2016 Children's Neuroscience Symposium Program

Symposium Topics Include:

  • Advanced Topics in Concussion Management
  • Neurology for Today's Practicing Clinician
  • Behavioral and Mental Disorders for the Practicing Clinician 
  • A Child in Pain: Management for the Practicing Clinician 
  • Translational Research and Brain Injury
  • Craniosynostosis and Funny Shaped Heads
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders

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Symposium Learning Objectives 

  • Describe the critical role of the Primary Care Provider (PCP) in the care and management of pediatric neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders and the importance and the need for evidence-based, early intervention
  • Identify the new advances and state-of-the-art treatment modalities of complex pediatric neurological disorders
  • Cite examples of current research findings in pediatric neurosciences and their translation to clinical care
  • Identify common pitfalls in the treatment and intervention services for neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders


Sunday, March 6   

Day 2   8 a.m. - Noon

Critical Updates in Child Neurology

Moderator: Matthew M. Troester, DO

7:00-8:00 Registration and Breakfast  ----
8:00-8:05 Introduction ----
8:05-8:45 Neurogenetics 101: What you Need to Know in Clinical Practice Kristin E. Lindstrom, MD
8:45-9:25 Prenatal Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders

Kara S. Lewis, MD

9:25-10:05 Movement Disorders in Children Michael Kruer, MD
10:05-10:20 Break ----
10:20-11:00 New Onset of Seizures: Evaluation and Treatment John F. Kerrigan, MD
11:00-11:30 Neurological Questions for the Practicing Pediatrician Saunder Bernes, MD
11:30 Adjourn for the Day ----
  Golf Event McCormick Ranch 

Learning Objectives 

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the utility and weaknesses of the major genetic testing modalities
  • Identify what to look for on genetic testing results to help determine result significance
  • Describe neurological disorders that can be diagnosed prenatally and define the most common structural malformations of the brain that can be seen prenatally and discuss the implications for birth plan and neurological prognosis
  • Explain the risk factors for CNS malformations
  • Recognize common and/or important childhood movement disorders presenting to pediatricians and family practitioners 
  • Recall appropriate diagnostic studies for evaluating a child or adolescent with first seizure
  • Recognize the indications for introducing anti-epilepsy treatment in children with new onset of seizures
  • Describe clinical signs and symptoms of pediatric neurologic disorders
  • Recognize features of the neonatal face, unusual movements and atypical gaits in children

Monday, March 7 

Day 3   Noon - 5 p.m.  

Behavioral and Mental Disorders for the Practicing Clinician

Moderator: Jacob Venter, MD, CPE

Noon-1:30 Registration and Lunch ----
12:15-1:15  Lunch-n-Learn Translational Research and Brain Injury Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD
1:30-1:35 Introduction  Jacob Venter, MD
1:35-2:10 Educating the Pediatrician in Developmental Pediatrics Robin Blitz, MD
2:10-2:45 Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents: What It's All About Randall Ricardi, DO
2:45-3:20 Self-Injurious Behavior & Suicide - Assessment and Management John Zaharopoulous, DO 
3:20-3:35 Break ----
3:35-4:35 Keynote: Disruptive Behaviors in Autism: Looking Below the Surface Margaret Bauman, MD
4:35-5:00 Co-Management of Psychiatric Patients in the Office  Jacob Venter, MD
5:00 Adjourn for the Day ----
6:00 Opening Reception The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Learning Objectives 

  • Recall at least three developmental pediatrics topics and at least three resources found on the DBPeds website
  • Understand the use of M-CHAT-R follow-up interview
  • List the three clusters of personality disorders and the commonly studied ones in youth
  • Explain treatment approaches to manage borderline personality disorder in adolescents
  • Explain how to perform suicidal risk assessment in the PCP office
  • Describe two models of co-management and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of co-management of psychiatric patients 
  • Identify signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort in non-verbal autistic children, adolescents and adults
  • Define common medical co-morbidities associated with pain in autism
  • Describe how medical co-morbidities conditions can be treated in autism resulting in improved behavior and quality of life

Tuesday, March 8 

Day 4   Noon - 5 p.m.  

A Child in Pain: Management for the Practicing Clinician

Moderator: P. David Adelson, MD

12:00-1:30 Registration and Lunch ----
12:15-1:15 Lunch-n-Learn: Craniosynostosis and Funny Shaped Heads Ruth E. Bristol, MD
1:30-1:35 Welcome and Introduction P. David Adelson, MD
1:35-2:05 Head Pain and Headaches Reena G. Rastogi, MD 
2:05-2:35 Headaches, Fevers, Shunt Malfunctions and Shunt Infections David H. Shafron, MD
2:35-3:05 Headaches and Chari Malformations P. David Adelson, MD
3:05-3:35 Back Pain in Children  Jamal McClendon, Jr., MD
3:35-3:50 Break ----
3:50-4:30 Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents Sarah Beaumont, MD
4:30-5:00 Psychology of Pain in Children Mark Popenhagen, PsyD
5:00 Adjourn for the Day ----

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify typical features of a migraine and other primary headache disorders and indications for a work-up of chronic headaches
  • Recall evidence for treatment of headaches in children and adolescents
  • Identify the significance of a fever or a headache in a child with shunted hydrocephalus 
  • Understand the unique aspects of headache related to Chiari malformation and review the indications for intervention
  • Distinguish the common etiologies of back pain in children and adolescents
  • Discuss various non-surgical and surgical treatment strategies for treatment of back pain in children
  • Differentiate common chronic pain syndromes seen in pediatrics and identify common chronic pain myths
  • Define the multidisciplinary treatment approach and the challenges associated with the treatment of chronic pain in pediatrics
  • Recognize how pain and mental health influence each other and how the expression and experience of pain is at different developmental levels. Describe psychologically based treatment modalities for pediatric chronic pain

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