Course Information
UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

Red Bull Media House
Santa Monica, CA
March 03, 2018

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Course Description

The UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium is a one-day course that presents contemporary and future strategies in the management of spinal cord injury. The first half of the day emphasizes the clinical management of spinal cord injury ranging from initial patient evaluation through postoperative rehabilitation. The management of both chronic spinal cord injury related to cervical spondylotic myelopathy and acute traumatic spinal cord injury will be discussed in didactic lectures, case presentation, and question and answer sessions. Recent evidence-based studies will be utilized. The second half of the course will be focused on emerging basic science and clinical research, and delves into novel functional restoration and neural repair strategies including nanotechnology, dietary supplementation, stem cells, and robotics.

Target Audience
The target audience is health care professionals and researchers invested in improving the care for spinal cord injury patients including neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, neurologists, intensivists, rehabilitation specialists, physiatrists, pain management physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and spinal cord injury researchers.

Registration Information

Enrollment

To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Spinal Cord Injury Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By FAX

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • $125 Physicians
  • $75 Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Researchers
  • $25 Fellows, Residents, Students*

* Complimentary registration for UCLA Fellows, Residents and Students can be arranged by contacting Steven Cohen at stevencohen@mednet.ucla.edu

Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, February 2, 2018 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Faculty

Course Directors

Langston T. Holly, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

A. Nick Shamie, MD
Professor and Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Course Faculty

David N. Alexander, MD
Susan & David Wilstein Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine
Medical Director, California Rehabilitation Institute, A Cedars/UCLA Health Partnership
Professor, Department of Neurology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Ulrich Batzdorf, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Carol J. Bennett, MD
Chief of Urology
Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Member, Urology Surgery Advisory Board, NSO, VACO
Clinical Professor of Urology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Rochelle A. Dicker, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Surgical Critical Care
Associate Trauma Medical Director
Vice Chair-Department of Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Bruce H. Dobkin, MD
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, UCLA Neurologic Rehabilitation and Research Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD
Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery and Integrative Biology and Physiology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Leif A. Havton, MD, PhD
Professor
Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Jae H. Jung, MD
Program Director, UCLA PM&R Spine Fellowship
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Luke Macyszyn, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics
Department of Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Duncan Q. McBride, MD
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Associate Clinical Professor
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Bennett Novitch, PhD
Professor and Ethel Scheibel Chair in Neuroscience
Department of Neurobiology
Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Marc R. Nuwer, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurology
Department Head, Clinical Neurophysiology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Don Young Park, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

David J. Reinkensmeyer, PhD
Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of California at Irvine

Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD
Department of Neurobiology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Paul Vespa, MD
Assistant Dean of Critical Care Medicine (Res)
Gary L . Brinderson Family Chair in Neurocritical Care
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

J. Pablo Villablanca, MD, FACR
Professor of Radiological Sciences,
Director of Interventional Spine Service
Medical Director of MRI
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Saturday, March 3, 2018

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Introduction
Langston T. Holly, MD, Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
Session 1: Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
8:05 Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Overview: A Form of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
Langston T. Holly, MD
8:25 Advances in Imaging for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – How Can We Better Assess Spinal Cord Injury?
J. Pablo Villablanca, MD, FACR
8:45 Anterior Surgical Approaches Are Best for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Duncan Q. McBride, MD
9:05 Posterior Surgical Approaches Are Best for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
A. Nick Shamie, MD
9:25 The Role of Sagittal Balance and Deformity Parameters in Cervical Spine Surgery
Luke Macyszyn, MD, MA
9:45 Intraoperative Neuromonitoring – What Does It Provide?
Marc R. Nuwer, MD, PhD
10:05 Break
Session 2: Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Clinical
10:20 Initial Management of SCI – A Trauma Surgeon’s Perspective
Rochelle A. Dicker, MD
10:40 Spinal Cord Injury Classification: Operative vs. Nonoperative Management
Don Young Park, MD
11:00 Contemporary ICU Management
Paul Vespa, MD
11:20 Rehabilitation after SCI
David N. Alexander, MD
11:40 The Diagnosis and Management of Post-Traumatic Syringomyelia
Ulrich Batzdorf, MD
12:00 Pain Management Following Spinal Cord Injury
Jae H. Jung, MD
12:20 Lunch
Session 3: Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Research
1:10 Neuromodulation to Improve Upper Extremity Function after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
1:30 Brain-Computer Interfaces: Early Experience in Spinal Cord Injury
Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD
1:50 Robotics and Wearable Sensors for Re-Training Hand Dexterity
David J. Reinkensmeyer, PhD
2:10 Matching Rehabilitation to the Targets of Biological Interventions
Bruce H. Dobkin, MD
2:30 Astrocyte Scars Do Not Prevent Axon Regeneration across SCI Lesions
Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD
2:50 Break
3:00 Neural Repair and Neuromodulation in Non-Human Primate Models of Lumbosacral Spinal Cord Injuries
Leif A. Havton, MD, PhD
3:20 Neurogenic Bladder in Spinal Cord Injury: Treatment Options 2018
Carol J. Bennett, MD
3:40 Modeling Central Nervous System Development Using Stem Cells – Implications for Spinal Cord Injury
Bennett Novitch, PhD
4:00 Using Nutritional Power to Re-Build Circuits after Spinal Cord Injury
Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD
4:20 The Current State of Nanotechnology Research in Spinal Cord Injury
Don Young Park, MD
4:40 Adjourn

Objectives

The purpose of this course is to increase competency in the management of patients with chronic and acute spinal cord injury. Additionally, this program seeks to increase familiarity with the research strategies that are shaping the management of spinal cord injury currently and in the future.

Attendees completing this course will increase skills and knowledge to better:

  • Evaluate and treat both acute and chronic spinal cord injury patients, including operative and nonoperative options as well as critical care management
  • Contrast the anterior and posterior surgical approaches for cervical spondylotic myelopathy and distinguish which approaches are the most optimal for a specific clinical presentation
  • Describe the role of sagittal balance and other spinal deformity parameters in the pathogenesis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and incorporate these measurements into clinical practice
  • Compare traditional and novel rehabilitation strategies following spinal cord injury and formulate individualized treatment plans
  • Define the etiology of chronic pain in spinal cord injury patients and employ the available operative and nonoperative options to improve pain levels in these patients
  • Identify the areas of controversy in the management of traumatic spinal cord injury based on evidence-based guidelines
  • Describe the basic science and clinical research strategies that are actively being translated into the treatment for spinal cord injury patients
  • Explore the basic science and clinical research strategies that are likely to be translated into the treatment for spinal cord injury patients in the future

Accreditation

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 live activity for a maximum of 8.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures

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 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.

Miscellaneous

Program Location
Red Bull Media House
1740 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Directions and Parking
From the 405 freeway take the 10 freeway West. Exit the freeway at exit 2A and turn left on Centinela Avenue. Turn left on Olympic Blvd. Turn right on Stewart. Turn left into the gated parking lot. Parking is free and you are welcome to park in any open spot. Enter the main entrance from the parking lot. You will be directed to the screening room upon arrival.