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International Vasospasm 2011 conference could be springboard for treatment guidelines
Date:6/21/2011

national conference, which is held every two to three years, will address clinical management strategies and basic science studies. The meeting will include plenary sessions, workshops and platform and poster presentations based on abstract submissions. Accepted abstracts will be published in a book dedicated to the late Frank H. Mayfield, MD, a UC professor and pioneer in neurosurgery who directed the graduate neurosurgical training programs at Christ and Good Samaritan hospitals from 1946 to 1977.

Awards to be presented at the meeting include Young Investigator, Bench to Bedside and Back Again and The Next Big Idea.

For the first time, the conference will involve neurocritical care specialists, whose patients include those who have suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. "During the conference we will try to produce a white paper that is comprehensive enough that it will be accepted by physicians in neurocritical care, neurosurgery and neurology," Zuccarello says. "It is an ambitious goal."

The conference also will include investigators from the Co-Operative Study on Brain Injury Depolarizations. Jed Hartings, PhD, research assistant professor in the neurosurgery department, is an expert on spreading depolarizations, also known as spreading depressions. These electrical disturbances, similar to short-circuits, occur in up to 75 percent of patients who have experienced subarachnoid hemorrhages. "Depolarizations may cause permanent brain damage and could be a target for new therapies," Hartings says.

Invited speakers are Tomio Sasaki, MD, professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery at the Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Fukuoka, Japan, and Costantino Iadecola, MD, chief of the division of neurobiology at Cornell University.

"This conference is a lot of fun and creates an opportunity for new ideas and cooperation," says Zuccarello, who has been an active participant since 1987. "It is a ble
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Contact: Cindy Starr
cstarr@mayfieldclinic.com
513-558-3505
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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