History

The first Latin American Pediatric Course (LACPC) was held in Florianopolis, Brazil in March 2004, organized by Helio Machado and Ricardo de Oliveira. Following the astonishing success of the first course, the second course moved to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (2005), and the third to Mangaratiba in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2006). The second cycle was held in Natal, Brazil (2007), Cordoba in Argentina (2008), and Campos do Jordao, Brazil (2009).

The third cycle started in Pirenopolis, Brazil (2010) and moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2011), and Buenos Aires (2012). In 2013, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of our Latin American Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery. The course was held in Imbassai, Bahia, Brazil. The fourth cycle started in Guaruja (2016), and then in Lagoa Santa, Belo Horizonte (2018). The third part of the fourth cycle will be held in Fortaleza in 2020. Over the past 14 years of LACPC more than 350 different trainees (from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, and others) and 68 faculties invitees (from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, USA, France, Italy, Turkish, Singapore, Spain, UK, and Australia) have attended the course.
LACPN became a success in large part due to the support of several Scientific Neurosurgical Societies - SBN (Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery), SBNPed (Brazilian Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery), WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgery, and ESPN (European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery). We also have the support of the pediatric neurosurgery chapter of FLANC, (Latin American Federation of Neurosurgery), ABNc (Brazilian Academy of Neurosurgery) and ISPN (International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery). An official certificate of completion is awarded to those who attend the full cycle of courses. The Latin-American course is held in March/April, the European in May/June, and the Asian-Pacific in October/November.
The course was designed to cover the major fields in Pediatric Neurosurgery. The scientific program is divided into annual courses over a 3-year cycle, with each annual course based on a four- day program separated into morning sessions comprising lectures and case discussions, as well as afternoon sessions with lectures, videos, “hands-on” and “solve a case” sessions. The official language of the course is the English. There is a transfer of expertise between teachers, regarded as leading experts in their scientific field. The LACPN, that occurs every two years, is the most important course in Pediatric Neurosurgery in Latin America. We would appreciate it if you could inform us of your decision regarding your ability to support the LACPN. The LACPN would be included in the oficial calendar of the SBN-Ped events every two years (pairs years) not coincident with the Brazilian Pediatric Neurosurgery Congress.

SBNPed - Sociedade Brasileira de Neurocirurgia Pediátrica

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