Pediatric Neurosurgery Committee Report
Nelci Zanon, Chair; Federico Di Rocco, CoChair
Pediatric Neurosurgical Committee (PNC) activities were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic like the rest of the world. In 2020 we could have some “normal” activities only in the beginning of the year, mainly, January and February.
The PNC was privileged to co-sponsor 3 in-person activities out of more than 10 that had been scheduled but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19:
After the COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdown, the PNC co-sponsored – with several other international pediatric associations – on-line meetings, webinars, and discussions on different platforms, predominantly on Zoom.
We want to highlight two events which drew a consensus that prevention of non-accidental trauma and suicide need increased attention in pandemic and post-pandemic times:
These events promoted the continuity of the SALV (Suicide Accident Law and Violence), event with multidisciplinary discussions on non-accidental trauma. The first event was in São Paulo in 2018, the second event was Recife in 2019 - both events in Brazil.
In 2020, the PNC developed a dedicated website that met virtually by Zoom platform. The first web meeting on development and planning the Website was held on Zoom on June 24, 2020, with an international voluntary group: Nelci Zanon, Albert Tu, Federico Di Rocco, Griselda Ramires, Ricardo Santos de Oliveira, Gonzalo Castillo, Gleice Salibe de Oliveira and Eylem Ocal. This group worked individually and together on a monthly basis, on Zoom, to solve the assigned tasks. The aim was to create a website for the PNC activities but also a platform for everyone interested in neurosurgery taking care of children around the globe. We developed a logo and linked the PNC website to the WFNS website. Dr Albert Tu is our website developer.
With this webpage we aim to develop collaborations worldwide with a list of Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowships, and available services in all countries with links to their institutions. We also aim to have a comments section (like a blog) for people to send questions and comments to the website – to develop bridging across institutions and provide for neurosurgeons who live in remote areas a tool to reach their colleagues. When more people have joined us, in a volunteer way, we then will open doors to other social medias (YouTube channel, Whatsapp group, and email are already activated).
The website is available at: https://pedneurosurg.org/
Email can be sent to: [email protected] or [email protected]
With this platform we also offer neurosurgeons who live in remote areas the WFNS Pediatric Committee Webinars on Demand. We propose a new webinar series titled “Basic Principles of Pediatric Neurosurgery: How I do it” to general neurosurgeons dealing with children in countries and regions where access to subspecialty pediatric neurosurgery care is limited or absent. These webinars would be “on demand”, this is, the neurosurgeons can ask for a specific topic of pediatric neurosurgery that interests them. The topics to be covered could be CSF circulation disorders – hydrocephalus, cysts…malformations as spinal dysraphisms – myelomeningocele, lipomas...skull abnormalities – encephaloceles, cutis aplasia, craniosynostosis...- oncology, brain tumors, spinal tumors…neurotrauma etc. They may ask for a webinar on one of these specific topics (or any other from pediatric neurosurgical field) and the PNC will organize a webinar with an ad hoc faculty. The scope of this webinar is to build interaction with these surgeons who work in regions where they have to deal with pediatric patients but without a pediatric neurosurgery setting. They just need to send an email to: [email protected] or download the invitation letter on our website pedneurosurg.org to find alternate contacts. The PNC will offer them a tool to reach to specialized neurosurgeons in pediatrics.
The WFNS PNC is also planning to develop with the EANS Pediatric Committee and ESPN some events dedicated to “What a general neurosurgeon needs to know on pediatric neurosurgery”. We plan to co-sponsor a course September 9-10, 2021, in Zagreb, Croatia (probably hybrid) organized by Profs Sergey Gorelishev, Miroslav Gjurasin and Federico Di Rocco on pediatric neurosurgical emergencies for general neurosurgeons.
Below are 2 pictures:
1- Kolkata, India, February 2020, our last presential meeting before pandemic times
2- Online Website working group, Pediatric Neurosurgical Committee 2020
WFNS Central Office
Českomoravská 2510/19, 190 00 Prague Czech Republic.
Tel: +420 607 009 572
E-Mail: [email protected]