Annual Meeting Offers Expanded Child Neurology Programming

February 23, 2010

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The AAN has responded to member requests for more attention to pediatric neurology with the new Specialists in Focus: Child Neurology program, which provides a special, more intensive program for child neurology subspecialists. The new offerings will highlight the latest findings and progress in pediatric neurology for attendees at the 2010 Annual Meeting.

"The Annual Meeting has always offered excellent courses on child neurology as part of its Education Program," said course Director Jonathan W. Mink, MD, PhD, FAAN. "However, these have been focused on the needs of the general neurologist and on trainees. There was a need to provide more advanced educational offerings for child neurologist members. We are excited to offer the new Specialists in Focus Advanced Topics courses and Integrated Neuroscience sessions with exciting content delivered by national and international leaders."

Advanced Topics in Pediatric Neurology I: Neurodegenerative Diseases will be presented from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. The expert faculty will address spinal muscular atrophy, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (or Batten Disease), Niemann Pick Disease Type C and related disorders, and neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation and pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. This program requires registration in order to attend.

This will be followed by an Integrated Neuroscience Session: Pediatric Demyelinating Disorders on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Topics include diagnosis and management of pediatric multiple sclerosis, ADEM & NMO, environmental exposures, and controversies in childhood demyelination. This program is free to all paid attendees.

The pediatric focus continues Monday, April 12, with Advanced Topics in Pediatric Neurology II: Neurooncology, another half-day program beginning at 9:00 a.m. This session will highlight medulloblastoma, tuberous sclerosis, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in children, and risk factors for cognitive deficits in children who have been treated for brain tumors. This program requires registration in order to attend.

These programs are offered in addition to the regular child neurology programming geared toward the general neurologist.

For more information on the Specialists in Focus program, contact Kevin Heinz at kheinz@aan.com or (651) 695-2773.

Register for the 2010 Annual Meeting by March 10 to receive the early registration discount.