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Pediatric Neurology Update

The Children’s National Health System Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine hosted the 27th Annual Pediatric Neurology Update course in April 2017. The center is committed to translating the newest discoveries in child neurology to more effective treatments.

The 2017 course was focused on the new understandings, molecular biology, and novel treatments of childhood movement disorders ranging from Tourette’s syndrome to incapacitating neuro-genetic and auto-immune conditions.

Laura Tochen, MD, Bennett Lavenstein, MD, and Chima Oluigbo, MD, codirectors of the newly expanded Children’s National Movement Disorders and Functional Neurosurgery programs, were conference co-chairs.

Invited, internationally renowned speakers complemented talks from Children’s faculty, including Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD, this year’s Richmond Paine Lecturer, who spoke on the “New Understandings and Management of Dystonia.”

There was an exciting discussion on PANDAS presented independently by Harvey Singer, MD, an internationally renowned expert on childhood movement disorders and Elizabeth Latimer, MD, a leading guru in the field of PANDAS.

Chima Oluigbo, MD, aided by this year’s David C. McCullough Lecturer, John Honeycutt, MD, discussed new means to surgically ameliorate and possibly cure incapacitating movement disorders. They were joined by Mark Hallet, MD, another international renowned movement disorders researcher discussing “Functional Movement Disorders.”

The last session of the course featured a new interactive format where course participants participated with the speakers in case presentations of children with abnormal movements. Participants were welcome to submit videos prior to the meeting for discussion at this interactive session. 

  • Focusing on new understandings, molecular biology, and novel treatments of childhood movement disorders ranging from Tourette’s syndrome to incapacitating neuro-genetic and autoimmune conditions. 
  • Featuring Children’s National and other internationally known experts, including Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD, the 2017 Richmond Paine Lecturer, and John Honeycutt, MD this year’s David C. McCullough Lecturer.

For more information, please view our brochure for the 27th Annual Pediatric Neurology Update.