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Maximal Safe Brain Tumor Resection:  Intraoperative Visualization and
the Connectome  
December 6-7, 2021
A SNO Virtual Conference

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A SNO Virtual Conference will take place December 6-7, focusing on intraoperative visualization of brain tumors and the connectome. Better visualization of brain tumors in addition to an understanding of connectomics and white matter pathways can permit maximal, safe resection of brain tumors. Maximal safe resection of brain tumors can lead to better patient outcomes. This Conference will include experts from both the North America and Europe providing the current state of intraoperative visualization of brain tumors by fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) for adult and pediatric brain tumors and new technologies which permit better tumor visualization in the OR. The Conference will also focus on connectomics and white matter pathways -- keys to neurosurgical planning, glioma invasion, neuroplasticity, and functional outcomes. Luminaries in the field will cover topics such as oncofunctional optimization, current brain mapping techniques, review of key functional pathways such as the frontal aslant tract that underlie syndromes such as SMA, and potential for recovery using techniques such as TMS.

Who Should Attend
Neurosurgeons, Neuro-oncologists, Neuro-radiologists, Neuro-pathologists, Radiation Oncologists, Researchers, Residents, Fellows, Post-Doctoral Student, Graduate Students, Medical Students, Undergraduate Students  

Learning Objectives

  • Receive introduction to FGS of brain tumors 
  • Discuss different fluorophores used for FGS of both adult and pediatric brain tumors 
  • Discuss visualization devices/technologies used for FGS 
  • Introduction of connectomics to neurosurgical planning, glioma invasion, neuroplasticity and functional outcomes 
  • Learn the key neural networks that determine neurological function as affected by brain tumors 
  • Review the modern techniques of brain mapping, and understand how AI and precision medicine converge in the management of gliomas 
Abstract Submission
The abstract submission deadline has passed. The conference organizers welcomed the submission of original research on the following topics:
  • Brain Mapping
  • Connectome
  • Fluorescence-guided Surgery
  • Intraoperative Tumor Diagnosis
  • Intraoperative Tumor Visualization Technologies
  • Tractography/White Matter Pathways
Accepted abstracts will be published in Neuro-Oncology.


Registration for this virtual conference is now open. Please click here to register. This is a non-CME activity.

Scientific Program Co-Chairs

Steven Brem, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Constantinos Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD
Mount Sinai Health System

Sponsorship Opportunities
This conference presents an unique opportunity to promote your organization to this highly specialized group of interdisciplinary professionals.  SNO is pleased to offer a variety of support opportunities with a range of price points to fit most any budget. For more information, please contact Megan Bell-Johnston