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Language Testing During Awake Brain Surgery

Discover the importance and the process of language testing during awake brain surgery.

Language Testing During Awake Brain Surgery
  • Duration6 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Learn how to develop language tests for awake brain surgery

Language representation in the brain can be studied by testing language during awake brain surgery. In this course, you will get to know the importance of neurolinguistics and awake brain surgery by seeing the collaboration between surgical staff and neurolinguists before, during and after the operation.

You will also learn how to develop appropriate language tests for use during awake brain surgery and explore some of the latest developments in this field.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds The brain has been fascinating humans for a very long time, because it is the seed of our soul and our skills. Imagine one of the most devastating diseases, cancer, and a tumour is infiltrating your brain. The tumour can spread to areas that are crucial for language. And if you’re going to remove the tumour, you may cut out brain tissue that is important for language. A new technique as we use nowadays is awake brain surgery. It means that the patient is awake during surgery. When the surgeon approaches the language areas, we monitor the patient all the time by testing his language. [SPEAKING DUTCH] This is a soldier.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds This is a table. Language is a very complex cognitive function, and it requires knowledge about how language is represented in the brain. So that’s why it is very interesting. And it becomes more and more relevant, and it’s more and more acknowledged in the clinical field that this is the golden standard to remove brain tumours from the language areas. This is a free online course, and you will learn why language testing during awake brain surgery is very important. You will see what is happening in the OR. And you will learn about the steps behind developing these language tests. You will also be introduced to the latest developments in the field of neurotechnology and neurosurgery.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 seconds To all the people interested I would like to say, join the course and get involved in this innovative part of neuroscience.

What topics will you cover?

  • Neuroatonomy of the brain
  • Language representation in the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Tailor-made language tests
  • Language testing during awake brain surgery
  • Neurotechnology

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the complexity of the language representation in the brain
  • Explain the necessity of awake brain surgery
  • Describe the procedure including direct electrical stimulation (DES)
  • Identify the prerequisites of a good language test
  • Describe the complexity of developing a language test battery for LTABS
  • Evaluate the developments of the field

Who is the course for?

The course has been created for healthcare professionals involved in the procedure of awake surgery, including neurosurgeons and neurosurgical teams but also neurolinguists and clinical linguists who wish to start developing language tests.

Equally, it will be relevant for anyone involved in the procedure before, during and after awake brain surgery including neuro-anaesthesiologists, neuropsychologists, nursing staff and neurologists.

It also delivers useful information for patients with brain tumours and their proxies, to inform them about the surgical procedure they are about to undergo as well as anyone else intrigued by the topic.

Who will you learn with?

I am Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Groningen. My research interests are in anesthesiology-related pharmacology and neuroscience.

Professor in Neurolinguistics
Course developer

I am a MOOC educator at the University of Groningen and a PhD student in an international doctorate in neurolinguistics.

Wencke Veenstra is a lecturer at the European Master of Clinical Linguistics and works as a neuropsychologist at the University Medical Center, dept. Neurosurgery and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

I am a neurosurgeon at the University Medical Center Groningen. My main area of expertise is brain tumor surgery.

Dr. Gea Drost works as a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist at the UMCG. She has been responsible for intraoperative neurophysiology in neurosurgery in the last four years.

Who developed the course?

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

UMCG is building the future of health through its focus on complex patient care, research, education and training.

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