Published: Jul 19, 2013
(Vienna ) Of late a brain simulator has been in use for training in microsurgical operating techniques at the Medical University of Vienna. In Austria, this so-called "neuro touch" simulator is so far being used exclusively at the University Department of Neurosurgery, and much know-how from Vienna has also gone into the development of this training technology.
For five years the University Department of Neurosurgery at the MedUni Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital under the leadership of Engelbert Knosp has been collaborating with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), where the simulator was developed in detail. The technology for a pituitary surgery simulator was developed in 2008 at the MedUni Vienna in the team of the neurosurgeon Stefan Wolfsberger within the framework of a dissertation. The Vienna-Montreal collaboration resulted from this. The MedUni Vienna is the only non-North American university participating in this development.