Invitation to the 16th International Endoscopic Neurosurgery Workshop, organised by prof. Dr. J. Caemaert

Dear colleagues,
Dear friends,

First of all, I want to express to you my best wishes for a safe, healthy and productive 2012…

For those among you who do not know me, let me introduce myself ... My name is Prof. Jacques Caemaert and I have been active in the field of endoscopic neurosurgery since 1986, when we designed and developed the Caemaert Wolf Endoscope. During seven years we have been modifying the original concept and came after 5 prototypes to the actual instrument. A large number of working instruments was also developed for use through the working channels of the endoscope. From 1993, we presented the endoscope and the results on many international congresses and workshops all over the world and the instrument is widely accepted as a dedicated very well functioning neuro-endoscope. Some time ago, we also produced a DVD as a digital users’ manual of the neuroendoscope, containing a detailed description of the endoscope, its application in the theatre and a number of typical indications illustrated by video. You will receive a free copy of the DVD at the workshop.

As an annual tradition, I’m organizing the 16th edition of the International Endoscopic Neurosurgery Workshop, in Ghent (Belgium) on 13, 14, 15 and 16 May 2012. This workshop is accessible for neurosurgeons and neurosurgical nurses. During the past 15 years, I organized 15th editions of this hands-on workshop. I had the honour to welcome a wide variety of nationalities in my workshop and already met participants from 62 different countries and 382 cities all over the world. With the 16th workshop in May 2012, I want to offer again each participant a hands-on training in the application of endoscopic instruments for a broad spectrum of indications. There will be interactive teaching videos and discussion on operative techniques. We will demonstrate the organisation of the operation theatre and the role of the scrub nurse. During the course there will be practice on phantoms and anesthetized rats with full equipment of all instruments, video, bipolar coagulation and laser. There will be a complete installation per two participants.

The social program of the workshop embraces the city of Ghent by highlighting the best it has to offer. Nowhere else you will find so much history per square metre in a pedestrian historical city centre. A city embedded in the Middle Ages when Ghent was, next to Paris, the second largest town north of the Alps. In Ghent pounds the young heart of a dazzling city of culture full of music, theatre, film and visual arts. Ghent is a city where cultural perspectives are constantly renewed and enlarged, where culture is a feast and where feasting is a form of culture. And also let’s not forget the people, for they undoubtedly add to the unique atmosphere in our sparkling city of culture. I must proudly say that it was for good reason that Ghent was recently voted third most authentic historical city center worldwide by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine.

For those among you who would like to participate or would like some more information, feel free to consult our website ( Online registration will be active today, untill 23 April 2012. Please do not hesitate to registrate because places are limited due to the huge respons of the past years ! If you do not have access to the internet, you can consult our tri-fold brochure in annexe.

When you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the course secretary : ilse.noterman chez