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  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Announces NEUROSURGERY® Publications 2020 Paper of the Year Winners

    • Aug 26, 2020

    August 26, 2020, Schaumburg, Illinois – The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) proudly announces the winners of the fourth Annual Paper of the Year awards, honoring the most impactful papers published in Neurosurgery from June 2019 to May 2020. The Paper of the Year awards highlight the collaboration between the CNS and Neurosurgery by calling special attention to papers that challenged dogma, created a paradigm shift, and/or encouraged surgeons to rethink approaches to patient care, big data, and trial results.

    The Top Paper of the Year was awarded to “The Risk of Peripheral Nerve Tumor Biopsy in Suspected Benign Etiologies” by Roberto J. Perez-Roman, S. Shelby Burks, Luca Debs, Iahn Cajigas, Allan D. Levi. This paper is also being recognized as the Peripheral Nerve Paper of the Year.

    “NEUROSURGERY® Publications is delighted to continue the Neurosurgery Paper of the Year awards for 2020,” said Dr. Nelson M. Oyesiku, Editor-in-Chief of NEUROSURGERY® Publications. “We are incredibly lucky to have the brightest minds in neurosurgery submit their original papers to Neurosurgery. It was difficult to narrow the field to the awardees, however we are confident the selected papers each constitute a significant contribution to our field. We are proud to spotlight these leaders in publishing.”

    Paper of the Year Section Level recipients are:

    • Paper of the Year: Cerebrovascular “Post-treatment Antiplatelet Therapy Reduces Risk for Delayed Cerebral Ischemia due to Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage” by Marvin D. Oppong, Oliver Gembruch, Daniela Pierscianek, Martin Köhrmann, Cristoph Kleinschnitz, Cornelius Deuschl, Cristoph Mönninghoff, Klaus Kaier, Michael Forsting, Ulrich Sure, Ramazan Jabbarli.
    • Paper of the Year: Neurotrauma and Critical Care “Multicenter Validation of the Survival After Acute Civilian Penetrating Brain Injuries (SPIN) Score” by Abdul G. Mikati, Julie Flahive, Muhammad W. Khan, Aditya Vedantam, Shankar Gopinath, Mina F. Nordness, Claudia Robertson, Mayur B. Patel, Kevin N. Sheth, Susanne Muehlschlegel.
    • Paper of the Year: Pain “Functional MRI Signature of Chronic Pain Relief from Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson Disease Patients” by Marisa DiMarzio, Tanweer Rashid, Ilena Hancu, Eric Fiveland, Julie Prusik, Michael Gillogly, Radhika Madhavan, Suresh Joel, Jennifer Durphy, Eric Molho, Era Hanspal, Damian Shin, Julie G. Pilitsis.
    • Paper of the Year: Pediatrics “Epilepsy Surgery in the First 3 Years of Life: Predictors of Seizure Freedom and Cognitive Development” by Navah Ester Kadish, Thomas Bast, Gitta Reuner, Kathrin Wagner, Hans Mayer, Susanne Schubert-Bast, Gert Wiegand, Karl Strobl, Armin Brandt, Rudolph Korinthenberg, Vera van Velthoven, Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Josef Zentner, Georgia Ramantani.
    • Paper of the Year: Socioeconomics, Health Policy, and Law:“Cost-Benefit Analysis of Transitional Care in Neurosurgery” by Jingyi Liu, Natalia Gormley, Hormuzdiyar H. Dasenbrock, Linda S. Aglio, Timothy R. Smith, William B. Gormley, Faith C. Robertson
    • Paper of the Year: Spine “The Impact of Alvimopan on Return of Bowel Function After Major Spine Surgery – A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Study” by Lauren K. Dunn, Robert H. Thiele, Michelle C. Lin, Edward C. Nemergut, Marcel E. Durieux, Siny Tsang, Mark E. Shaffrey, Justin S. Smith, Cristopher I. Shaffrey, Bhiken I. Naik.
    • Paper of the Year: Stereotactic and Functional “Stereotactic Lesion in the Forel's Field H: A Two-Years Prospective Open-Label Study on Motor and Nonmotor Symptoms, Neuropsychological Functions and Quality of Life in Parkinson Disease” by Fabio Godinho, Michel Magnin, Paulo Terzian Filho, Paul Reis, Osmar Moraes, Marivaldo Nascimento, Carlos Costa, Maira Okada de Oliveira, Maria Sheila Rocha.
    • Paper of the Year: Tumor “5-Aminolevulinic Acid Fluorescence Guided-Resection of 18 F-FET-PET Positive Tumor Beyond Gadolinium Enhancing Tumor Improves Survival in Glioblastoma” by Michael Müther, Raphael Koch, Matthias Weckesser, Peter Sporns, Wolfram Schwindt, Walter Stummer.

     All Paper of the Year authors are invited to present their work during a session of the CNS Visiting Virtual Professor webinar series. The first feature will be this week, with Dr. Julie G. Pilitsis presenting the Pain Paper of the Year on Thursday, August 27, 7:00 am PDT/9:00 am CDT/10:00 am EDT. To access the live non-CME session at the above time, click here. To register for the live CME version of the session, click here. This activity has been approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


    About NEUROSURGERY® Publications
    Neurosurgery, the official journal of the CNS, is your most complete window to the field of contemporary neurosurgery. Members of the Congress and non-member subscribers receive over 2,000 pages per year packed with the very latest science, technology, and medicine, not to mention full-text online access to the world's most complete, up-to-the-minute neurosurgery resource. Operative Neurosurgery features technical material that highlights operative procedures, anatomy, instrumentation, devices, and technology. Operative Neurosurgery is the practical resource for cutting-edge material that connects the surgeon directly to the operating room. Clinical Neurosurgery is the official register of the CNS Annual Meeting. It stands as a record of the previous year’s honored guest lectures and presidential address alongside a preview of the coming year’s abstracts. Neurosurgery Open is an online-only, fully Open Access publication providing an outlet for the publication of scientific papers dealing with clinical neurosurgery and experimental neurosurgery, such as case series, case reports, and other information of interest to neurosurgeons.

    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit

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