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Brain and Nervous System

Advances in Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment of Brain Tumors


This presentation covers the latest advances in the treatment and management of patients with brain tumors. Speaker: Steven D. Chang, MD


Balance Disorders


Balance problems can stem from dizziness, light-headedness, weakness, or lack of coordination, and often can lead to falls. It's a pervasive problem but one that has not been thoroughly studied, perhaps in part because of the difficulties in determining the cause. Stanford has launched a new Balance Center, making it one of the few medical centers in the country to offer an interdisciplinary program for comprehensive testing and community outreach. A panel of experts discusses the causes and treatments for balance disorders. Speakers: Specialists from the Stanford Balance Center

Deep Brain Stimulation for Essential Tremor and Vocal Tremor


Essential tremor (ET) of the limbs and voice is one of the most common movement disorders, but many patients do not respond to medication. For those with disabling tremor, even vocal tremor, surgical treatment may be an option. This talk will focus on one type of surgery: deep brain stimulation, what it is, and how it affects essential tremor.Speakers: Casey Halpern, MD and Elizabeth Erickson-DiRenzo, PhD, CCC-SLP

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease – Past, Present, Future


This talk focuses on deep brain stimulation with respect to Parkinson’s disease reviewing the history of its discovery, current indications, and future direction. The speakers give updates on treatment and research regarding Parkinson’s disease. Speakers: Melanie Lising, MD and Laurice Yang, MD

The Fog of Concussion


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. This talk discusses the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and biology of concussion. Speaker: Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS

Huntington's Disease: Stages and Therapies


Huntington's disease is a rare genetic disorder that causes programmed degeneration of brain cells, called neurons, in certain areas of the brain. This talk explores the diagnosis, the stages of the disease, and its treatment. Speaker: Veronica Santini, MD

Latest Advances in Stroke Treatment


For anyone having a stroke, time is everything. Getting help quickly can make the difference between recovery and disability. You will walk away from this discussion with an understanding of stroke risk factors and new stroke therapies. Speaker: Jeremy Heit, MD

Migraine -- Updated November 2015


Migraines are an intense and often debilitating type of headache which affect nearly 24 million Americans every year. This talk focuses on the causes of migraines, how they are diagnosed, how they are differentiated from other kinds of headaches, as well as current treatments for this condition. Speaker: Meredith Barad, MD

The Mystery Headache: Migraine, Positional Headache, Spinal Fluid Leak? Why it Hurts When You Stand Up


Many people who suffer with chronic migraine live with symptoms that are baffling — headache, nausea, neck stiffness, ringing in the ear — and all of these symptoms worsen as the day goes on and the individual spends more time in the upright position. However, symptoms improve as long as they are lying down.Learn about an often overlooked diagnosis that can be treated — spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Speaker: Ian Carroll, MD,


Opening the Medicine Box in the Mind: The Psychology of Pain


Our experience of pain goes beyond the mere physical sensation of it – pain has emotional and psychological components to it and these affect our ability to treat pain. Speaker: Beth Darnall, PhD

Psychogenic Seizures — What are They, How Can They be Diagnosed and Treated?


Psychogenic seizures are attacks that may look like epileptic seizures, but are not caused by abnormal brain electrical discharges. Hear the experts explain this confusing disorder, its diagnosis and treatment. Speakers: Robert Fisher, MD, PhD; John Barry, MD; Andres Kanner, MD, FANA

Surgical Approaches to Facial Pain


Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is one of the most common causes of facial pain characterized by recurring brief episodes of electric shock-like pains. This talk focused on surgical approaches to treating this difficult disorder. Speaker: Casey H. Halpern, MD


Update on Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurologic disease that affects the central nervous system. More than 400,000 people in the United States are affected by multiple sclerosis with 200 new diagnoses each week. Its cause is unknown, although it is speculated that environment, genetics, and immune-mediated processes play a role in developing MS. This talk addresses the current state of treatments for MS. Speaker: Christopher Lock, MD


When is a Senior Moment Just a Senior Moment? The Latest on Alzheimer’s Disease Research


Each of us experiences changes in memory and thinking as we age. Exciting new research opens windows onto early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and brings hope for new therapies that may help. Speaker: Geoffrey A. Kerchner, MD, PhD

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