Navigation Links
HHS, Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Advance Treatment for Neurological Disorders
Date:4/25/2008

May 6 Meeting to Examine Impact of Deep Brain Stimulation, or 'Brain Pacemakers' on the Lives of Patients With Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury

WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Cleveland Clinic are teaming up to raise awareness about deep brain stimulation (DBS) and its impact on Americans with neurological disorders and disabilities.

HHS' Office on Disability and Cleveland Clinic's Center for Neurological Restoration will hold a one-day conference on May 6 to focus on the impact DBS, or brain pacemakers, has on patients' quality of life, level of functioning and return to work. Topics will also include improving access to care, encouraging medical innovation and research and examining ethical considerations.

Currently, DBS is approved by HHS' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Data is emerging regarding its benefit in treating patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and most recently, traumatic brain injury (TBI).

"We are approaching a defining moment in the neurological field," said Ali Rezai, M.D., director of the Center for Neurological Restoration at Cleveland Clinic, and meeting co-chair. "This is the beginning of a new era for treating neurological and psychiatric disorders. DBS technology continues to improve, and we are encouraged by the results in patients."

"With the development of deep brain stimulation, individuals with serious neurological and psychiatric conditions have new hope for a better quality of life," said Margaret Giannini, M.D., director of the HHS Office on Disability and meeting co-chair. "While many challenges remain, the potential for this treatment is encouraging."

Speakers will include leading HHS officials such as FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.

Leading DBS experts, neuroscientists, patients, patient advocacy groups and other federal officials will also participate.

The conference will take place at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. For more information on the event, visit http://www.ccfcme.org/dbs.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2007, there were 3.5 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic and 50,455 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is http://www.clevelandclinic.org.

HHS' Office on Disability was created in October 2002 in response to President Bush's New Freedom Initiative (http://www.hhs.gov/od/about/nfi.html) (NFI). The office oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States. The New Freedom Initiative established seven distinct domains in the area of disability: community integration, education, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation. The Office on Disability focuses its efforts on these seven domains. The Director of the Office (http://www.hhs.gov/od/about/biomjg.html) reports to the Secretary and serves as an advisor on HHS activities related to disabilities. For more information about the Office on Disability, its role within HHS and its current initiatives visit http://www.hhs.gov/od.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cleveland-based Health Care Tech Company Within3 Names New CEO
2. Cardiovascular Technologies to be Highlighted at 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Oct. 1-3
3. Cleveland Clinic Press Releases Journal-Writing Book Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing by Sheppard B. Kominars, Ph.D.
4. Cleveland Clinic and The Larry King Cardiac Foundation Partner to Provide Heart Surgery to Those in Need
5. Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations For 2008
6. New Cleveland Clinic Press Healthy Cookbook Helps Diabetic Kids
7. Cleveland Clinic Press Releases Consumer Health Book About Treating Headache Pain
8. Announcing Always Best Care Senior Services Expansion Into Cleveland, Ohio
9. Millennium Biotechnologies Inc. Signs Five Year $20,000,000 Purchase Agreement with Provider Services Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio
10. World Firsts by Cleveland Clinic Urologists
11. Wellness Experts From Cleveland Clinic Set for 2008 Crystal Voyages
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm ... 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered ... Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort ... the American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients ... seniors and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and ... essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor ... National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and ... women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC ... by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment ... resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Any dentist who ... challenges of the current process. Many of them do not ... the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those ... offer it at such a high cost that the majority ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2022" report to their offering. ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique ... on the market during the next five years, including a ... markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: ... , , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with ... , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice ... Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: