Welcome to the American Society and Joint Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery web site.

Upcoming Courses

IVth Noble Art of Lesioning Course, October 7-8 2017
Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Hands-On Workshop, November 10-12, 2017
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The ASSFN Spring Newsletter is now available. Click here to download

2016 Biennial Abstracts Available

Abstracts for the 2016 ASSFN Meeting are now available. Click here to download

Honor Your Mentor

You trained with the best, you succeeded and your patients have benefited. Now you can show your gratitude through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) by honoring a mentor who helped you achieve success in your field. By honoring a mentor, you are helping recognize the incredible people who have advanced neurosurgery. Each Honor Your Mentor fund has a specific purpose. Your gift will fund a research or educational endeavor in their name. This is your opportunity to acknowledge those who have established the specialty by aiding those who will follow.

To learn more about the honored mentors and the research they dedicate themselves to, please visit the Honor Your Mentor page for Roy Bakay and donate today. Don't see your mentor on the list? To establish a new fund, please contact Joanne Bonaminio at 847.378.0541 or via email at jmb@nref.org.

President's Address

The American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), serves as an affiliate joint section of the AANS and CNS and remains deeply involved in a variety of educational, organizational and advocacy activities, on behalf of North American functional neurosurgeons and our patients. It gives me enormous pride and pleasure to be the current president of the ASSFN.

Finish Reading more from Emad Eskandar, MD, MBA, FAANS

Poster Winners from the 2016 ASSFN Biennial Meeting

Single Neuronal Correlates of Subjective Opinion in the Human Prefrontal Cortex by Ziev Moses
Placement of Responsive Neurostimulation Depth Electrodes with Intra-operative MRI utilizing Real-Time Image Guided Neuronavigation by Jason Gerrard
International Tourette's Syndrome Deep Brain Stimulation Registry and Database by Alon Mogilner
Spinal cord stimulation improves gait in patients with Parkinson's disease previously treated with subthalamic nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation by Carolina Pinto de Souza
Processing of Emotional vs Non-Emotional Cognitive Conflict by Matthew Kamal Mian
Low Back Pain Relief with a New 32-Contact Surgical Lead and Neural Targeting Algorithm by Julie Pilitsis
Subcortical Targeting in Non-human Primates Using Magnetic Resonance Image Guidance by Jessica Bentley
Impact of Trajectory Planning with Susceptibility Weighted Imaging for Intracranial Electrode Implantation by Guilherme Barros

Research Highlights

The potential use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a therapy for dementia and the effects of DBS on memory have recently gained considerable attention. In a recent report, Suthana and colleagues have studied the effects of electrical stimulation in seven patients undergoing depth electrode implantation to map epileptic seizures. Read more

ASSFN Mission Statement

The mission of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery is to foster the use of image guided and physiologically guided surgeries that alter the function of the nervous system, for treatment of neurological disorders. The Society will improve patient care, educate neurosurgeons, other physicians, allied medical specialists, and the general public, support basic and clinical research, and provide a forum at national and international meetings to fulfill these goals. Through its meetings, the Society will also establish minimum standards for the performance of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. Read more

New Newsletter

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New ASSFN Leadership

ASSFN Officers have been updated.

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Upcoming Meetings

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ASSFN Journal