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Initial Management of a spinal injury

13th October 2020


Starting from the first documentation of management of spinal traumas in Ancient Egypt, this talk will guide medical students through the continuous evolution of spinal surgery up until nowadays. The fundamentals of medical and surgical management of those injuries will be thoroughly discussed, and so will be the future trends that will likely modify our diagnostic and therapeutic protocols in the near future.


Mr Mario Ganau

Mario Ganau is a consultant neurosurgeon at Oxford University Hospitals with interest in neurotrauma and complex spine surgery. This interest not only includes the surgical aspect of both subspecialties, but also extends to the related clinical and pre-clinical research. He holds a PhD in Nanotechnology and one in Biomedical Engineering, which largely contributed to his extensive research track. Following completion of postgraduate studies as global clinical scholar in research trials at Harvard Medical School, and a spinal fellowship at Toronto University, he moved to Oxford where he has been a key player in the development of a dedicated neurotrauma service.


Prof Puneet Plaha

Prof Puneet Plaha is Associate Professor and Consultant Neurosurgeon at Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His area of interest is setting up Novel clinical trials for brain tumours (Glioma), advanced brain imaging for brain tumours, novel technology to minimise morbidity during brain tumour surgery, endoscopic minimally invasive brain tumour surgery, awake surgery, Immunotherapy for glioblastoma. He is a keen teacher and has been regular faculty with the Royal College of Surgeon since 2012 teaching on their Operative Neurosurgery Course. He also teaches on National and International Cadaver brain White fibre Course for Neurosurgeons. He has been Clinical Lead Neuro oncology for Oxford and the Thames Valley since Aug 2012. He is Chair of the Neuro oncology Section of the SBNS since March 2019. He is also Associate Editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery.



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