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American Neurological Association 128th Annual Meeting

American Neurological Association

Viruses and bacteria--threats from bioterrorism and Mother Nature ... lessons learned in animal models of neurologic disease ... the origins of sleep disorders ... surprising commonalities of epilepsy, migraine, and other episodic disorders. These are some of the highlights of the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association in San Francisco, October 19 to 22, 2003.

Leading researchers from around the world will present 11 platform talks and 240 refereed poster presentations at the world's preeminent neurology meeting. Symposium subjects will include:

Public Policy: Infections and Terrorism--Whether wrought by Mother Nature (e.g., AIDS or West Nile virus) or humans (weapons or antibiotic resistant pathogens), infectious agents commonly target the nervous system. The Public Policy symposium brings together specialists in these different areas.

Animal Models of Disease: Learning From Success and Failure--Animal models for neurological diseases can be highly successful, pointing out the mechanisms of disease and providing the opportunity to test new therapies. Yet, sometimes therapies that work in animals do not pan out in human trials. Experts in stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis discuss the lessons learned.

Sleep: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Disorders--Experimental neuroscience has begun to uncover the mechanisms that regulate sleep and wakefulness. Researchers will discuss these advances, and their application to disorders ranging from restless legs syndrome to narcolepsy.

Common Origins of Episodic Disorders--Remarkably, it appears that diseases such as epilepsy, migraine, periodic paralysis, and others, which all are episodic in nature, also share common causes--mutations in proteins that help conduct ions into and out of cells. This symposium will focus on the genetic, cellular, and molecular commonalities of the episodic disorders.

The full meeting program is available on our website at


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