Saving the Brain  —  2009 Highlights


The agenda for the second annual Saving the Brain Symposium covered advances in neuroscience critical care medicine. Save the date and plan to attend the next conference, coming up on October 2, 2010.


The second annual Saving the Brain symposium was held this past fall at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. Approximately 200 physicians, nurses and ancillary team members attended the conference, which was presented by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara County Consortium for Continuing Medical Education, to learn more about the latest advances in the neurosciences.


The theme of the 2009 symposium was “Neuro Critical Care Medicine and Its Role within the Hospital Setting.”


One presentation, “The Critical Care of Stroke,” was given by Stephan Mayer, MD, who addressed emerging trends from the perspective of a critical care neuro-intensivist.


•    Director's Letter
•    Saving the Brain 2009
•    Radiosurgery
•    Stroke Center Certification
•    AVM Case Study
•    Diffusion Tensor Imaging
•    Research Tools
  Intramedullary Tumors
  Hans Keirstead

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In another, Greg Albers, MD, spoke on “Extending the Time Window for Stroke Therapy Using Advanced Imaging Techniques.” These and other leading experts from across the United States gathered to deliver a total of 13 presentations.


Now entering its third year, the saving the Brain Symposium has established itself as a cornerstone for high-level neuroscience education on the Central Coast.


See videos and slide decks from many of the presentations given at the 2009 symposium here >>


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“The Saving the Brain Symposium provides an opportunity for medical professionals from multiple subspecialties to share news about advances in the neurosciences. I welcome the chance to confer with colleagues in my field of interventional neuroradiology.”

— Fernando Vinuela, MD
professor of radiology;
director of interventional neuroradiology division,
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 


Dr. Vinuela, pictured at left, with Dr. Alois Zauner, center,
and Dr. Sujit Prabhu, right



2009 Program


Extending the Time Window for Stroke Therapy Using Advanced Imaging Techniques 
Gregory Albers, MD ; Director, Stanford Stroke Center, Stanford Medical Center


Functional and Neurophysiological Benefits of Rehabilitation Following Acquired Brain Injury
Mark Alfano, PhD, ABPP (CN); Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital
Kimberly Alfano, PhD, ABPP-ABCN; Clinical Neuropsychologist, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital

Update on Traumatic Brain Injury
J. Claude Hemphill III, MD, MA; Co-director, UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center; Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Critical Care of Stroke
Stephan Mayer, MD , FCCM; Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Director of Neurological Intensive Care Unit, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Nitric Oxide and the Brain: Physiological, Pathophysiological and Therapeutic Actions
Ryszard Pluta, MD , PhD; Senior Researcher and Clinical Associate, Surgical Neurology, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

Stem Cell-Derived Ocular Cells for the Treatment of Macular Degeneration
Dennis Clegg, PhD ; Professor and Chair of Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Co-director, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara

Present and Future Developments on Interventional Neuroradiology / Neurosurgery
Fernando Vinuela, MD ; Professor of Radiology; Director of Interventional Neuroradiology Division, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Neurovascular Diseases in Children
Alois Zauner, MD; Medical Director of Neurovascular Services, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Stereotactic Radiosurgery From the Brain to the Spine
Antonio De Salles, MD , PhD; Professor in Residence, Director of the Stereotactic Surgery Program and Co-director of Radiosurgery Program, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Traumatic Brain Injury: That was Then . . . This is Now
Rosemarie Girardeau, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CEN; Clinical Educator, Integra Clinical Educational Institute Inc., Integra Neurosciences

New Models for Healthcare Delivery Using Telemedicine
Yulun Wang, PhD; Chairman and CEO, InTouch Health

The Future of Neurosurgery in Santa Barbara

Thomas Jones, MD, Neurosurgeon, Neurological Associates of Santa Barbara


Role of Intraoperative MRI in the Surgical Management of Gliomas
Sujit S. Prabhu, MD, FRCS, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery