International symposium on peripheral nerve repair and regeneration and 2nd club Brunelli meeting
© Turgut and Geuna. 2010
Received: 13 January 2010
Accepted: 9 March 2010
Published: 9 March 2010
The International Symposium "Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration and 2nd Club Brunelli Meeting" was held on December 4-5, 2009 in Turin, Italy (Organizers: Bruno Battiston, Stefano Geuna, Isabelle Perroteau, Pierluigi Tos). Interest in the study of peripheral nerve regeneration is very much alive because complete recovery of nerve function almost never occurs after nerve reconstruction and, often, the clinical outcome is rather poor. Therefore, there is a need for defining innovative strategies for improving the success of recovery after nerve lesion and repair and this meeting was intended to discuss, from a multidisciplinary point of view, some of today's most important issues in this scientific field, arising from both basic and clinical neurosciences.
Interest in the study of peripheral nerve repair and regeneration has increased significantly over the last twenty years since, while in the past most nerve traumas and diseases were not surgically treated, today the number of nerve reconstructions performed is progressively increasing due to the continuous improvement in surgical technology and to the spread of microsurgical skills among surgeons worldwide. Unfortunately, in spite of the impressive technical advancements in nerve reconstruction, complete recovery and normalization of nerve function almost never occur and the clinical outcome is often poor. It can be thus expected that the increasing number of patients receiving nerve surgery will represent an important stimulus for more research in this scientific field.
The additional file 1 is the compressed PDF of the proceedings of the symposium [see additional file 1]. Furthermore, the additional file 2 contains the slides of the keynote lecture from Professor Giorgio Brunelli [see additional file 2].
The symposium was organized as a low cost event and without registration fees, in order to facilitate the participation of younger scientists (PhD students, in-training clinicians, etc.), and total final attendance was much higher than expected reaching about 200 people. All scientific sessions were very active and the overall appreciation of the meeting was high among participants. There are thus plans to organize further events of this kind on a biannual basis.
- The International Symposium Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration and 2nd Club Burnelli Meeting [http://www.personalweb.unito.it/isabelle.perroteau/symposium2009/symposium2009.html]
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