70th Annual Meeting

SFNS cordially invites you to attend the SFNS Annual Meeting taking place at the Silverado Hotel on March 23-25, 2018. Bring your family to enjoy all that Napa has to offer!


The SFNS 2018
Neuro-Cinema Festival

Saturday, March 24, 2018
(in honor of Dr. Oscar Abeliuk)
Movie: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 San Francisco Neurological Society's 70th Annual Meeting, taking place March 23-25, 2018 at the SILVERADO RESORT in Napa, CA. Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration.

This year's meeting will review a broad range of neurologic disorders ranging from spinal disease and brain tumors to epilepsy and ALS. Highlights include an opening session focusing on functional neuroscience. We are very honored to have a patient from the Brain Gate (brain computer interface) study give us their perspective. He is a quadriplegic patient who had an implant placed in his motor cortex and can control computers with thought alone. We have experts from institutions around the Bay Area who will describe state-of-the-art concepts and practices in epilepsy, ablative procedures for movement disorders, psychogenic movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, as well as other topics.

Our Boldrey Lecture, sponsored conjointly with UCSF, will be given by the esteemed Dr. James Chandler from Northwestern, on pituitary adenomas. That lecture will be in a session on brain tumors that also includes an update on meningiomas by Dr. McDermott who is a world renowned brain tumor expert from UCSF and a lecture on immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors by Dr. Michael Lim from Johns Hopkins who is one of the world leaders advocating immunotherapy for brain cancer. Members and their companions will be fascinated by our evening dinner topic “When Breath Becomes Air” presented by the Lucy Kalanithi. She is the wife of the late Paul Kalanithi whose book about his journey as a neurosurgeon with metastatic lung cancer was the NY Times best seller for months and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist last year. She has been interviewed by Katie Couric, Sheryl Sandberg, Charlie Rose, NPR and others within the past few months.

We will continue last year's tradition of offering a "Controversies in Neuroscience" section touching upon fusion versus no fusion for degenerative spine disease. We will present the film "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" for our annual Neuro–Cinema Festival, a very moving film touching upon a patient with locked-in syndrome who was able to write a book with eye movements alone. Other topics include updates on peripheral nerve disease, cervical spine surgery for headaches, among others.

We are also very proud to announce the continuation of both our Pediatric Neurology Symposium chaired by Jeffrey Levin, MD and our Nursing Symposium, chaired by Jennifer Viner, NP.

Event Details and Registration:

EARLY REGISTRATION (Before February 28, 2017):
$350 SFNS Members
$205 SFNS Associate Members
$450 Non members
$205 Nurses
$310 Retired Members
$120 Students, Residents and Felllows
$500 Industry
$100 Annual Dinner (and reception)
$100 Accompany Person - for spouses/gues not attending the Confernce

LATE REGISTRATION (After February 28, 2015):
$375 SFNS Members
$225 SFNS Associate Members
$465 Non members
$225 Nurses
$335 Retired Members
$120 Students, Residents and Felllows
$550 Industry

Please follow registration link for additional registration details

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you have preregistered but must cancel, refunds may be issued with 72 hours advance notice, minus a $25 handling fee.


Event Agenda:

Saturday Afternoon Symposia:
Pediatric Neurology Symposium & Nursing Neurosciences Symposium

Pediatric Neurology Symposium
Saturday, March 24. 2018 1:30 -4:30pm

CEU: 3 Hours
Location: Buena Vista and Sutter Home Rooms
Moderator: Jeffrey Levin, MD - Central Valley Neurology

Pediatric Autism (1:30 - 2:20pm)
Michael Chez, MD - Sutter Sacramento

Pediatric Epilepsy (2:20 - 3:10pm) Adam Numis, MD - UCSF

Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy in Children (3:10- 4:00pm) Gerald Grant, MD - Stanford

Panel Discussion (4:00- 4:30pm)

Nursing Neurosciences Symposium
Saturday, March 24. 2018 1:30 -4:30pm

CEU: 3 Hours
Location: Louis M. Martini and Trefethen Rooms
Moderator: Jennifer Viner, NP - UCSF

Treatment Challenges of Ruptured Aneurysms (1:00 -1:40pm) Mary Marcellus, RN, BSN, SCRN - Stanford

The New Era in Stroke Care - Time vs. Imaging? (1:40 -2:20pm) Jennifer Cave-Brown, MS, RN, NP - John Muir Health

Break (2:20 -2:40pm)

Nurses' Role in the Dynamic Biotech Environment (2:40 -3:20pm)
Mary Lovely, RN, PhD - UCSF

Moyamoya disease: The short and long term care of patients with this unusual disorder. (3:20 -4:00 pm)
Teresa Bell-Stephens, CNRN - Stanford

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Silverado Resort
1600 Atlas Peak Road
(800) 532-0500
Napa, CA 94558

Special conference room rates are available at the Silverado Resort at $205 per night.

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Accreditation Statement:

This San Francisco Neurological Society is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Neurological Society takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Designation Statement:

The San Francisco Neurological Society designates this educational activity for an estimated 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM . This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Who Should Attend:

Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, residents, nurses, and other physicians interested in research and clinical advances in the neurosciences.