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Advances in Gene Sequencing, Biomarkers and Brain Imaging Highlight Neurology Course

The Neurology Update & Stroke Intensive 2018 Course will provide clinicians with the latest information and an interactive format to discuss important clinical updates across neurology and neurologic sciences.

banner for Neurology Update courseThe latest advances in diagnosis and management of epilepsy, movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and neuro-oncology, including when not to perform surgery on brain tumors, will be presented and discussed in an interactive format at the course to be held January 18-20, 2018 in downtown Miami.

Common errors to avoid in the treatment of epilepsy; use of cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers to diagnosis and monitor Alzheimer’s disease; and new treatments for genetic neuromuscular disorders will be among the highlights over the first two days of the conference. The focus of some presentations is so new that they would have been truly speculative just a few years ago. A prime example is “Incorporating Gene Sequencing into Clinical Practice – Experience in Gliomas.”

Course Director D. Ram Ayyar, M.D., professor of neurology and Director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, along with Associate Course Director Jose G. Romano, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Chief of the Stroke Division at the Miller School also designed the third day of the course as a stand-alone eight-hour CME update for health care professionals who work in designated stroke centers.

A multidisciplinary point/counterpoint debate on the risk of stroke for patients living with a patent foramen ovale will feature neurologist Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D. and cardiologist Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., sharing their perspectives and expertise. In addition, Ralph L. Saccco, M.D., M.S., professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, will provide an update on stroke prevention and maintaining brain health, emphasizing a mission to not only diagnose and treat stroke, but also to prevent debilitating and life-threatening strokes from happening in the first place.

Selecting stroke candidates for endovascular therapy beyond 6 hours is an example of a very recent clinical update. In fact, Dileep Yagaval, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and neurosurgery, and chief of interventional neurology at the Miller School, and colleagues published a study in the November 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine on identifying candidates for mechanical thrombectomy beyond the traditional six-hour acute intervention deadline.

Online registration and additional information are available at the conference website. The 51st Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive 2018 Course will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.

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