The Second International Workshop on Brain Plasticity, Hemispheric Specialization and Neuro-Rehabilitation After Cerebral Hemispherectomy is designed to provide scientists from a wide range of disciplines with the latest research findings in neuro- rehabilitation/habilitation, cognition, and brain reorganization after hemispherectomy surgery. The conference will be held on July 9 - 11, 2014, at the Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California.
The specific aim of this interdisciplinary conference will be to focus on the current state of research, with the goal of establishing a five-year research strategy to formulate comprehensive guidelines for recovery. The theme will be "The Road Ahead: A Comprehensive Research Strategy For Post- Hemispherectomy Recovery." This conference will bring together leading international experts and will create a high quality scientific forum for discussion of latest findings, clinical deficit, and interventions. Conference content includes: best practices in surgical techniques;genetics of hemispherectomy syndromes;cortical plasticity (adaptive, maladaptive, therapy-driven, and animal models);neuro-rehabilitation (physical, cognitive and behavioral);brain imaging as a tool assessing neuroplasticity;and neuropsychology, including appropriate assessment tools to find intervention areas. The format will commence with two days of scientific sessions. Each session will first review the current state of clinical and scientific knowledge followed by extended discussion periods. The third day of the conference will overlap with the annual International Hemispherectomy Conference and Family Reunion, which brings together families from around the world struggling to fully understand the profound effects of hemispherectomy surgery. Here, the conference will introduce the novel presentation format of open forums with survivors and their families who will help guide the scientific community's research aims by providing "real world" challenges and struggles. A conference summary will later be disseminated. Every effort will be made to encourage participation by postgraduate students, to have parity in the numbers of women, and to include minorities and persons with disabilities. At least 150 attendees are expected from multiple disciplines.

Public Health Relevance

Cerebral hemispherectomy, where half the brain is removed or disabled, is performed as a drastic yet effective means of stopping catastrophic epilepsy in children;however, very little is known about the long term physical, behavioral, and psychological effects of this procedure. Understanding the effects of this surgery provides a unique perspective on brain plasticity, thereby advancing public health by increasing our understanding of the human brain.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
1R13NS089249-01
Application #
8785186
Study Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Initial Review Group (NSD)
Program Officer
Fureman, Brandy E
Project Start
2014-07-09
Project End
2015-07-08
Budget Start
2014-07-09
Budget End
2015-07-08
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$25,000
Indirect Cost
Name
Brain Recovery Project
Department
Type
DUNS #
068427195
City
Pasadena
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
91105