Guest Speakers

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Wouter Schievink


Los Angeles, USA

Speaking on spontaneous intracranial pressure hypotension and the management of arterial dissections

Wouter Schievink earned his medical degree at the University of Amsterdam Medical School in 1989 and completed residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1997. This was followed by a cerebrovascular fellowship at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the UCI Medical Center, Irvine, California from 1998-2000. He began academic practice in neurosurgery in 1997 at the Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. There, he is the Director of the Microvascular Neurosurgery Program since 1998.

The research of Wouter I Schievink, MD, focuses on outcomes of complex cerebrovascular surgery, syndromes of spontaneous intracranial hypotension/spinal CSF leaks, as well as extracellular matrix proteins in intracranial aneurysms and cervicocephalic arterial dissections and models of intracranial aneurysms.

He has written and published extensively on cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular arterial dissections, and collagen vascular disease as related to the central nervous system. Schievink is also an expert and well published author on Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Syndrome. Schievink was the lead physician on the first ever successful attempt of using fibrin glue to reverse a coma.


Rees Cosgrove


Boston, USA

Speaking on MRI-guided focused ultrasound for movement disorders and epilepsy

G. Rees Cosgrove, MD, FRCSC received his neurosurgical training at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University where he specialised in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery. He spent 13 years at the Massachusetts General Hospital as the head of Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery before becoming Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lahey Clinic and then the Stoll Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He returned to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2015 as Chief of Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery to focus on his clinical activities, translational research and resident education. He was named Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program in 2016.

As a leader in academic neurosurgery, he is a member of the executive committee of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery; past president of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and an active member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons; the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; the American Academy of Neurological Surgery; and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr Cosgrove is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, 185 abstracts and 61 book chapters. He has been an invited guest lecturer over 180 times and a visiting professor at 56 different academic institutions around the world. D. Cosgrove has received a number of honors, including the Gold Medal in Surgery of Queen’s University, the Wilder Penfield Award of the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award of Harvard Medical School, an Honorary BA from Brown University and an Honorary Litchfield Lectureship from Oxford University. He has been named as one of America’s Top Doctors for the past 20 years and listed in the Global Directory of Who’s Who and International Who’s Who.


Eccles Lecturer

Pamela McCombe


Brisbane, Australia

Speaking on Gender Issues in Neurological Disease

The Eccles Lecturership in Neuroscience was established in 1992 to build relationships between the clinical and basic neuroscientists in Australia and New Zealand. The Eccles Lecturer presents at both the NSA Annual Scientific Meeting and the Australian Neuroscience Society Annual Scientific Meeting.

Professor McCombe is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Queensland. She trained in Neurology at Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, and then obtained a PhD from the University of Sydney. This was the start of her interest in Neuroimmunology. She is now a Neurologist at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Queensland. She is President-Elect of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists. Her research interests are broad and encompass autoimmune diseases of the nervous system as well as immune response to acquired diseases of the brain. She has published on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Guillain Barre syndrome and CIDP, stroke and motor neurone disease. She has a special interest in the role of gender and of pregnancy in neurological and immune disease.



Malcolm Hogg

Anaesthesia and Pain Management Specialist

Melbourne, Australia

The issue with opioids prescribing, including for post-operative pain

Dr Hogg is a Staff Specialist, Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Head of Pain Services, Melbourne Health. Dr Hogg supervises a co-ordinated range of services, linking in hospital acute and interventional pain management without patient multidisciplinary services. Therapies offered include interventional procedures for cancer and non-cancer pain, and allied health-based pain management programs. Research interests include early identification and management of people with acute pain at risk of developing chronic disabling pain.

Dr Hogg is a Past-President of the Australian Pain Society and current board member of Painaustralia. He is co-ordinating the Waiting in Pain project, a systematic investigation into the provision of persistent pain services in Australia.

Dr Hogg spent his early post-graduate years at Royal Melbourne Hospital, including the bulk of his Anaesthesia training. Overseas experience was gained at Mayo Clinic in USA, prior to 5 years at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals, for specialist experience in Pain Medicine. Upon returning to Victoria, Dr Hogg has developed a specialist pain medicine practice based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, with roles in student and specialist education, policy development and supporting outer-urban and rural services. A small private practice is developing to complement these roles, including collaborations with like-minded pain clinicians and providing complimentary services to surgical and anaesthesia colleagues.




Matthew Foote

Radiation Oncologist

Brisbane, Australia


Speaking on stereotactic spine radiotherapy in the management of spinal malignancy

Associate Professor Matthew Foote completed his specialist training in Brisbane in 2009. He then undertook further sub-specialist training in Gamma Knife® radiosurgery, stereotactic radiotherapy and neuro-oncology at the world-renowned Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto. Commencing at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2010 and Greenslopes Private Hospital in 2012, A/Prof Foote has special interests in stereotactic brain and body radiotherapy, neuro-oncology, head and neck cancer and cutaneous (skin) cancer. He represents Australasia on the Elekta Oligometastasis Consortium and has been elected to the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS). He was instrumental in establishing the Gamma Knife Centre of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and is Co-Director of the unit.