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2023 Barrow Neuroscience Symposium

Course Goal

This course is designed to advance the knowledge and practice of medicine in neuroscience through
basic and clinical research, education of medical professionals, and innovation.

Registration Information

Early Bird (Before 4/26/23)Late registration (after 4/26/23)
Physicians: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$350.00$425.00
Resident/Fellow/Observer: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$125.00$200.00
Barrow/Dignity Health Employee FreeFree
NP/PA/CNRN: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$250.00$325.00
Alumni: Symposium Only (Wednesday – Friday)$275.00$350.00
Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop Only (Monday – Tuesday) $600.00$600.00
Pre-Symposium & Barrow Symposium (Monday – Friday) $850.00$850.00
Resident/Fellow Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop Only (Monday – Tuesday)$100.00$100.00
Resident/Fellow Pre-Symposium: CV Anastomosis Techniques Workshop & Symposium (Monday – Friday)$200.00$200.00
Registration fee includes: Symposium, program materials, and continuing education credits.

CME Information and Disclosures

  • CME Pending

Date and Location

In Person
Wednesday – Friday, May 17-19, 2023

Goldman Auditorium & Sonntag Pavilion
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
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Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time.

Goldman Auditorium

Day 1Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Vladmir Shvarts, MDEpilepsy
Diagnosis, Semiology and Classification of Seizures (8:05 AM)
Overview of AEDs (8:25 AM)
Choosing an AED or Combination of AEDs (8:45 AM)
Non-pharmacologic Epilepsy Treatments (9:05 AM)
Update on Seizure Localization (9:10 AM)
Surgical Management of Epilepsy (9:30 AM)
Break9:50 AM
Michael Waters, MDStroke
Current Guidelines for Treating Acute Stroke (10:10 AM)
Imaging Tools: Time vs Functional Reversibility (10:30 AM)
Use and Outcomes with tPA and TNK in Acute Stroke (10:50 AM)
Indications and Options for Mechanical Thrombectomy (11:10 AM)
Secondary Stroke Risk Mitigation Strategies (11:30 AM)
Shafeeq Ladha, MDMotor Neuron
Shafeeq Ladha, MDEpidemiology and Clinical Features of ALS (1:10 PM)
Rita Sattler, PhDCurrent Concepts in the Pathophysiology of ALS (1:30 PM)
Jeremy Shefner, MDClinical Trials in ALS: How are we doing? (1:50 PM)
Robert Bowser, PhDBiomarkers in ALS (2:10 PM)
TBDSpinal Muscular Atrophy (2:30 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Ruth Bristol, MDPediatric Neurosurgery
Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Acute Monitoring, Predictors of Outcome (3:10 PM)
Pharmacotherapy for Chronic Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes (3:30 PM)
Surgical Options for Refractory Pediatric Epilepsy (3:50 PM)
Hypothalamic Hamartoma: Clinical Features, Treatments (4:10 PM)
Medical and Surgical Management of Movement Disorders in Children (4:30 PM)
Adjourn4:50 PM
Evening ReceptionHeard Museum
Day 2 Thursday, May 18, 2023
Nader Sanai, MD
Igor Barani, MD
Applying New Models of Brain Tumor Research (8:00 AM)
Chemotherapy Delivery Systems and Outcomes (8:20 AM)
Managing Metastatic Disease to Brain (8:40 AM)
Extent of Glioma Resection in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma (9:00 AM)
Oncolytic Adenovirus as Therapy for Nerve Sheath and Leptomeningeal Tumor (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
John Karis, MD
Keving King, MD
Imaging of NPH (10:10 AM)
Imaging of Neurodegeneration (10:30 AM)
Image-guided Craniocervical Junction (10:50 AM)
MRI to Guide Surgical Decision Making (11:10 AM)
Gadolinium Based MR Contrast Agents (11:30 AM)
Interactive Lunch and LearnSonntag Pavilion
Overview of MR Safety Concerns (12:15 PM)
Bring Your MR Safety Question for an Interactive Discussion with the Barrow MRI Safety Team (12:30 PM)
Felipe Albuquerque, MDVascular
The WEB Device in the Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms (1:10 PM)
Flow Diversion Techniques for Basilar Apex Aneurysms (1:30 PM)
Expanding Indications for Stroke Thrombectomy (1:50 PM)
Rescue Stenting for Failed Mechanical Thrombectomy (2:10 PM)
Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization for the Treatment of Chronic Subdurals (2:30 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Michael T. Lawton, MDAlumni Cases (3:10 – 4:30 PM)
Adjourn4:50 PM

Sonntag Pavilion

Day 1 Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Nader Sanai, MD
Igor Barani, MD
Targeting Multiple Receptors in Glioma Microenvironment (8:00 AM)
Temazolamide Resistance and Update on Tumor Pharmacotherapies (8:20 AM)
Radiotherapy and Systemic Immune Interventions for GBM (8:40 AM)
Low Grade Gliomas (9:00 AM)
Neuronal Migration in the Human Brain: Implications for Tumor Spread (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
Holly Shill, MD
Francisco Ponce, MD
Movement Disorders
Susan Criswell, MDPredicting the Clinical Course of Parkinson’s Disease from Prodromal State Forward (10:10 AM)
Nicki Niemann, MDPharmacotherapy Update for Parkinson’s Disease (10:30 AM)
Francisco Ponce, MDIndications for DBS: Clinical Outcomes and Future Directions (10:50 AM)
Baltazar Zavala, MDUse of DBS Technology to Study Behavioral Changes in Parkinson’s (11:10 AM)
Holly Shill, MD  Role of Genetics to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Parkinsonism (11:30 AM)
Lunch11:50 AM
Javier Cardenas, MD
Laura Snyder, MD
Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion
Concussion, mTBI Definitions and Outcomes from the 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport (1:10 PM)
Preparation and Monitoring of Concussion in Sports (1:30 PM)
Epidemiology of Concussion in Professional Sports (1:50 PM)
Pathophysiology of Concussion and Current Animal Models (2:10 PM)
Glynnis Zieman, MD Management and Prognosis of Concussion (2:30 PM)
Break2:50 PM
Andrew Little, MD
Kevin Yuen, MD
Christina Sarris, MDEndoscopic Endonasal Fenestration and Marsupialization of Cystic Pediatric Craniopharyngioma: Preserving Pituitary Function and One-Year Outcomes (3:10 PM)
Yana Zavros, MDDecoding the Molecular Mysteries of Cushing’s Disease: From Bed to Bench (3:30 PM)
Kevin Yuen, MDPostoperative Sodium Management: Does it matter? (3:50 PM)
Andrew Little, MDPitNET 3 Steps: Management of Giant Pituitary Adenomas (4:10 PM)
TBDRole of Radiation in Pituitary Lesions (4:30 PM)
Adjourn4:50 PM
Evening ReceptionHeard Museum
Day 2 Thursday, May 18, 2023
Marwan Sabbagh, MD
Anna Burke, MD
Cognitive Disorders
Neurodegenerative Dementias (8:00 AM)
Current Treatments of Dementia (8:20 AM)
Research Targets for Dementia Therapy (8:40 AM)
Managing Depression and Behavioral Issues in Dementia (9:00 AM)
Dementia with Lewy Bodies (9:20 AM)
Break9:40 AM
Juan Uribe, MDSpine I
Kumar Kakarla, MDRevision and Salvage Surgery in Spine (10:10 AM)
Laura Snyder, MDRobotic Spine Surgery: Current Status and Future Prospects (10:30 AM)
Wende Gibbs, MDAdvanced Imaging and Artificial Intelligence in Spine (10:50 AM)
Jay Turner, MDThe Value of Big Data and Building Outcomes Databases on Spine (11:10 AM)
Zaman Mirzadeh, MDRestorative and Neuromodulation on Spine (11:30 AM)
Interactive Lunch and LearnSonntag Pavilion
Overview of MR Safety Concerns (12:15 PM)
Bring Your MR Safety Question for an Interactive Discussion with the Barrow MRI Safety Team (12:30 PM)
Juan Uribe, MDSpine II
Utility of Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality in the Spine Training (1:10 PM)
Spinal Cord Injury: Recent Innovations on Surgical Management (1:30 PM)
Spine in the Ambulatory Surgery Center: Advantages and Applications (1:50 PM)
How to Build and Grow a Spine Practice from the Ground Floor (2:10 PM)
Surgical Management of Spinal Dural AV Fistulas: When and How (2:30 PM)
Break2:50 PM
ResearchTBD (3:10 – 4:30 PM)
Adjourn4:50 PM
Evening ReceptionPhoenix Art Museum

Goldman Auditorium

Day 3 Friday, May 19, 2023
Neurology Keynote Speaker TBD8:00 AM
Neurosurgery Keynote Speaker TBD9:00 AM
Break10:00 AM
Case and Panel Discussion: Vascular10:15 AM
Case and Panel Discussion: Spine 11:00 AM
Adjourn11:45 PM

Exhibitors and Sponsors

  • Exhibitor and sponsor information coming soon.


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