Advanced Hands-on Course in Skull Base Surgery 2024


All practical exercises listed here will be introduced by a topic-related 20-minute scientific lecture.

Thursday, 16 May 2024

Anterior skull base & anterior CCJ

8:00       Welcome Prof. J.F. Cornelius

8:05       Scientific Lecture Prof. R. Daniel

8:25       Practical part: Fronto-lateral approach & minimally invasive variants, subtemporal approach & anterior petrosectomy

13:00    Lunch

14:00    Scientific Lecture Prof. M. Bruneau

14:25    Practical part: Fronto-temporo-orbito-zygomatic approach; clinoidectomy & sinus cavernosus Antero-lateral approach to CCJ and management of the vertebral artery

18:00    Debriefing

Friday, 17 May 2024

Posterior skull base & posterior CCJ

8:00       Scientific Lecture Prof. D. Paraskevopoulos

8:25       Practical part: Retrosigmoidal approach & opening of the internal auditory canal Posterior midline, supracerebellar-infratentorial & telo-velar approach

13:00    Lunch

14:00    Scientific Lecture Prof. T. Meling

14:25    Practical part: Postero-lateral approach to the CCJ (far lateral approach and variants), C1& C2 and anatomy of the vertebral artery, landmarks of screw placement C0-C4 for Occ Cerv Fusion

18:00    Debriefing

Saturday, 18 May 2024

Lateral skull base

8:00       Scientific Lecture Dr. Giammatei

8:25       Practical part: Posterior petrosectomy & variants, strategic planning in complex skull base surgery, peri-operative management & intra-operative monitoring, complication prevention & trouble-shooting

12:00    Lunch

13:00    Free section

15:00    Farewell

All faculty members (see below) will be available the whole day to support the participants during the practical exercises and to answer questions.

Invited Faculty


Prof. M. Bruneau, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital UZ Brussels

Prof. R. Daniel, Head of Skull Base Surgery and Neurovascular Surgery, Lausanne University Hospital

Prof. T. Meling Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet University Hospital, Copenhagen

Prof. D. Paraskevopoulos, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, Queen Mary University, London

Dr. L. Giammatei, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, Lausanne University Hospital

Dr. L. Trudeau, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital CHU Nord Marseille


Local Faculty (Neurosurgical Department of the University Hospital Duesseldorf)


Prof. J.F. Cornelius, acting Chairman

Prof. Th. Beez, Head of paediatric neurosurgery, Vice chairman

Prof. K. Beseoglu, Head of Neurosurgical Intensive Care

Scientific Organization

Prof. J.F. Cornelius

Dr. Simon Schieferdecker

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