60 years ago ....
On Monday, June 18, 1962, the first stereotactic operation was performed at the surgical university clinic in Graz. Stereotaxy is a special neurosurgical procedure that allows interventions to be carried out in the depths of the brain without opening the patient's skull. Only a tiny drill hole, a few millimeters in size, is necessary for this procedure. This innovative procedure allows diseases such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, or other movement disorders and the symptoms caused by them, such as tremor (shaking), rigidity (stiffness), or dystonic spasms, to be treated surgically. Hans Erich Diemath, then an assistant doctor at the Graz University Clinic, was the pioneer from the very beginning. His first patient suffered from tremor and was treated with a thalamotomy.
At a time when the medical treatment options for movement disorders were somewhat limited, the stereotactic method quickly gained popularity, and it was not long before these interventions were also carried out at other centers, such as in Vienna by Prof. Joseph Ganglberger. A few years later, Prof. Diemath became head of the neurosurgical department at the Christian Doppler Clinic in Salzburg, where he continued his innovative technique.
Stereotactic technology was the inspiration for many modern developments in modern neurosurgery, such as neuronavigation, neuroendoscopy and neuroradiosurgery. All of these procedures form the basis of modern neurosurgery today.
We are planning a virtual academic celebration this fall to honor the pioneer and commemorate the special event of June 18, 1962. The exact date will be announced here.
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There is hardly an event in the history of our planet that was as global as the Covid-19 pandemic. It will leave very formative memories for all of us. The social distancing that the pandemic imposed on us has significantly affected all generations, young and old, and in some cases also traumatized them. Even so, communication between people was less affected than expected during the pandemic. Thanks to modern technology, additional and very efficient communication channels have opened up. Inevitably, so to speak, but with an astonishing result: Suddenly, it was possible to communicate "on the fly." Conferences could take place more or less spontaneously without a long search for appointments, advance notice, and travel. You could attend international congresses without having to return home afterward. You could regularly meet friends and colleagues whom you only met sporadically before. All because suddenly, as a result of the pandemic, online communication was widely accepted.
Today, we do not know when and how the pandemic will end, but we already know today that we will not want to do without the new type of online communication. There will undoubtedly be big congresses, seminars, and face-to-face events again, but we will continue to appreciate the advantages of a short, manageable online event. We at Synapse-Vienna want to continue to offer exciting training courses in the future, exclusively online, at best as a hybrid event. With GTmed, we started more or less improvised with our NeuroCasts and PainCasts in the middle of the crisis; now, we want to continue improving this format at Synapse-Vienna. We want to prepare our events for after the pandemic—exciting topics, excellent speakers, never too long but regularly. Current results from science, delivered to your home, with the possibility to be there live or to watch the lectures later, in quiet, at best possible time.
In congresses and seminars, the lectures are bundled because there is a lot of information, usually over several days. That is the only way to compensate for a long journey and the time it takes to make an event happen at all. We do not need to bundle our events; each event is unique, short, and without an arrival and departure journey. This format also allows us to invite scientists we would probably never have brought to a lecture to us at conventional events. Be it because they would hardly have found their way to us purely in terms of time, due to their professional obligations, or that the topic was so specific that we could only have brought a few listeners together to an event. With our casts, both are possible: interesting speakers in front of a global audience. Corona made it possible.
Nevertheless, we look forward to our physical meetings in the post-Corona period! Maybe even in Vienna?