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JULY 5 - 8, 2017

Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorldEpcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.

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Saturday, July 8 • 10:20am - 10:50am
MEDICAL PANEL: Hydrocephalus After Hemispherectomy And Other Resective Surgeries

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Hydrocephalus is a significant concern after hemispherectomy and often other resective surgeries. But why? This session will provide you with an overview of the brain's ventricular system, the Monroe Kellie hypothesis which explains why disrupting the ratio of blood-to-brain-to-cerebrospinal fluid can result in hydrocephalus, where shunts are commonly placed, and difficulties diagnosing hydrocephalus when imaging shows no change in ventricle size but the child is symptomatic, has over-draining issues, and other challenges.  

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Monika Jones, JD

President, The Brain Recovery Project
Monika Jones serves as Program Chair and is CEO and Board Chair of The Brain Recovery Project: Childhood Epilepsy Surgery Foundation, where she served as the principal investigator for the NIH research conference grant for the 2014 International Workshop on Brain Plasticity, Hemi... Read More →
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Gary Mathern, MD

Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, UCLA
Dr. Mathern, pioneer of the lateral hemispherotomy technique, holds the Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Endowed Chair for Epilepsy Research in Honor of Paul Crandall, MD at the University of California, Los Angeles where he also serves as the neurosurgical director of pediatric epilepsy surgery program. He is internationally recognized for advancements in epilepsy research. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters that address clinical and basic science aspects of pediatric epilepsy surgery, including newer imaging techniques, improving surgical techniques, long-term outcomes and rehabilitation using neuroplasticity. His laboratory research has characterized genomic abnormalities, neuroanatomy and cellular properties in cortical dysplasia, Rasmussen Encephalitis, and other etiologies related to epilepsy surgery in children. Dr. Mathern is the recipient of the William G. Lennox Award for lifetime accomplishments in epilepsy from the American Epilepsy Society. His TEDx talk... Read More →

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Aria Fallah, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FAANS

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA
Dr. Aria Fallah is a fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeon who practices at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Neurosurgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a thoughtful and meticulous surgeon specialized in research and treatment of pediatric neurosurgical conditions including medically intractable epilepsy, spasticity and hydrocephalus. He also has special expertise in brain tumors, arachnoid cysts, spinal dysraphism, craniofacial anomalies and other congenital malformations of the developing nervous system. He is a lead collaborator in the Hemispherectomy Outcomes Predictor Scale... Read More →

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am
Florida 5-6