The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pretoria hosted the Inaugural Van Rensburg-Mokgokong Oration through the Safe Neurosurgery Initiative Webinar focusing on Pediatric Neurosurgery. This Pediatric Neurosurgery Symposium was part of the Neurosurgery Department at UP's Safe Neurosurgery Initiative.
The webinar was possible thanks to the sponsorship from Life Healthcare. Attendees came from various parts of the world, namely Australia, Egypt, Israel, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda.
The teaching faculty who were part of this symposium represented some of the leading paediatric neurosurgeons in the world. The presenters covered the following topics: Paediatric Neurology for the Neurosurgeon – Izelle Smuts (South Africa); Management of Hydrocephalus in Children: Advances and Adjuncts – Ulrich Thomale (Germany); The Role of Neuroendoscopy in Paediatric Neurosurgery –Andre Grotenhuis (Netherlands); Paediatric Brain Tumors in Children Under two years old – Mohamed El Beltagy (Egypt); Spinal Cord Tumors in Children: Surgical Nuances and Monitoring– Anthony Figaji (South Africa); Introduction: Prof Van Rensburg, Prof Mokgokong – Jacques Du Plessis (South Africa), Emmanuel Thobejane (South Africa); Introduction of 2020 Orator S. Constantini– Llewellyn Padayachy (South Africa) and Inaugural Van Rensburg-Mokgokong Oration– Shlomi Constantini (Israel), 2020 Orator.
It was a particularly special symposium as it marked the Inaugural Van Rensburg-Mokgokong Oration, in honour of the contributions made to the department by Professors Van Rensburg and Mokgokong during their respective tenures as Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pretoria. This oration was delivered by Professor Shlomi Constantini from Israel, a leading international figure in this sub-speciality. The response to this initiative, both locally and internationally, underscores the department's goal of delivering the highest standard of care to the children and adults that they treat and teaching to trainees.