Building the future of ESMINT
23 September, 2014 - 23:33

Dear Colleagues, Friends, dear Members of the Society,

Five years have passed since the inauguration of our Society. During this period, we grew from 100 to over 500 members, and have just completed a hugely successful Annual Congress, with 631 registered participants. According to our mission, we managed to establish a strong and still growing cooperation with the neurosurgical and neurological communities in Europe. Our Website is active and providing a worldwide unique service in the form of the Device Directory. With all of these achievements, ESMINT is now likely the most influential organization of neurointerventionists in Europe.

The most significant recent milestone is the launch of ESMINT’s curriculum based, structured training in neurointerventional therapy. The first ECMINT course will be held in Oxford this coming December, organized by the ESMINT Educational Committee (Chaired by Dr. Shelley Renowden) and directed by Prof. James Byrne. It will be the only training activity organized by ESMINT. Unique in Europe, our Society will be able to teach all of the basic knowledge needed for neurointerventions and we plan to provide a UEMS approved European diploma to attendees who successfully complete the assessments which form part of the 4 courses in this 2 years cycle. The organizers of the previous ESMINT teaching courses will continue an advanced course, ANIC in Barcelona.

The primary aim of the newly elected Executive Committee (ExCom) is to continue to strengthening the impact of our Society on the practice of minimally invasive neurological therapy in Europe. This is of outmost importance these years with interventional treatment of ischemic stroke quickly becoming a routine practice. Not surprisingly, the new technology is spreading more quickly as the numbers of trained personnel grows. It is our responsibility now to preserve the leadership of highly trained neurointerventionists in this field. The only way to do that is to take the lead in training and the commissioning of clear guidelines, both of which is now on the way. The ExCom will continue its work in the other territories that we were involved in the past. I would like to strongly encourage all of you to contribute to the ExCom’s activities according to your personal capacity and interest. You can do that easily by contacting the chairpersons of the respective Committee.

On behalf of the new Executive Board, I would like to thank you very much for all your contributions in previous years, particularly to the members of the previous Executive Committee and specifically to the retiring Executive Board members; Professors Christophe Cognard and Isabel Wanke.

Wishing you great success and satisfaction in working with the ESMINT community,

Sincerely yours,

Istvan Szikora

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ESMINT introduces the new educational strategy of the Society
5 September, 2014 - 14:58

Starting in December 2014, under the name of European Course in Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ECMINT) ESMINT will be organizing a series of residential training courses in partnership with the Oxford Neurovascular and Neuroradiology Research Unit (ONNRU), Oxford University.

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The ESMINT Teaching Course established in 2006 by Isabel Wanke and Daniel Rufenacht, and being held in the past years in December in Barcelona will continue in the future as Advanced NeuroInterventional Course (ANIC,

About the Course

The European Course in Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ECMINT) intends to teach trainees in Intervention Neuroradiology all the elements of the specialty curriculum as defined by the Neuroradiology subsection of the European Union of Medical Specialist (UEMS): will be covered in the first cycle. The first cycle will comprise 4 courses to be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

The dates of the first Cycle of ECMINT will be:-

ECMINT 1: 15th to 19th December 2014.
ECMINT 2: 24th to 28th June 2015
ECMINT 3: 14th to 18th December 2015
ECMINT 4: 21st to 25th June 2016

Final Course details and Registration will be available at the Annual Congress in Nice in next month. Places will assigned on a first come basis to members of ESMINT and early registration is advised because they will be limited to ensure that students receive the highest quality teaching experience.

Participate in new survey to update guidelines for acute stroke patients
16 June, 2014 - 16:41

STIR/VISTA Imaging is conducting a new survey to collect information about the imaging and treatment decisions that are typically made in standard acute patients in centres across the world. If you wish to participate in the survey please click on the link below.

As a result of the survey updated guidelines for imaging and treatment decisions in acute stroke will be published. The results will also be discussed at the next meeting, Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy in Acute Stroke Treatment (TTST), October 18-20 in Heidelberg\Mannheim.

We hope you will share the link with your colleagues, thank you if you have already participated.

New issue of the Neurointerventional Newsletter
9 June, 2014 - 08:05

The May 2014 issue of the Neurointerventional Newsletter is now available for download by clicking the button below.

Download - Neurointerventional Newsletter, May 2014

Provided to ESMINT by Prof Michael Forsting & Stryker Neurovascular

Announcing the EJMINT Best Paper AWARD 2014
7 April, 2014 - 15:36

6th ESMINT Teaching Course 2013 - Dec 7-11, Barcelona
23 February, 2014 - 13:47

The 6th ESMINT Teaching Course was held in Barcelona in December 2013. This 5 day course provides participants with access to the latest practical and interactive training in the continuously evolving area of minimally invasive treatment for intracranial aneurysms, stroke and AV-fistula. 96 enthusiastic attendees from 23 different countries worked together with seminar teachers, participating in discussions in small groups of 10-15 people. An experienced and highly regarded faculty presented the latest knowledge about techniques and trends, supported by richly illustrated case material.

ESMINT Teaching Course 2013

Daily keynote lectures with esteemed speakers provided in-depth learning about 4D-DSA (C. Strother, C. Mistretta), the vascular anatomy of the brain and the spinal cord (T. Naidich), anti-aggregation in acute stroke endovascular treatment (L. Asmis) and a critical analysis on failings in current evidence in favour of mechanical thrombectomy (M. Forsting). An overview of ESMINT research activities was also provided (F. Turjman).

Participants were also able to attend practical skills training workshops hosted by four companies from Industry where they received individual demonstrations of state-of-the-art equipment and insights into the latest technical developments.

ESMINT Teaching Course 2013

As part of our commitment to education, ESMINT Society is also developing a curriculum in Interventional Neuroradiology and a certification along the ESMINT and WFITN endorsed standards published as "Training of Future Interventional Neuroradiologists - The European Approach" (Stroke. 2012; 43:2810-2813). These efforts are being coordinated in collaboration with the Division of Neuroradiology/Radiology Section UEMS.

Unlike the currently available ESNR diploma (EDiNR), it is our aim that this certification in Interventional Neuroradiology will be recognised by the European Board of Neuroradiology. (A collaboration involving ESMINT and UEMS/Division of Neuroradiology that was initiated following the publication of the UEMS standards).

If you are a member of ESMINT you can access the presentations from the course on our web site here. If you are not already a member we hope you will consider joining the ESMINT Society at your earliest convenience and becoming part of this joint effort to improve training and advance minimally invasive treatment of neurological diseases!

Course Directors
Isabel Wanke & Daniel Rüfenacht

Save the date for the 7th ESMINT Teaching Course:
Barcelona,  6-10 December 2014.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Highlights from the 5th ESMINT Congress
24 October, 2013 - 11:02

ESMINT Newsletter - Grey Matter
The Newsletter of the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy

István Szikora & Christophe Cognard

István Szikora & Christophe Cognard
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Last month in Nice we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the ESMINT Congress. This year's conference was particularly inspiring and educational thanks to the joint day with our friends from neurosurgery and the interesting discussions on stroke that gave us some important strategic directions for further studies. We also learned a great deal about the diversity of medicine from all over Europe.

Your case submissions make our meeting really interesting and useful so a huge thank you to everyone who participated; the sharing of your knowledge and experiences is very important for our society.

While the annual Congress is clearly a highlight of our society’s activity, ESMINT offers its members much more. By joining the society you can become part of a joint effort to improve and advance minimally invasive treatment of neurological disease, particularly at the dawn of successful treatment of acute ischemic stroke!

If you are already a member of ESMINT you can sign in to to view the case presentations and photos from this year's congress. If you are not yet a member, we urge you to join us; the sooner the better! It is worth being part of ESMINT now!

Thanks for coming to Nice, we hope to see many of you in Barcelona at the ESMINT Teaching Course soon in December.

Christophe Cognard
President of ESMINT

István Szikora

President of the 5th ESMINT Congress


ESMINT Congress 2013

Congress Highlights

The goal of this year's conference was to provide a platform for debate about the present and future of neurovascular disease management with perspectives from different specialisms.

A major highlight was the first ever joint meeting with the Vascular section of the EANS (European Association of Neurological Surgeons) and this new initiative was very much welcomed by the representatives of both interventional and open surgical neurovascular specialists.

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The audience at the 5th ESMINT Congress, 2013
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The two main topics of the joint meeting were the management of giant aneurysms and brain arteriovenous malformations. The surgical and interventional lectures on giant aneurysm disease gave clear insight to both surgical and endovascular reconstructive and obstructive treatment modalities.

Interesting case discussions followed and allowed for in-depth assessment of common problems related to this disease group. The AVM section focused on endovascular, surgical and radiosurgical management of brain AVMs.

On the second day we looked at acute stroke management, an area of increasing importance. The diverse group of presenters created a lively forum for a meaningful exchange of information, including topics like specific imaging, acute treatment modalities, new studies and future perspectives.

Based on the presented data a consensus was achieved that only well-designed studies, with accurate patient selection, are able to show the usefulness of acute endovascular stroke therapy.

On the final day our colleagues from Central-Eastern European countries highlighted the problems they face, and will continue to face while trying to implement state-of-the-art interventional therapies. The programme finished with discussions on intra-aneurysmal flow disruption modalities, intracranial venous disease management and skull-base tumor management.

A great strength of our meeting is its informal style with expert referrals on the hottest topics followed by difficult/interesting case presentations. Debate has always been a positive characteristic of our community, and this collaborative atmosphere ensured heated discussions continued throughout the three days!

Save the date for the 6th Annual Congress that will be taking place in Nice from the 4th-6th September 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!

Zsolt Kulcsar

ESMINT Congress 2013

Congress 2013 Case Presentations
24 September, 2013 - 14:39

Click here to review selected case presentations from the 5th ESMINT Congress (Members only)

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Latest Cases
5 September, 2013 - 10:19

Flow Diversion - Can we be sure the clot inside the aneurysm is stable?
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Dissecting aneurysm of the superior cerebellar artery. Consider our approach.
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ESMINT Device Directory
1 September, 2013 - 01:09

ESMINT Device DirectoryAnnouncing the BETA release of the ESMINT Device Directory

We are delighted to announce the BETA release of the new ESMINT Device Directory on the ESMINT portal.

Working together with our partners Cache Ltd and our colleagues from Industry we have developed a comprehensive portal for technical and educational information about the devices you use.

Access the ESMINT Directory here

Benefits of the directory include:

  • Get a better understanding of the devices you use and the latest product and industry news.
  • Get a quick summary of commercial devices from different Industry suppliers.
  • Save time and effort finding relevant up-to-date technical information.
  • Make effective comparisons between technical literature more easily.
  • Get fast access to publications relating to devices and results.
  • Access a portfolio of material for different treatment indications.
  • Show patients or relatives of patients the kinds of procedures that are used and how they are carried out.

How to access the directory

Click here to access the ESMINT Directory or click on 'DIRECTORY' in the site menu.

If you cannot remember your password you can request a reminder, or contact for further assistance.