The number of investigators conducting numerical and experimental simulations to better understand the hydrodynamics of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has increased greatly over the past few years. In order to keep the momentum of CSF simulation research, we will hold a symposium dedicated to the exchange of ideas towards the modeling of CSF.
This will be an engineering/physics focused symposium on the motion of cerebrospinal fluid. Approximately 20 to 30 invited speakers from around the world will present their research that involves either experiments or computational methods to better understand normal physiology and diseases related to CSF motion, such as Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and hydrocephalus. While the speakers will be mainly from a technical background, there will be neurosurgeons present to help lead a discussion on the challenges of translating engineering and physics analyses into clinically relevant results. Nevertheless, the focus will clearly be on modeling and how it can help, rather than on clinical solutions.
The invited speakers will have no fees for attendance of this two-day event. In addition, breakfast, lunch and a dinner will be provided thanks to generous sponsorship by the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation. The presentations will be longer compared to those at a typical conference to allow for a detailed description of the research. In addition, significant discussion time will be given as well as free time for researchers to get to know each other. The symposium will be held in beautiful Zurich on the campus of ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
All presentations will be video recorded and posted on the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation web site (CSFinfo.org) for free access in oder to maximize exposure of the symposium research ideas.