An International Consensus Meeting on the Cerebellar Mutism Syndrome (CMS)  will be hosted by the Posterior Fossa Society on 3rd-5th of August 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland.


Harpa Conference Center

Harpa, a brand new conference center down by the harbor in the heart of Reykjavik city. This precious jewel was designed by the multi-talented icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, and is the official seat of both the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. This lovely venue housed the PFS's first consensus meeting in 2015.

Registration and RAtes

Now open and available to members of the PFS via this registration link. The meeting is restricted to a maximum of 50 participants. The price for MD's is 323 EUR/378 USD, while price for non-MD's is 242 EUR/283 USD.



The overall theme of this 3rd consensus meeting is identification of pathogenesis and management/rehabilitation of post-operative pediatric cerebellar mutism syndrome. See preliminary program for more details.


Here is a link to the final program

(Thursday August 2, evening:       Blue Lagoon, board meeting)                                                                                                                                                                                                             Friday August 3, all day:         Keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, open discussion. Gala dinner at Grillmarkaðurinn                                       Saturday August 4, all day:    Keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, open discussion                                                                                                                          Sunday August 5, morning:   Consensus statements/summary, closing, board meeting                                                                                                                                   (Monday August 6, all day:            Excursion day 1 - Inside the Volcano. Trip down the crater of dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. Overnight stay at Hotel Húsafell)      (Tuesday (August 7, all day:           Excursion day 2 - Into the Glacier. Ride on Langjökull glacier in special glacial vehicles, followed by a tour of man-made glacial tunnels) 

keynote speakers

Shivaram Avula, MD, Consultant Radiologist, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK                                                                                                      Robert Dineen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor. Neuroradiologist, Queens Medical Centre and the University of Notthingham, UK                                                                   Zoltan Patay, MD, PhD, Chief of Neuroradiology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA                                                                                               Coriene Catsman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Paediatric Neurology,  ErasmusMC-Sophia, the Netherlands                                                        Robert Keating, MD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's National, Washington, DC, USA                                                                                             Sharyl Samargia, PhD, Speech-Language Pathologist, Professor and Dpt Chair of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI, USA          Kimberley Docking, PhD, Speech Pathologist, Research Fellow, Lecturer, Undergraduate Year 1 and 2 Coordinator, University of Sydney, Australia                      Jeremy Schmahmann, MD, Professor of Neurology, Dir. of MGH Ataxia Unit & Lab. for Neuroanatomy and Cerebellar Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA  David Walker, MD. Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Co-Director of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre, Nottingham, UK                                                                       Helen Hartley, Pediatric Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Department at Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK                                                                  


Abstracts (< 200 words) can be sent to the society's secretary at Deadline is July 15th 2018. There are currently open slots in the Breaking News and Poster Presentation sessions.

annual general meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Posterior Fossa Society will be held after the final session of the consensus meeting on Sunday august 5th between 11:30-12:30. Lunch boxes will be made available at the same time.  Pogram includes presentation of accounts, voting of new board and discussion of tasks that lie ahead.  According to the Posterior Fossa Society's Statutes any one person can only be on the board for a maximum of 4 years in a row. This to ensure equal distribution of power and freshness of thinking within the society. For those of you who have not been on the board yet - take this opportunity to consider whether you would like to volunteer for one of the available posts (President, Secretary and at least 1 Board Member) and take the PFS to the next level in the next couple of years?

2 day excursion August 6-7, 2018 - once in a lifetime adventure

Descend 200 meters down the crater of the 4000 year old dormant volcano Thríhnúkagígur, and dive into tunnels in Iceland's second biggest glacier Langjökull. Limited availability - maximum number of 18 participants. Reservations on a first-come-first-serve basis through the conference registration link above. Please note that while participants can register for the meeting itself as late as they like, the deadline for signing up for the 2-day trip is Saturday the 5th of May. Attendees of the meeting can book slots for as many friends and family members as they wish - first come, first serve. Many deeply regretted not signing up for our last spectacular tour of Iceland in 2015, so make sure not to miss this one!  Hereby a copy of the trip description/itinerary, and a link to a live music video filmed inside the volcanic crater we will be visting on the first day: "Way Down We Go" with the icelandic band Kaleo. Whether you are a love of nature, music or beautiful viking boys, then this video is a feast for the eye and ear. It shows the location of the volcano in a rugged lava field on Reykjanes peninsula, areal view of the crater itself, and then the slow descend towards the center of the earth in a special open-air elevator. Enjoy it as an appetizer for what there is to come...