U Neurology Studies to Be Highlighted, Faculty Asked To Lead Courses At Largest International Conference

U Neurology Studies to Be Highlighted, Faculty Asked To Lead Courses At Largest International Conference

Apr 10, 2008 4:00 PM

The University of Utah Department of Neurology will have a high profile at the upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Chicago, with U faculty both teaching courses and having five published studies highlighted at the annual conference.

“We have a remarkable presence in the educational and scientific portions of the meeting,” said Stefan M. Pulst, M.D., DrMed, professor and chair of neurology. “The neurology department is steadily increasing its national and international visibility.”

The conference, which starts Saturday, is the largest international gathering of neurologists and will attract about 13,000 physicians worldwide. Pulst, an internationally regarded expert in identifying genes that cause Parkinson’s disease and other neurological movement disorders, is chair of the AAN Science Committee.

In addition to chairing part of the conference, Pulst will direct a daylong course on neurogenetics. Three other U neurology department faculty also were asked to lead courses in the conference’s educational component.

John L. Greenlee, M.D., professor of neurology, will lead a course on acute central nervous system infections. Kathleen B. Digre, M.D., professor of neurology and ophthalmology/visual sciences, will teach three courses on neuro-ophthalmology, and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease expert Norman L. Foster, M.D., professor of neurology, will chair a course on diagnosing dementia.

On the last day of the conference, five papers authored by U of U faculty will be among 100 outstanding abstracts highlighted. The papers cover studies on imaging in dementia; the diagnosis of dementia using advanced imaging techniques; the consequences of muscular dystrophy on the heart; ion channel dysfunction and general ataxia (neurological movement disorders); and results of the Utah diabetic neuropathy study.

“We have an excellent faculty,” Pulst said, “and our presence at the AAN meeting reflects that.”

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