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AANS/CNS Program


8:30 - 10:00 am  

AANS/CNS Session 1: Spine and Spinal Cord Injury

Chair: David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

  1. An update of the guidelines for spine trauma - James Harrop, MD, Jefferson University
  2. Spinal cord injury trials update – Paul Arnold, MD, University of Illinois
  3. Advances in spinal cord injury treatment – Imaging, Monitoring and Anticoagulation – Eve Tsai, MD, PhD, Ottawa Hospital
  4. Debate:  3-column thoracolumbar fracture in the neurologically intact patient – operate vs not? - James Harrop, MD, Jefferson University & Paul Arnold, MD, University of Illinois

10:00 - 10:30 am  


10:30 - 12:00 pm

AANS/CNS Session 2: Brain Injury

Chair: Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Univ. Minnesota

  1. Lessons for the Clinician from Trials in TBI - David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

  2. Development of an Algorithm for Intracranial Pressure Monitoring Management - Tene Cage, Stanford University

  3. Progress with Objective Measures for Injury - Christina Master, MD, CHOP

  4. Debate: TBI Guidelines are Useful vs They Don’t Sufficiently Guide - Patricia Raksin, MD, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital & Gregory Hawryluk, MD, PhD, University of Utah

12:00 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:30 pm

AANS/CNS Session 3: Lessons from Sports and Multimodal TBI Management

Chair: Gregory Hawryluk, MD, PhD, University of Utah

  1. A history of the playing field as laboratory - Julian Bailes, MD, Northshore University

  2. Can the NFL Fix TBI in Football? - Allen Sills, MD, Vanderbilt University

  3. Neurotrauma in the Military: Cut or Commute and the Implications for Civilian Practice? - Jeffrey M. Tomlin, Naval Medical Center San Diego

  4. Debate: Is multimodal TBI management effective?

2:30 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 4:30 pm

AANS/CNS Session 4: Controversies in Brain Injury 

Chair: Eve Tsai

  1. Accurate prognostication of severe TBI and brain death - Joseph Giacino, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

  2. From Data to Press Release to Twitter: When Science Becomes FAKE NEWS - William Barr, PhD, NYU Langone Health

  3. Will Big Data Fix Brain Injury? – Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, Univ. Minnesota

  4. Debate:  Does preclinical data help develop therapies for humans?