Dear colleagues, dear friends,
It is my utmost honour, pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the Second Theoretical, Practical & Hands-on International Course in Peripheral Nerve and Brachial Plexus Surgery, which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from October 31st to November 3rd 2017. 
Building on the great success of its predecessor held in Leon, Spain last year, this important educational event – organized by the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), this time in cooperation with the Clinic for Neurosurgery at the Clinical Center of Serbia, Institute for Anatomy at the Belgrade University School of Medicine, Serbian Neurosurgical Society, and Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society – comprises a hands on cadaver course, the first of its kind in the field of peripheral nerve surgery in Southeast Europe. In line with the current trends in the world of neurosurgery, the course offers an outstanding platform for advancing highly specialized knowledge and skills towards the subspecialization in peripheral nerve surgery, grounded in the synergy and collaborative practice of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, hand surgeons and microsurgeons. 
Appreciating the exceptional opportunity to perform hands-on skills training activities using cadavers, we thank the Belgrade University School of Medicine, especially the Institute of Anatomy, for all the support in creating the conditions to conduct this groundbreaking course, which will contribute to further high CME and CPE ranking.
We also thank the WFNS Preripheral Nerve Surgery Committee, especially the chairman Mariano Socolovsky, for acknowledging the merit and reputation of the Department of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery and Pain Management Surgery at the Clinic for Neurosurgery, Clinical Centre of Serbia. At this point it is worth recalling the famous quote by the American anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens will change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” We are glad to see that the 25-year-long dedicated efforts of a small group of committed neurosurgeons from Serbia, whose doyens include Miroslav Samardžić and late Zoran Roganović, have made Belgrade clearly visible on the world map of peripheral nerve surgery. This course bears witness of our commitment to keeping up to that legacy and facing the new challenges in the field. It is a welcome addition to the long list of the continued activities organized by the WFNS PNS Committee around the world over the past decade with active participation of the representatives from Serbia. With a view to the future, we cherish the remarkable professional collaboration and friendship in the Committee, and thank all the relevant institutions, as well as industry partners, for supporting our endeavours aimed at a better neurosurgery of tomorrow.
The course features a rich and dynamic programme, with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach, covering a range from basic to innovative aspects of peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery in a stimulating way. The faculty include over forty world’s leading experts from various pertinent disciplines.
Hence, and additionally in view of the fact that the host city of Belgrade is well known for its hospitality, I am confident that this event will open new perspectives and result in a memorable mind and soul enriching interprofessional and interpersonal exchange.
Prof. dr Lukas Rasulić
Course Director
SNSS President,
School of Medicine University of Belgrade Head of Department of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery and Pain Management Surgery, Clinic for Neurosurgery, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
Vice-Chairman of the Peripheral Nerves Surgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS),
SeENS President








Dear colleagues and friends:

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Second Theoretical Practical & Hands-On Course on Peripheral Nerve Surgery.

The Peripheral Nerve Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies has been working actively over the last several years to increase the number of surgeons dedicated to surgically correcting pathology involving the peripheral nerves and plexuses. Thanks to the active participation of many specialists from different parts of the world, the committee has developed a number of activities, which include two books, a free online course (2015-2016) and several educational activities during WFNS Congresses.

The interest that has arisen in peripheral nerve surgery has, in turn, spurred the creation of a general course that includes all aspects of the subspecialty, from basic knowledge to all the surgical procedures, including those that are the most complex.

The First Course was held in the city of Leon, Spain, in 2016, and it was hugely successful, both in the number of participants and speakers. Therefore, we have decided to organize a Second Course in Belgrade, Serbia. For this second conference, the number of speakers has increased, as have the number of conferences and topics. We are firmly convinced that this constitutes a unique opportunity for those interested in peripheral nerve surgery to meet many of the most renowned names in that field worldwide, all together in an informal setting where scientific discussions and direct interactions between speakers and participants is assured. Any surgeon interested in peripheral nerve and plexus surgery, whether experienced or just a beginner, will surely find this course of tremendous use.

I want to sincerely thank Professor Lukas Rasulic and his team, first for accepting the huge responsibility of organizing this course; and second, for having worked so hard since then to ensure the best experience possible.

I also want to thank all of the speakers who have agreed to participate and generously share their knowledge. They have travelled here from different countries all around the world, each making a personal effort that deserves our recognition and gratitude.

Finally, I want to welcome all neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, orthopedists, microsurgeons, physiatrists, physiotherapists, neurologists and other interested clinicians to take part in this special and highly-unique event. I firmly believe that they all will return home with their head full of new knowledge that they can readily apply in their clinical practice, to the benefit of their patients.

Dr Mariano Sokolovsky
Course Director,
Chairman, Peripheral Nerve Committee, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
Director, Peripheral Nerve & Plexus Surgery Unit, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Buenos Aires Argentina







Dear colleagues, dear friends!

It is my pleasure and honor to have this opportunity to welcome you to the “2nd Theoretical and Practical International Course In Peripheral Nerve &Brachial Plexus Surgery“, which partially will be held at our Institute of Anatomy ”Niko Miljanic“.

This is the first course of the kind that involves anatomy, as the basic subject, in the practical part of skill practice. Hic mortui vivos docent, the old Latin proverb, „Here dead instruct living persons“, means that the bodies of deceased, with all necessary respect, could serve us to educate students and doctors in the attempt to reach the excellence in medical profession. Our Institute is the oldest among all institutes and clinics of the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine. It was definitely built in 1927, but the construction started in 1921, on the base of the plans brought by our founder, Prof. Niko Miljanic, whose name our Institute wears proudly from 2006.

Once again, I wish a fruitful educational course to all attendees and a pleasant stay in Belgrade, famous for its hospitality throughout the World.

Prof. dr Branislav Filipović
Chairman of The Institute of Anatomy “Niko Miljanic”, School of Medicine University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia







Honorable guests and colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to greet attendants of “2nd Theoretical and Practical International Course In Peripheral Nerve &Brachial Plexus Surgery“ which will partly take place at the Institute of Anatomy "Niko Miljanic."

The aim of the initiative of professor doctor Lukas Rasulic is interactive exchange of knowledge between us here, in Serbia, and You, respectable foreign participants of this unique convention. Quotation of the Latin sentence by executive manager of this training course, professor doctor Branislav Filipović that "the dead teach living" (mortui vivos docent) will be shown in practice during this course with full respect of human material. In fact, for the first time on one medical training course, the anatomy will be included in full capacity after 90 years since construction of this building, in which practice part of lessons will take place. This training course, therefore, will give us not only chance for exchange and acquisition of the new knowledge, but also for beginning of incorporation of the anatomy as the basic science in the process of curing patients by the means of the neurosurgery.

Let us say it once again, "go forward in conquering of new knowledge," but we also wish you to enjoy during your stay in our city. I am sure that you will be cordially welcomed by your colleagues, and the city of Belgrade too.

Prof. dr Laslo Puškaš
Head of the Department for Anatomy, Institute of Anatomy “Niko Miljanic”, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia