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SNI Grand Round Series 2011 - Epilepsy Genetics

Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:30am - 8:30am
Swedish Education Conference Center, Room B

Marcio Sotero de Menezes, MD, Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an increased ability to:

  • Identify genetic epilepsy syndromes
  • Explain treatment of genetic epilepsy syndromes

SNI Grand Round Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Winter Issue of BrainWaves Now Available

The Winter 2010 edition of BrainWaves is now available online.

BrainWaves is the newsletter of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Published quarterly, BrainWaves provides information about neurological conditions treated at the Institute, and also profiles the programs, services, and new initiatives of the institute and its staff.

Also check out our past editions of the BrainWaves newsletter.

SNI Grand Rounds Series 2011 - Opportunities with Implantable Hearing Technologies

Thursday, January 6, 2011
7:30am - 8:30am
Swedish Education and Conference Center, Room B
Douglas Backous, Neurotology, Otology, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an increased ability to:

  • Discuss the options for hearing restoration using osteointegrated implants and cochlear implants
  • Describe the role of auditory brainstem implants
  • Outline the indications for cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants (ABI)

SNI Grand Round Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Swedish Expands Radiosurgery Services

There was cause for celebration in the Swedish Radiosurgery Center on Thursday, Dec. 16, as neurosurgeon Ronald Young, M.D. (left), medical director of the Gamma Knife® program, and radiation oncologist Bob Meier, M.D. (below), medical director of the CyberKnife program, treated the center’s first two Gamma Knifepatients. The center, formerly known as the Seattle CyberKnife Center, supports both the Swedish Cancer Institute and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

The center has offered CyberKnife services since 2006. This year Swedish installed an Elekta Leksell Perfexion Gamma Knife®, making it one of the most advanced stereotactic radiosurgery centers in the country. CyberKnife can be used to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors in all areas of the body.

At Swedish, Gamma Knife will be used to treat cancer of the brain and some neurological conditions, such as essential tremor, trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations. Providing Swedish neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists access to both of these advanced technologies gives them greater flexibility in selecting the best radiation therapy for their patients. For more information, go to www.swedish.org/radiosurgery or call 206-320-7130.

SNI Grand Rounds Series 2010 - Extending the Window for Stroke Therapy: The Role of Imaging

Thursday December 16, 2010
7:30am - 8:30am
Swedish Education and Conference Center, Room B
Gregory W. Albers, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Stanford University
Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an increased ability to:

  • Discuss options for expanding the treatment window for acute ischemic stroke
  • Review the role of neuroimaging for identification of salvable tissue in stroke patients
  • Discuss the results of the DEFUSE trial and the study design of the ongoing DEFUSE 2

SNI Grand Round Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Swedish Named a Leap Frog Top Hospital

The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List

The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals – 65 from a field of nearly 1,200 – was announced today in Washington, D.C. and, for the first time, included Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s 10th anniversary meeting. A complete list of 2010 Leapfrog Top Hospitals can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage – including Boeing and the Washington State Healthcare Authority – which was founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health-care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers.

The ‘Top Hospital’ selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey, which launched in 2001. It measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality, including:

  • The use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors;
  • Standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery;
  • Protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forat um; and
  • Adequate nurse and physician staffing

The results of the survey are posted www.leapfroggroup.org.

SNI Grand Rounds Series 2010 - MRI of Carotid Atherosclerosis and it's Role in Predicting Stroke/TIA

Thursday, December 2, 2010
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Swedish Education and Conference Center, Room B

Presented By: Chun Yuan, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an incresed ability to:

  • Describe the need for plaque characterization in identifying high risk lesions
  • Recall current MRI-based plaque imaging technique and it's ability for plaque characterization

SNI Grand Rounds Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

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