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February 2015

2015-02-12 12:15 | Vienna City of Science Symposium 2015, NY

The American Austrian Foundation is delighted to announce a series of annual symposia entitled "Vienna City of Science" as part of the" Dean's Distinguished Lectures" at Weill Cornell  Medical College.

The first in this series took place on February 20th, 2015 featuring Dr. Josef Penninger of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, and Dr. Douglas Fearon from Weill Cornell and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. The topic was "New Approaches to Cancer Treatment".

The Vienna City of Science Symposium was hosted by Laurie H. Glimcher, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean Weill Cornell Medical College.

2015-02-11 10:30 | Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar Temporal Bone Surgery

From January 18 - 24, 2015, the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Temporal Bone Surgery took place at Schloss Arenberg.

The ten person faculty included course directors Dr. Samuel Selesnick from Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Gerhard Rasp from Paracelsus Medical University as well as  Nikolas Blevins, MD, (Stanford) Steven D. Rauch, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital) , Gerhard Moser, MD (Salzburg) , Miklos Toth, MD, PhD, (Weill Cornell) Colin L. WQ. Driscoll, MD, (Mayo Clinic) Romain Kania, MD, PhD, (Lariboisiere Hospital, Paris) Klaus Böheim, MD (Hamburg) who spent a week sharing their academic and clinical expertise with fellows from more than 30 different countries.

The highlight of this seminar were the hands-on surgical workshops which took place on the campus of Salzburg’s Paracelsus Medical School. According to participants:

After lunch we went to the local medical school where in a specialized laboratory we found prepared temporal bones, as well as tools for dissection. In the center of the room was the micro operational table with a microscope, where our teachers demonstrated their superior craftsmanship. This was my first dissection of the temporal bone, in theory, knowing the anatomy of the organ, it was really hard to do. But thanks to the faculty and the new friends I was able to perform relatively complex operations.

The Workshop was excellently organized: enough work stations and enough equipment for each participant. We worked in groups, we peformed canalplasty, tympanoplasty, canal wall intact mastoidectomy and facial recess approach. All the Faculty Members watched each participant while working on temporal bone and guided towards the right direction.

This seminar, which offers the opportunity to perform complex surgical procedures, monitored by a world-class faculty, is made possible by a grant for Medtronic, and by the generosity of the faculty, who donate their time.