• Symposia and Practical Courses

    Author: Brian L. Hoh, MD, MBA

    Two Days of Breakthroughs and Innovations

    You do not want to miss the full-day weekend symposia at this year’s CNS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The Neurovascular Update Symposium on Saturday, September 26, will present breakthrough science, exploring all that is new in the treatment of stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations, and other neurovascular conditions. The Neurovation Symposium on Sunday, September 27, will showcase cutting-edge and futuristic innovations and technologies in the field of neurosurgery and neuromedicine.

    At the Neurovascular Update Symposium, on Saturday the foremost experts in the field will address the latest guidelines and the state-of-theart treatment for neurovascular diseases and conditions. A highlight of the symposium will be discussion of the recent groundbreaking randomized clinical trials, MR CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND-IA, and SWIFT PRIME, which showed that endovascular mechanical thrombectomy is superior to standard treatment for acute ischemic stroke patients. Controversies in the field will also be addressed with live debates on the treatment of intracranial and extracranial atherosclerotic disease, cerebral aneurysms, and AVMs. The symposium will have everything applicable to the general neurosurgeon, to the neurovascular subspecialty neurosurgeon, to the resident/fellow, and to the PA or nurse practitioner. Participants can earn six hours of CME.

    Structured as an all-day open forum, the Neurovation Symposium on Sunday will include key thought-leaders in neurosurgery, chief executive officers, and lead engineers with expertise in technologies of the future in biologics/drug delivery, minimally invasive surgery, neurorestoration and rehabilitation, pain, neuromodulation, and the business of innovation and technology in neuromedicine. Neuromedicine is among the most rapidly growing areas in surgery and medicine, and novel technologies in devices, imaging, biomaterials, molecular diagnostics, and regenerative medicine are pushing the boundaries. The open forum will enable participants, faculty, and panelists to engage in free dialogue for the purpose of collectively advancing the field. Some technologies that will be discussed will be osteogenic spinal hardware that promotes bone growth, nerve on a computer chip, an endovascular device to treat hydrocephalus, robotics for stroke or spinal cord injured patients, and neuromodulation to treat pain and other disorders. Business experts in the field will also discuss how to establish a new venture, attract investors, and create an innovation pipeline. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be at the center of innovation and technology in neurosurgery.


    Practical Courses for Everyone


    The 2015 CNS Annual Meeting kicks off Saturday and Sunday, September 26–27, with 29 practical courses covering every aspect of neurosurgery. There are educational offerings for everyone from the general neurosurgeon to the subspecialty expert, and from the resident or fellow to the PA or nurse practitioner.

    The practical courses will include a two-part endoscopic and keyhole skull base cadaver course; a variety of 3-D surgical courses, including cerebral aneurysms, supratentorial and infratentorial anatomy; updates and guidelines courses on brain tumors, trauma, radiosurgery, neurocritical care, and coding and reimbursement; a hands-on simulator course; and complications avoidance and management courses.

    New offerings this year include courses on executive leadership training for physicians, clinical guidelines, laser surgery, degenerative scoliosis, and taking your innovative ideas to market.

    Take advantage of these unique opportunities to learn from experts in a small group setting and familiarize yourself with the latest in neurosurgery.

    NEW! Practical Courses

    PC08 Taking Your Innovative Idea to Market
    Course Director: L. Nelson Hopkins
    Faculty: Robert A. Fenstermaker, Eric C. Leuthardt, Elad I. Levy, Ali R. Rezai, Henry H. Woo

    PC14 Reconstructive Skull Base: Indications, Techniques, and Complication Avoidance
    Course Director: Jeremy N. Ciporen
    Faculty: Costas G. Hadjipanayis, Daniel F. Kelly, Daniel M. Prevedello, Justin Schultz Cetas, Theodore H. Schwartz, Laligam N. Sekhar

    PC17 Laser Ablation Surgery: Indications, Techniques, and Pitfalls
    Course Director: Robert E. Gross
    Faculty: Shabbar F. Danish, Ian Yu Lee, Eric C. Leuthardt, Renee M. Reynolds, Michael Schulder

    PC22 Clinical Guidelines Development: A Primer on the Development and Review of Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines
    Course Directors: Jeffrey J. Olson, Timothy C. Ryken
    Faculty: Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Kevin M. Cockroft, Steven N. Kalkanis, Laura S. Mitchell, Daniel K. Resnick, Beverly C. Walters

    PC23 Leaders Are Not Born, They Are Made: Executive Leadership Training for the Medical Professional
    Course Directors: David J. Langer, Elad I. Levy
    Faculty: Fady T. Charbel, Michael Ensley, L. Nelson Hopkins, Raj K. Narayan, Tony Stein

    PC24 Spinal Deformities: Short, Long, and Medical. What is the Best Option? With Case-based Discussions
    Course Directors: James S. Harrop, Christopher I. Shaffrey
    Faculty: Daniel J. Hoh, Tyler R. Koski, Praveen V. Mummaneni, Justin S. Smith, Juan S. Uribe

    PC25 Peripheral Nerve Exposure and Anatomy for Oral Boards: Cadaver Demonstration
    Course Directors:
    Allen H. Maniker, Rajiv Midha
    Faculty: Kimberly Harbaugh, Marie-Noelle Hebert-Blouin, Mark Alexander Mahan, Abhay Varma, Eric L. Zager

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