  • Vatroslav Čerina, MD, PhD

  • Professor Vedran Deletis, MD, PhD

  • Professor Roberto Delfini, MD, PhD

  • Professor Alberto Delitala, MD,PhD

  • Professor Michelangelo Gangemi, MD, PhD

  • Professor Antonino F. Germanò, MD, PhD

  • Professor André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD

  • Professor Marijan Klarica, MD, PhD

  • Professor Angelo Lavano, MD, PhD

  • Ante Melada, MD

  • Professor Torstein Meling, MD, PhD

  • Professor Goran Mrak MD, PhD

  • Professor Nelson Oyesiku, MD, PhD

  • Simone Peschillo,
    MD, PhD

  • Professor Armando Rapanà, MD, PhD

  • Professor Krešimir Rotim, MD, PhD

  • Professor Karl Schaller, MD, PhD

  • Professor Franco Servadei, MD, PhD

  • Professor Volodimir Smolanka, MD, PhD

  • Professor Martin Smrcka, MD, PhD

  • Professor Bruno Splavski, MD, PhD

  • Professor Marin Stančić, MD, PhD

  • Professor Francesco Tomasello, MD, PhD

  • Massimiliano Visocchi, MD, PhD

  • Professor Miroslav Vukić, MD, PhD

  • Beverly Walters, MD MSc

  • Professor Shinya Yamada, MD, PhD


8th Congress of the Croatian Neurosurgical Society and Joint Meeting with the Italian Society of Neurosurgery (SiNch)

Symposium: Cerebrospinal Fluid Hydrodynamics

Moderators: Marijan Klarica, Miroslav Vukić

18:15 - 18:30 Grotenhuis André, Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics After Endoscopic Third Vetriculostomy
18:30 - 18:45 Gangemi Michelangelo, Napoli, Italy: Endoscopic Third Venriculostomy in Communicating Hydrocephalus PDF
18:45 - 19:00 Klarica Marijan, Zagreb, Croatia: Cerebrospinal Fluid Movement and Stable Gradients of Hydrostatic Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure in Different Body Positions PDF
19:00 - 19:15 Vukić Miroslav, Zagreb, Croatia: Factors Involved in Cerebrospinal Fluid Volume RegulationPDF
19:15 - 19:30 Yamada Shinya, Kanazawa, Japan: Visualization of Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics - MRI Time Spatial Inversion Pulse Method PDF

Chairs: Michelangelo Gangemi, Miroslav Vukić

09:00 - 09:20 Boop FA, Memphis, USA (AANS president): The World of Neurosurgery: Present and Future
09:20 - 09:40 Grotenhuis A, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (EANS president): Choosing the Best Approach to Suprasellar Lesions
09:40 - 10:00 Tomasello F, Messina, Italy (WFNS Vice president): A Changing Paradigm in Treatment of Posterior Fossa Meningiomas PDF

Chairs: Alberto Delitala, Bruno Splavski

10:15 - 10:30 Boop FA (USA): Contemporary Management of Pediatric Medulloblastoma (INVITED LECTURE)
10:30 - 10:45 Arnautovic K (USA): Cranio-Orbital Pretemporal Skull Base Approach to Sellar/Juxtasellar Lesions (INVITED LECTURE) PDF
10:45 - 10:55 Giarletta M, Masotto B, Marchioni D, Pinna G (Italy): Vestibular Schwannoma: Which Surgical Approach? PDF
10:55 - 11:05 Masotto B, Giarletta M, Marchioni D, Pinna G (Italy): The Trans-Canalar Approach: an Inovative Surgical Technique for the Removal of Small Vestibular Schwannoma PDF
11:05 - 11:15 Guk MO, Danevych LO, Mumlev AO, Tsiurupa DM (Ukraine): Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery of Pituitary Adenomas Invading the III Ventricle. New Challenge vs. Old Risks PDF
11:15 - 11:25 Jurlina M, Jednačak H, Biloš J, Peterković V (Croatia): Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Malignant Anterior Cranial Base Tumors (INVITED LECTURE)PDF
11:25 - 11:35 Peterković V, Melada A, Marjanović M, Jurlina M, Nemir J (Croatia): Surgical Management of Giant Pituitary Adenomas PDF
11:35 - 11:45 Nemir J, Mrak G, Paladino J, Heinrich Z, Marasanov SM, Desnica A, Lupret V, Peterković V (Croatia): Approach Strategy in Anterior Fossa and Parasellar Meningiomas PDF
11:45 - 11:55 Marasanov SM, Heinrich Z, Hršak H, Zibar Tomšić K (Croatia): New-Onset Hypopituitarism After Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Pituitary Adenomas PDF
11:55 - 12:05 Desnica A, Nemir J, Mrak G, Stambolija V, Lozić M, Gabelić T, Bujan Kovač A, Vodanović D (Croatia): Awake Craniotomy for Lower Grade Gliomas in Eloquent Regions – Our Experience PDF
12:05 - 12:15 Pašalić I, Domazet I, Nemir J, Peterković V, Vukić M (Croatia): Predictors of Patient Outcome After Spinal Ependymoma Resection PDF
12:15 - 12:25 Masotto B, Ceccaroni Y, Baietta S, Bonaldi E, Pinna G (Italy): Semisitting Position in Neurosurgery - a Controversy Not Yet Solved PDF
12:25 - 12:35 Radić I, Škoro I, Kovačević M (Croatia): Correlation of the CD 133 and VEGF Expressions with Celular Immunity PDF
12:35 - 12:45 Splavski B, Bagić I, Vrtarić V (Croatia): Prognostic Value of Simple Tumor Localization Scale in Assessing Surgical Outcome of Intracranial Meningioma PDF

Chairs: Francesco Tomasello, Krešimir Rotim

14:30 - 14:50 Deletis V, Zagreb, Croatia: Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Identification of Neural Structure Involved in Motor Execution PDF
14:50 - 15:10 Schaller K, Geneva, Switzerland: Surgery and Intraoperative Monitoring in Paralimbic and Limbic Gliomas PDF
15:10 - 15:30 Delitala A, Roma, Italy: Fronto-Orbital Approach to Anterior Cranial Base Lesions

Chairs: Roberto Delfini, Goran Mrak

15:30 - 15:40 Spetzger U, Frasca M, Eisen G, König A (Germany): First Individualized 3D Printed Titanium Cage for Cervical Fusion: Computerize Simulation, Surgical Planning, Manufacturing and Implantation PDF
15:40 - 15:50 Gioffrè G, Impusion A, Bobicchio P, Tacconi L (Italy): Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy: a Single Institution Experience PDF
15:50 - 16:00 Ercegović Z, Hodžić M, Moranjkić M (Bosnia and Hercegovina): Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery: Medical, Ethical and Economical Aspects PDF
16:00 - 16:10 Saftić R, Houra K (Croatia): Transforaminal Endoscopic Discectomy for Thoracic Disc Herniation PDF
16:10 - 16:20 Maraković J, Tomac D, Jeleč V, Romić D, Marčinković P, Orešković D (Croatia): Our Initial Experience with O-Arm Based Navigation System in Posterior Lumbar Fusion PDF
16:20 - 16:30 Rožanković M, Vukić M, Marasanov SM, Domazet I (Croatia): Efficacy and Long Term Results of a Single Level Discover Total Cervical Disc Replacement PDF
16:30 - 16:40 Domazet I, Nemir J, Pašalić I, Rožanković M, Vukić M (Croatia): Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine After Arthroplasty with Discover Artificial Disc – Preliminary Results of the Ongoing Study PDF
16:40 - 16:50 Ghadirpour R, Iaccarino C, Nasi D, Romano A, Ippolito S, Servadei F (Italy): The Hub and Spoke model in Neurosurgery to Improve Care and Reduce Costs: Utopia or Reality?
16:50 - 17:00 Lapčić M, Veršić Bratinčević M, Cvitković I, Bušić Ž, Ledenko V (Croatia): Chronic Subdural Haematoma and Warfarin – Changing the Paradigm PDF
17:00 - 17:10 Škarica R, Krpina H, Baković L, Karlo R, Francišković I (Croatia): Clinical Predictive Value od S100 Protein – Zadar General Hospital Experience PDF

Moderators: Paolo Cappabianca (Italy), Nelson Oyesiku (USA)

17:30 - 18:00 Extended Endoscopic Transnasal Approach to Skull Base Tumors (Paolo Cappabianca, Napoli, Italy; Ante Melada, Zagreb, Croatia PDF)
18:00 - 18:30 Endoscopic Approach to Pituitary Macroadenomas (Paolo Cappabianca, Napoli, Italy; Vatroslav Čerina, Zagreb, Croatia PDF)
18:30 - 19:00 Lumbar Endoscopic Discectomy (Gualtiero Innocenzi, Pozzili, Italy; Krešimir Rotim, Zagreb, Croatia PDF)

Chairs: Antonino Germanò, Goran Bajek

08:00 - 08:20 Walters BC, Birmingham, USA: Development of an Integrated Clinical Research Education Program for Neurosurgical Residents: a Case Study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham PDF
08:20 - 08:40 Oyesiku NL, Atlanta, USA: «Neurosurgery» - The Road Ahead
08:40 - 09:00 Meling T, Oslo, Norway: Modern AVM Treatment: Conservative Until Death Do Us Part?

Moderators: Karl Schaller (Switzerland), Torstein Meling (Norway)

09:00 - 09:30 Stroke Treatment – State of the Art (Antonino Germanò, Messina, Italy; Zdravka Poljaković, Zagreb, Croatia PDF)
09:30 - 10:00 Endovascular Treatment of Giant and Complex Aneurysm (Simone Peschillo, Roma, Italy; Marko Radoš, Zagreb, Croatia)
10:00 - 10:30 The Role of Bypass in Neurosurgery (Antonio Santoro, Roma, Italy; Goran Mrak, Zagreb, Croatia;)

Chairs: Marco Fontanella, Darko Chudy

10:45 - 10:55 Masotto B, Giarletta M, Pinna G (Italy): Brainstem Cavernomas: Retrospective Analysis of Our Surgical Experience PDF
10:55 - 11:05 Fontanella M (Italy): Treatment of Asymptomatic Cerebral Cavernous Malformations: The Proposal to Establish a Standardised International Prospective Registry PDF
11:05 - 11:15 Vukić M, Ozretić D, Radoš M, Marasanov SM, Rožanković M, Domazet I, Đurić KS (Croatia): Combined Endovascular and Surgical Treatment of Spinal Dural AV Fistulas PDF
11:15 - 11:25 Mrak G, Nemir J, Brgić K, Jednačak H, Zekan S, Pašalić I, Paladino J (Croatia): Surgical Approaches to MCA Aneurysms PDF
11:25 - 11:35 Marinović T, Dlaka D, Marčinković P, Romić D, Marinović V, Jeleč V (Croatia): Does the Size Matter: Anterior Circulation Aneurysm Size and Rupture Incidence PDF
11:35 - 11:45 Brgić K, Mrak G, Nemir J, Rožanković M, Desnica A, Lupret V, Paladino J (Croatia): Aneurysm Surgery: 20 Years Experience on 1510 Patients
11:45 - 11:55 Hodžić M, Moranjkić M, Ercegović Z (Bosnia and Hercegovina): Clipping Versus Coiling for Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysms: Single Institution Experience
11:55 - 12:05 Moranjkić M, Husejnagić H, Hodžić M, Korkut Dž (Bosnia and Hercegovina): Endovascular Management of CNS AV Malformations – Neurosurgical Perspective PDF
12:05 - 12:15 Poljaković Z, Šupe S, Matijević V, Alvir D, Bazina A, Starčević K, Blažević N, Ljevak J (Croatia): Intraventricular Thrombolysis in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoidal Haemorrhage – Single Center Experience PDF
12:15 - 12:30 Almahariq F, Raguž M, Orešković D, Dlaka D, Romić D, Marčinković P, Kaštelančić A, Chudy D (Croatia): Arousal Effect in Vegetative State and Minimally Conscious State Patients with DBS of CM-PF Nuclei PDF
12:30 - 12:45 Lavano A, Guzzi G, Messunan G, Gambini O, Franzini A (Italy): Treating Psychiatric Disorders through Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) PDF
12:45 - 12:55 Masotto B, Ceccaroni Y, Annicchiarico L, Pinna G (Italy): Surgical Treatment of Hemifacial Spasm PDF
12:55 - 13:05 Mrak G, Desnica A, Nemir J (Croatia): Resective Epilepsy Surgery PDF
13:05 - 13:15 Jednačak H, Pašalić I, Rožanković M, Domazet I, Nemir J, Gužvinec Z, Benjak V (Croatia): Our Experience in Treating Meningomyelocoele and Hydrocephalus: Recognizing the Need and the Optimal Moment for VP Shunt Insertion

Chairs: Angelo Lavano, Vlatko Ledenko

14:30 - 14:50 Smrčka M, Brno, Czech Republic: The Use of Hypothermia in Neurosurgery PDF
14:50 - 15:10 Smolanka V, Uzhhorod, Ukraine: Supratentorial Cavernous Malformation – Choice of Treatment PDF
15:10 - 15:30 Alexandrov AV, Memphis, USA: Diagnostic Ultrasound in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Intensive Care PDF

Chairs: Massimiliano Visocchi, Rade Škarica

15:30 - 15:45 Jurlina M, Biloš J, Jednačak H, Peterković V (Croatia): Endoscopic Endonasal Cranial Base Reconstruction (INVITED LECTURE) PDF
15:45 - 16:00 Rasulić L (Serbia): Iatrogenic Peripheral Nerve Injuries – Systematic Review, Surgical Treatment and Outcome (INVITED LECTURE) PDF
16:00 - 16:10 Jureško M, Škarica R, Krpina H (Croatia): Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychosis: Lesion vs. Symptom PDF
16:10 - 16:20 Đurić KS, Marasanov SM, Lupret V, Jurlina M, Mrak G, Melada A, Paladino J (Croatia): 3D Computational Technology in Cranial Neurosurgery PDF
16:20 - 16:30 Vukić M, Đurić KS, Marasanov SM, Domazet I, Nemir J, Tolić T (Croatia): Surgery of spinal schwannomas: five years of experience in a single center and a role of neuromonitoring
16:30 - 16:40 Janeš A, Chudy D, Škrlin J, Orešković D, Dujmović K, Dlaka D, Marčinković P (Croatia): Infections in Vegetative Patients After Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery at Dubrava University Hospital PDF
16:40 - 16:50 Stambolija V, Miklić Bublić M, Lozić M, Gužvinec Z, Vukić M (Croatia): Dexmedetomidine for High-Risk Neurosurgical Patient, an Alternative Technique for Reducing the Risk of General Anesthesia PDF
16:50 - 17:00 Kovačević M, Splavski B, Arnautovic K (Croatia and USA): The Value of Autologous Fat Grafting in Prevention of CSF-Related Complications Following Intradural Spinal Tumor Surgery PDF
17:00 - 17:10 Dlaka D, Chudy D, Romić D, Almahariq F, Kaštelančić A, Jeleč V (Croatia): Microvascular Decompression in Supinated Position for Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment PDF

Moderators: Beverly Walters (USA), Kenan Arnautovic (USA)

17:30 - 18:00 Cervical Arthroplasty – Yes or No? (Roberto Delfini, Roma, Italy; Miroslav Vukić, Zagreb, Croatia)
18:00 - 18:30 Surgery for Spondylotic Myelopathy (Massimiliano Visocchi, Roma, Italy; Marin Stančić, Zagreb, Croatia PDF)
18:30 - 19:00 Surgical Management of Thoracolumbar Fracture (Armando Rapanà, Caserta, Italy; Bruno Splavski, Osijek, Croatia PDF)

Call for abstracts (instructions for authors)

Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation should submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The abstracts should be submitted in English. The Scientific Committee will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for oral or poster presentation.
The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission to the Congress Service, Queen-Co, and of the entire communication thereafter.
Instructions for writing abstracts (MS Word or osX Pages)

  • abstracts should be written in English
  • abstract font: Arial 10 pts
  • abstract headline should be capitalized Arial 12 pts
  • author’s and co-author’s last name and first name initial without titles
  • author’s and co-author’s institution, city, and country
  • author’s e-mail address
  • abstract length: up to 350 words
  • text of the abstract: aim, methods, results and conclusion
  • linguistic accuracy is the responsibility of the author
  • previously published abstract will not be accepted
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: translation of symbols within online forms may not always be accurate - we recommend you transcribe symbols (e.g. β should be spelled out as ‘beta’, etc.)

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Notification of Acceptance of abstracts will be sent electronically to the corresponding author by March 1st, 2017

Abstracts should be sent to the following adress:


After receiving abstracts, the Scientific Committee will decide whether a submitted paper will be selected for oral or poster presentation.

Oral Presentation

  • presentation time: 10 minutes
  • invited speakers: 20 minutes
Speakers are kindly asked to prepare their computer presentations at least one hour before their lecture in the preparation room and deliver them to the Congress Secretariat technician.

Poster Presentations
Posters will be displayed in digital form on display panels. Posters may include text, figures and images. The authors are kindly asked to prepare and send their digital posters in the pdf format (portrait format, 70 (w) x 100 (h) cm) by May 1st, 2017 to


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Notification: Neurosurgical Congress 2017

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Mountain View President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs Kolinda Grabar Kitarović

under the auspices of

Minister of Health of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Milan Kujundžić
The Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Mr Milan Bandić
The Mayor of the City of Split, Mr Ivo Baldasar
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine
Split – Dalmatia County
Split – Dalmatia County Tourist Board
Tourist Board of Split
Tourist Board of Podstrana