ISIN Advanced Travel Grant

Kindly supported by Inomed


As announced during our last congress in Seoul, ISIN is now ready to offer its brand-new „ISIN advanced travel grant“ of 10.000 € to international applicants. ISIN would like to thank the company Inomed for its support.

This program is not intended to be a fellowship; it does not provide a full IONM-training. It is rather supposed to help experienced monitoring personnel learn the „tricks of the trade“ in specialized centers all over the world, reflecting the high level of ISIN IONM expertise and its international character.

Thus, the IONM-experience offered is not necessarily limited to a single center. Applicants can make their individual pick from a list of IONM-centers associated with and approved by ISIN. Some of these centers may offer the whole range of IONM, and some may offer unusual expertise in specialized aspects of IONM. Applicants are supposed to stay at least for one month with each of the centers on their individual list; overall time scale of the experience with this travel grant is intended to be 3-6 months.

In order to learn more about specific details (potential help with accommodation, types of procedures/IONM offered, etc.), applicants are asked to contact the centers that they are interested in by email (as provided below).

Currently, the list of centers providing training in this program includes, but is not limited to:

 University Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain

  • Person in charge of IONM: Isabel Fernandez-Conejero, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in intracranial vascular, braintumor and CPA surgery                                                                                                                                                                            

 Mount Sinai West Hospital, New York, USA

  • Person in charge of IONM: Sedat Ulkatan, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: Laryngeal adductor  reflex  -Thyroid  surgery monitoring, all type of  Spine  surgery and required  monitoring, carotid  endarterectomy monitoring  

 Inselspital University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

  • Person in charge of IONM: Kathleen Seidel, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM and mapping in braintumor, brainstem and spinal cord surgery

 Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

  • Person in charge of IONM: Xabi Urriza, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in neurosurgical and orthopedic procedures including scoliosis

 Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

  • Person in charge of IONM: Jay Shils, PhD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in complex spine instrumentations, posterior fossa surgery and endovascular procedures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 University of California, San Francisco, USA

  • Person in charge of IONM: Lanjun Guo, MD, MSc, DABNM, FASNM
  • Email to: 
  • Focus: Surgical neuromonitoring service including for: brain tumor surgery (motor/language mapping and monitoring), brain vascular surgery, skull base surgery, spinal tumor surgery, spinal reconstruction surgery for spinal deformity      

 University Medical Centre Groningen, Netherlands

  • Person in charge of IONM: Gea Drost, MD, PhD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in neurosurgery, scoliosis, and carotic endarteriectomy

 Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, South  Korea

  • Person in charge of IONM: Kyung-Seok Park, MD, PhD
  • Email to:                                                                                                                                                            

 Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany

  • Person in charge of IONM: Julian Prell, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in CPA, brainstem and braintumor surgery

 University of Verona, Italy

  • Person in charge of IONM: Francesco Sala, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IONM in braintumor, spinal cord and CPA surgery

 Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany

 Medical University of Vienna, Austria

  • Person in charge of IONM: Klaus Novak, MD
  • Email to:
  • Focus: IOM in surgery on braintumors, spinal cord, pediatric neurosurgery and movement disorders


In order to be considered for the ISIN advanced travel grant, you need to be/have/prepare:

  1. Age < 40 years
  2. MD or PhD
  3. Personal IOM-experience of >1year
  4. Academic or hospital based
  5. Letter of recommendation including:
    • You have and will still have a position on return
  6. Letter of intent (1-2 pages) including, but not necessarily limited to:
    • What do you want to learn?
    • How will you apply the new knowledge?
    • Which centers are you interested in?
    • Type of present center
    • How is IOM organized in your present center?
    • How many surgeries may profit from IOM? What kind of procedures?

After finishing your training in the context of this program, you are supposed to provide a written report to the ISIN-board. In addition, we would like you to present your IONM-experience with this program to the general assembly during the next ISIN-congress, the fee of which will be waived for you.

We are looking forward to you participation. Send your application documents now to:

Groningen Congres Bureau

Griffeweg 5
9724 GE Groningen
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 50 3168877