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Latest child neurology practices and studies presented at daylong briefing

Science and health care media briefing set for San Francisco on October 24

American Academy of Neurology

ST. PAUL, MN - (October 15, 2002) Seven leading U.S. child neurologists are gathering in San Francisco, Thurs., Oct. 24, to share the latest research and new physician guidelines pertaining to neurological disorders affecting children. Topics will include mental etardation, febrile seizures, autism, epilepsy, brain injury, and cerebral palsy.

Speakers at Child Neurology: Discoveries and Practice, a briefing for science and medical writers, include Steven Ashwal, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda (CA) University School of Medicine, and president of the Child Neurology Society, who will address global developmental delay (mental retardation) and present a new practice guideline for evaluating these children.

Deborah Hirtz, MD, program director of Clinical Trails and Studies with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD, will give an overview of some of the more common childhood neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. She'll review another new AAN and Child Neurology Society practice guideline on treating a child with a first unprovoked seizure.

Other speakers include Donna Ferriero, MD, University of California, San Francisco (brain injury); Douglas Nordli, MD, Children's Epilepsy Center, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago (epilepsy); Pauline Filipek, MD, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA (autism); Pat Barnes, MD, Department of Pediatric Neuroradiology, Stanford University Medical Center (neuroimaging of the neonate); and William Mobley, MD, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center, will moderate and summarize the day's presentation highlights.

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The event (9:45 to 4 p.m.) is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, The AAN Education and Research Foundation, the Child Neurology Society and The Child Neurology Foundation. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Union Square, San Francisco.

For more information contact Kathy Stone, AAN media relations, at 651-695-2763, kstone@aan.com. Space is limited, there is no fee, but we encourage advance registration by contacting Cheryl Alementi, 651-695-2737, calementi@ann.com.

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