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April 12, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Spring Brain Health Conference 2018

The organizers of the Spring Brain Health Conference have asked the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to help spread the word about their event. It is being held at the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona from April 12-15. Click here for more details.

Wednesday April 11, 2018
Community Outreach free and open to the public
“Brain Wellness” at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona from 4 pm to 6 pm

Maureen W. McEnery, PhD, MAT
Director of Spring Brain Conferences
Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Title: “Introduction: Brain Wellness Across the Lifespan”

Michael J. Zigmond, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Title: “Life style, Brain Health, and Aging”

Darolyn O’Donnell, MS, CTRS
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
Title: “A Lifeline for Managing and Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease”

Thursday April 12

Introduction: Maureen W. McEnery, Ph.D., MAT
Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Title: “Spring Brain Conference: Creating a partnership in brain health with the Sedona Community “

Keynote #1
Carl W. Cotman, PhD
University of California, Irvine
Title: “The Remarkable Power of Lifestyles on Brain Health and Cognition”​

Friday April 13

Plenary #1 Session Title: “Parkinson Disease”
Michael J. Zigmond, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Title: “Lifestyle and the brain: How exercise and social interactions can protect our neurons “

Speaker 2 John T. Gale, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Title: “What we can learn from human intraoperative electrophysiology about basal ganglia communication”

Speaker 3 Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD
Barrow Neurological Institute
Title: “Multi-modal MRI: A comprehensive approach to imaging Parkinson Disease (or you can’t treat what you can’t see)”

Plenary #2 Session Title: “Epilepsy Therapy Development: Novel Tools and Targets”

Speaker 1: Cameron S. Metcalf, PhD
University of Utah, College of Pharmacy
Title: “New model development for epilepsy research”

Speaker 2 Sookyong Koh, MD PhD FAES
Emory University School of Medicine
Title: “Immunomodulatory Therapy in Childhood Epilepsy”

Speaker 3 Timothy A. Simeone, PhD
Creighton University School of Medicine
Title: “Insights into antiseizure mechanisms through the lens of dietary therapies”

Plenary #3 Session Title: Neurodevelopment and Demise in Sodium Channelopathy

Introduction:   Jeff Noebels, MD, PhD.
Speaker 1
Doug Nordli Jr, MD
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Scn1a mutations: a prototype for epileptogenic cognitive dysfunction”

Speaker 2  George Richerson, MD, PhD.
University of Iowa Medical School
“Too afraid to breathe: The amygdala and apnea in Scn1a mutant mice”

Speaker 3  Jeffrey Noebels, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
“The depolarizing wave of silence leading to sudden unexpected death in Scn1a mutant mice”

Poster Session.  6PM:   poster presentations; 3 minute summary.  Presenter present for 20 minutes.

Please contact Dr. Doug Rosene for poster session details:

Keynote #2
Dimitrios Davalos, PhD
CCLCM-CWRU, Lerner Research Institute
Title: ““Microglial Responses at the Blood-Brain Barrier”​

Saturday April 14

Plenary #4 Session Title: Axonal Translation in Neurological Disease

Speaker 1: Ulrich Hengst, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Title:  “A disease-specific transcription factor complex mediates the retrograde spread of neurodegeneration in AD”

Speaker 2: Michael R. Akins, Ph.D.
Drexel University
Title:  “Presynaptic Fragile X Proteins”

Speaker 3  Dianna Willis, Ph.D.
Burke Medical Research Institute
Title: “Failure to upregulate RNA binding proteins after injury leads to impaired regeneration in diabetic neuropathy”

Plenary #5 Session Title: Spinal Cord Injury
Speaker 1 Phillip Popovich, PhD
Ohio State University Medical Center
Title: “SCI/Microbiota effects on neuroinflammation and recovery of function “

Speaker 2 Dana McTigue, PhD
Ohio State University Medical Center
Title: “SCI-Liver axis and effects on spinal cord pathology and recovery of function “

Speaker 3 Karim Fouad, PhD
University of Alberta
Title: “Controlling neuro-immune cross-talk after a spinal cord injury – a systems-based approach to improving recovery of function “

Plenary #6 Session Title: “Strategies for Identifying New Molecular Targets and Drug Leads for Pathologies of the Nervous System”

Introduction: Toto Olivera, PhD
Speaker 1 Toto Olivera, PhD
University of Utah
Title: “To Be Announced“

Other speakers to be announced

Keynote Talk #3
John H. Morrison, PhD
University of California, Davis
Title: “Synaptic Health: Implications for Cognitive Aging”

Business Meeting & Plans for Future Meetings

Spring Brain 2019 April 11-14

Spring Brain 2020 April 2-5​

Sunday April 15

Plenary #7 Session Title: “The effects of curcumin on brain function in aging”

Speaker 1 Maria Medalla, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Title: “Effects of dietary curcumin on microglia-neuron interactions in middle-aged rhesus monkeys”

Speaker 2 Tara L. Moore, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Title: “Curcumin supplementation improves cognition and motor function in middle-aged monkeys”

Speaker 3 Gregory Cole, PhD
Mary S. Eaton Alzheimer Center, GRECC GLA VA
Title: “Curcumin Targets for Alzheimer Prevention”

Plenary #8 Session Title: “Brain circuits mediating pain”

Speaker 1 Edita Navratilova, PhD
The University of Arizona
Title: “Pain processing in the dopamine reward circuit”

Speaker 2 Volker E. Neugebauer, MD. PhD
Texas Tech University SOM
Title: “Pain processing in the amygdala”

Speaker 3 John T. Gale, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Title:  “Electrophysiological mapping of the somatic sensory nucleus of the thalamus in humans with chronic pain”

Plenary #9 Session Title: “Substance Abuse Disorder and the Science of Addiction”

Speaker 1 Richard S. Ferri, PhD, NP CARN-AP FAAN
President & Chief Medical Officer, Richard Ferri & Associates
Title: “Addiction Treatment – When Science Isn’t Enough “

Speaker 2 Karen A. Sirocco, PhD
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Title: “Bringing the Full Power of Science to Bear on Drug Abuse and Addiction”​

Monday April 16

Spring Brain 2018 “Brain Health Outreach”
Sedona Red Rock High School


April 12, 2018
April 15, 2018


1752 AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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