Monday, August 10, 2009

Brain & Spine Institute hosts International Hydrocephalus Conference

In mid-September, many of the top hydrocephalus experts from around the world will converge at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Baltimore Inner Harbor for three back-to-back scientific conferences concerned with hydrocephalus, also known as water on the brain. Combined, they will provide an unprecedented view of the leading edge of research and treatment of hydrocephalus and related disorders. It’s a “can’t miss” event for those interested in this important topic.

The primary conference ― Hydrocephalus 2009, the official scientific and educational meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF) ― will be held September 16–19. More than 130 scientific abstracts will be presented by neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, medical physicists, engineers, and advocacy group leaders. Faculty and staff of the Adult Hydrocephalus Center at the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute are playing a pivotal role as hosts for this conference.

A one-day neuropsychology pre-conference on September 16 will start the process of developing standards for neuropsychologic testing for clinical care and research in hydrocephalus for children and adults. Co-chairs are Cynthia Smith, PhD, Director of the Division of Neuropsychology at the Berman Brain & Spine Institute, and Per Hellstrom, MSc, from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden.

James P. “Pat” McAllister II, PhD, from the University of Utah will chair “Improving Outcomes in Hydrocephalus: Bridging the Gap Between Basic Science and Clinical Management” on September 14 and 15. This event is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Hydrocephalus Association, and STARS-kids.

To learn more or to register for the conference, click here.

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