Description & Objectives

Description & Objectives

Target Audience

The Intensive Update in Neurology, 2013 symposium is intended for general neurologists, neurology residents and fellows, primary-care and family practice physicians, advanced practice clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscience nurses and other allied health providers in the Pacific Northwest.

Needs Statement

Neurology is a rapidly changing field, which requires ongoing education of neurologists and other health-care professionals who see patients with disorders of the nervous system. In addition to neurologists, primary-care providers and allied health professionals need practical information to treat patients with neurological disorders. To better meet the needs of all patients with neurological disorders, practical tools and information about managing these conditions must be shared with all health-care providers that are involved in their care.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Review the current studies in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) genetics and biology and discuss current therapy developments in ALS
  • List risk factors for stroke in women that are different than men, discuss how to assess these risk factors and outline the management of women's risk factors that may lead to a decreased stroke risk
  • Identify multiple causes of non-aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and describe the long term sequelae of traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)
  • Outline the data and ideas related to aspirin and vitamin D and their effects on Epilepsy and discuss the literature and data on antidepressants and their relation to seizure risk
  • Recognize seizure types and semiology, discuss how to manage common epilepsy cases and review the medical management approach and surgical evaluation
  • Discuss the myriad of indications for the use of neuromodulation today, describe how neuromodulation devices are implanted in the human body and outline the risks and limitations for patients with implanted neuromodulation devices
  • Describe first line treatments for modifying the course of Multiple Sclerosis and review the side effects and benefits of these medications
  • Review new disease modifying therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, specifically the mechanism of action (MOA), efficacy and side effects; describe how to use these drugs in the context of currently available therapies and review potential new therapies in the pipeline
  • Define the essentials of MRI and perfusion imaging and describe quantitative neuroimaging to attendees 
  • Distinguish “typical” and “atypical” features of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapses, apply this knowledge in the diagnostic algorithm for newly diagnosed MS patients, recognize features of other central nervous system conditions that can mimic MS and apply evidence-based algorithm to correctly diagnose MS or estimate the risk of developing MS
  • Troubleshoot motor complications in Parkinson's disease, review options for treating non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and recognize red flags for alternate diagnoses
  • Describe the phenomenology of common hyperkinetic disorders, outline the diagnosis and treatment of hyperkinetic disorders and review video case studies
  • Identify the symptoms and findings of ocular motor cranial nerve palsies, generate a differential diagnosis and develop a diagnostic and treatment plan for patients with ocular motor cranial nerve palsies
  • Review the clinical manifestations of dementia and dementia subtypes, outline the utility and appropriate use of new diagnostic modalities and review current and possible future treatments for dementia
  • Describe diagnostic criteria of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) and describe how Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and monocurelic amyotrophy are distinct from ALS
  • Recognize a novel typology of challenging personality traits seen in medical settings, describe how clinicians’ reactions to challenging patients can help us identify and care for them and identify confusing patient behaviors as attempts to adapt to difficult life circumstances
  • Identify sleep conditions that may or may not be related to neurological disorders, develop an effective diagnostic and treatment plan and communicate effectively the treatment options and connections with neurological conditions to the patient
  • Describe common infections of the nervous system and apply diagnostic and treatment algorithms to the management of central nervous system (CNS) infections
  • Review the diagnostic approach to a newly detected brain mass

Description & Objectives
CME Credit
Registration Fees

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration will be available the day of the conference.

Spetember 12-13, 2013
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September 12
7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

September 13
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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