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Neural Interfaces for Therapeutic Interventions

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
April 02, 2010 to April 03, 2010

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Course Description

This comprehensive 1.5-day continuing medical education (CME) program in functional neurosurgery features an outstanding faculty from the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The purpose of the course is to provide an update on the multidisciplinary management of psychiatric disease, epilepsy, and movement disorders. There will be specific emphasis on the FDA-approved indications of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as well as emerging indications for DBS, such as depression and epilepsy. Alternative treatments, including peripheral nerve stimulation and noninvasive modulation with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) will also be discussed. The final didactic segment of the course will briefly review the development of novel neural interfaces for therapeutic interventions. To conclude, we are happy to offer a hands-on component of the course during which attendees will be able to practice DBS programming skills and try to control a cursor using an actual brain-computer interface device.

Target Audience

Neurosurgeons, Neurologists (general and movement disorder), Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Allied-health professionals, Neurosurgical residents and fellows.

Registration Information



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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

Academic Event Management
1396 Rancho Lane
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

By Fax

Fax enrollment form to: 805-494-1103

By Phone

Register by phone: 805-300-9154

Registration Fee

  • $125 Physicians
  • $85 Nurses
  • $50 Fellow/Residents


Cancellations must be received in writing by March 2, 2010 and will be subject to a $30 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. If for any reason the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of CME, a full refund will be provided.

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Course Directors

Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgical Movement Disorders Program

Antonio A.F. De Salles, MD, PhD
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Functional Neurosurgery Program

Keynote Speaker

Philip A. Starr, MD, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery
Dolores Cakebread Endowed Chair
Co-Director, Functional Neurosurgery Program
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California

UCLA Faculty

Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Movement Disorders Program

Alexander Bystritsky, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Anxiety Disorders Program

Ian A. Cook, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Depression Program

Jeffrey Cummings, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director, UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Center

Bruce Dobkin, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurological Rehabilitation

Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor
Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Program

Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program

Michael Gitlin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Mood Disorders Clinic

Alessandra Gorgulho, MD
Instructor of Neurosurgery

Scott Krahl, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Gary Mathern, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program

John Mazziotta, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Director, Brain Mapping Center

John Stern, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Co-Director, Seizure Disorders Center

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Program Agenda

Friday, April 2, 2010

12:30pm Registration
1:30 Introductory Remarks
Antonio A.F. De Salles, MD, PhD
Psychiatric Disease
1:40 Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disease
Michael Gitlin, MD
2:10 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Medical, Behavioral, and Surgical Therapy
Alexander Bystritsky, MD
2:30 Depression: Medical, Behavioral, and Surgical Therapy
Randall Espinoza, MD
2:50 Depression: Role of TMS and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Ian A. Cook, MD
3:10 Surgical Targets for Behavioral Therapy
Antonio A.F. DeSalles, MD, PhD
3:30 Surgical Therapies for Dementia
Jeffrey Cummings, MD
4:00 Break
4:30 Invasive Monitoring for Epilepsy: What We've Learned
Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD
4:50 Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy
Gary Mathern, MD
5:10 Central Neuromodulation for Epilepsy
John Stern, MD
5:30pm Conclusion of First Day

Saturday, April 3, 2010

7:00am Breakfast and Registration
8:00 Introductory Remarks
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
Movement Disorders
8:10 Pathophysiological Basis of Medical Therapy for Movement Disorders
Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD
8:35 Surgical Outcomes of DBS for Movement Disorders
Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
9:00 Image-guided and "Frameless" Approaches for DBS
Philip Starr, MD, PhD
9:30 Break
10:00 DBS Complications
Alessandra Gorgulho, MD
10:20 DBS Programming for Movement Disorders
Scott Krahl, PhD
10:40 Rehabilitation after DBS
Bruce Dobkin, MD
11:00 Exploring New Targets for the Surgical Treatment for Movement Disorders
Philip Starr, MD, PhD
11:30 Questions and Answers
All Faculty
12:00pm Lunch and Visit Exhibits
The Next Generation of Brain Computer Interfaces
1:00 Brain Mapping: Potential Contributions to Surgical Innovation
John Mazziotta, MD, PhD
1:20 Brain Computer Interface: The Current State of the Art
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
2:00 Hands-On DBS Programming and BCI Demonstrations
4:00pm Adjourn

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At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Understand indications, outcomes, and risks of deep brain stimulation for movement disorders
  2. Understand the postoperative management of patients with deep brain stimulators
  3. Review emerging indications for deep brain stimulation, including epilepsy and psychiatric indications
  4. Appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to the management of neuropsychiatric disease

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The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy now mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.

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Course Location

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium
757 Westwood Plaza- B130
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Directions from LAX

From the 405 Freeway, exit on Wilshire Blvd. EAST. Proceed on Wilshire Blvd. to Westwood Blvd. and make a LEFT. Proceed NORTH on Westwood Blvd., cross Charles E. Young Drive South and continue 1/2 a block. Turn LEFT into Lot 8 and take the ramp to the roof level.
There will be an attendant selling permits. Park on Level 4.
Parking is $10 daily


Hotel Angeleno
170 N. Church Lane
Los Angeles, California 90049

For reservations call: 310-476-6411. Mention "NIFTI" for a special rate of $135 plus taxes. Space is limited. Cut-off date for special rate is March 19, 2010.

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