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JOHNS HOPKINS DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY PLANS SYMPOSIUM MARKING 35 YEARS OF DISCOVERY AND CLINICAL CARE
Symposium part of weekend of celebration of neurosciences
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology will mark its 35th anniversary and a long tradition of rigorous science-based approaches to treating neurological disorders with a scientific symposium Nov. 10.
The symposium, “Looking Forward: Tomorrow’s Neurology,” to be held in Turner Auditorium on Monument Street on the Hopkins campus, will bring together neurologists and neuroscientists to explore mechanistic and therapeutic advances in neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, neuroregeneration, epilepsy, myopathies and multiple sclerosis.
This symposium will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 11 neuroscience symposium, “Discovery and Hope: A Celebration of Brain Science at Johns Hopkins.” The Nov. 11 symposium, also to be held in Turner Auditorium, marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Neuroscience and its leadership by Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. Speakers at this symposium include two Nobel laureates and six other leading neuroscientists. The Nov. 11 event, an official satellite of the Society of Neuroscience meeting, is sponsored the departments of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Psychiatry.
Some of the topics that will be covered at the Nov. 10 neurology symposium include the shared and unique mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative disorders; medical and surgical therapies for treating multiple sclerosis, myopathies, epilepsy and stroke; and the potential therapeutic role of stem cells and strategies for neuroregeneration in the neuromuscular disorders.
The Department of Neurology at Hopkins, formalized in 1969 under the direction of Guy McKhann, M.D., instituted a research?based program that drew upon Hopkins’ exceptional grounding in neuroscience to tackle diseases of the brain and peripheral nervous system.
Today, led by John W. Griffin, M.D., the department’s faculty has grown to 123 members. Many faculty members in The Department of Neurology also hold appointments in the departments of neuroscience, neurosurgery or psychiatry.
The department’s contributions to the fields of epilepsy, cognitive neuroscience, cerebrovascular medicine, neuroimaging, neuromuscular and neuroinfectious disease, neurointensive care and neuroimmunology have helped it maintain a number 2 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey of hospitals and have also helped it consistently receive more NIH funding than any other department of neurology.
The Nov. 10 symposium will feature, from Hopkins:
- John W. Griffin, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology and a professor of neuroscience and neurology who specializes in peripheral nerve disorders.
- Justin C. McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., acting chair of the Department of Neurology and a professor of neurology, pathology and epidemiology who specializes in multiple sclerosis and neurological infections.
- Gregory Kent Bergey, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center, vice-chair for Neurological Laboratories and a professor of neurology who specializes in adult seizure disorders.
- Peter A. Calabresi, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and an associate professor of neurology who specializes in multiple sclerosis and neurological infections.
- Thomas O. Crawford, M.D., co-director of the MDA Clinic for Neuromuscular Disorders and an associate professor of neurology and pediatrics who specializes in pediatric neurology.
- Ted M. Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience who specializes in movement disorders.
- Argye E. Hillis, M.D., M.A., co-director of the neurology residency program and the stroke program and an associate professor of neurology who specializes in neuropsychology.
- Ahmet Höke, M.D., Ph.D., director of the neuromuscular division and an associate professor of neurology who specializes in peripheral nerve disorders.
- Douglas A. Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center and an associate professor of neurology who specializes in multiple sclerosis and neurological infections.
- Eric H.W. Kossoff, M.D., associate director of the pediatric neurology residency program and an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology.
- Kathryn R. Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the muscular dystrophy clinic and an assistant professor of neurology who specializes in neuromuscular disease.
Guest faculty include:
- Stephen L. Hauser, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San. Francisco, and president of the American Neurological Association.
- Robert L. Macdonald, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
- William C. Mobley, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif.
For information about registration and fees, contact the Office of Continuing Medical Education, http://www.hopkinscme.org.