The idea to initiate European CUS training courses at an expert level was born in 2015 during a meeting in Rome by Paul Govaert, Adelina Pellicer, Fernando Cabañas and Luca Ramenghi, the founders of the EurUS.brain group.
The aim was to organise a high standard, expert level CUS course with thorough interactive bedside teaching sessions in order to reach the highest possible level of expertise in brain ultrasound across neonatal intensive care units.
After a few constitutional meetings, the first course was held in Madrid in February 2016. During this meeting Sandra Horsch, Ana Alarcon, Sylke Steggerda, Jeroen Dudink and Eva Valverde joined the board of the EurUS.brain Group. Since then, nine more courses have been successfully organised in six European countries, more than forty students have successfully completed the course, some of whom have been invited to join the group and are now members of the EurUS.brain board.
In 2020 the group produced an educational monograph on neonatal brain ultrasound, which was published in Pediatric Research as a state-of-the-art description of CUS by neonatologists (please see 'list of publications' above). A number of research collaborations are underway within the group.
Since 2020 the EurUS.brain Group is part of the Brain, Development & Imaging Section of the ESPR.
In addition to the high standard, expert level CUS courses, in 2022 the EurUS.brain Group will offer basic CUS training courses for residents, trainees and neonatologist starting to use CUS in term and preterm neonates.