3-4 June 2019 the Pirogov Center held a scientific-practical conference with international participation “Awake brain surgery in tumorectomy in functionally significant areas: classical approaches and innovations”. The event was attended by leading experts in this field — neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists, neurolinguists from Moscow, Moscow Region, Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Novosibirsk and other regions of Russia, Great Britain, Japan, the USA and the Netherlands.

The high relevance of the issues under consideration, the credibility of the scientists who participated in their discussion, provided the interested participation of more than a hundred specialists. Opening the conference, General Director of the Pirogov Center O.E. Karpov welcomed all the participants, noted the importance of the issues under consideration, the high social relevance of the pathology being discussed, the need for further close cooperation between scientists from Russia and other countries for the effective resolution of such significant issues.

The latest achievements in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of tumors of functionally significant areas of the brain were presented at the conference. Leading Russian and foreign experts shared their results, features of selection and predictors of success in treating this difficult category of patients.

Within the framework of the conference, an exchange of unique experience with foreign colleagues took place. F. Yamaguchi (Head of the Neurosurgical Department of Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan) presented his author’s method and report on the technique of intraoperative brain mapping for young neurosurgeons. Professor R. Bastiaanse (Scientific Director of the Center for Language and Brain, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Professor of Neurolinguistics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands) shared her experience in mapping the speech function during neurosurgical operations. The report by F. Vergani (neurosurgeon of the Royal College Hospital, London, UK) addressed the topic of pre-surgical functional mapping using transcranial magnetic stimulation and presented gold standards for functional intraoperative mapping. The reports of the Pirogov Center demonstrated modern features in individual approaches in the treatment of this severe category of patients.

Speakers, experts and guests of the conference noted the high level of organization of the event and expressed their wishes to continue the tradition of holding the conference on the basis of the Pirogov Center.