15th Biennial Symposium Schedule

Thursday, November 1st

Friday, November 2nd

  • 8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30 Welcome Introduction – Lisa Butler
  • 8:30-9:00 Keynote Address – Michael Coleman
  • 9:00-9:30 Managing Your Fatigue – Dr. Bart Jacobs
  • 9:30-10:00 Benson Fellow Recap & Announcement – Dr. Ruth Huizinga and Dr. Janev Fehmi
  • 10:00-10:30 Break
  • 10:30-11:00 Current Research
    CIDP & MMN: Dr. Jeff Allen Sponsored by Shire
    GBS: Dr. Bart Jacobs
  • 11:00-11:30 Breakout Sessions
    CIDP/MMN Treatments – Dr. David Saperstein
    GBS Promising New Therapies – Dr. Ted Yednock
  • 11:30-12:00 Breakout Sessions
    CIDP/MMN ‘What if My Treatment Isn’t Working?’: Dr. David Cornblath
    GBS “Life After GBS”: Dr. Ken Gorson and Dr. Bart Jacobs
    Kids & Teen Session: Dr. Diana Castro
  • 12:00-1:30 LUNCH
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch & Learn Sponsored by CSL
  • 1:15-1:30 Chair Aerobics
  • 1:30-2:00 Breakout Sessions
    Sexual Health – Men’s Session: Dr. Joel Steinberg and Jeffrey Wertheimer, Ph.D
    Sexual Health – Women’s Session: Linda Brubaker, MD and Lynn Kuttnauer, Ph.D
    Insurance & Advocacy Updates – Dane Christiansen of Health and Medicine Council
  • 2:00-2:30 Adaptive Living Session: Maria Illiano Harris & Charla Fronczkowski – Bryn Mawr Rehab
  • 2:30-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-3:30 Managing Your Fatigue: Dr. Bart Jacobs
  • 3:00-3:50 An Integrative Approach to Autoimmune Neuropathy: Dr. Julie Rowin
  • 3:30-4:00 Insurance & Advocacy Updates – Dane Christiansen of Health & Medicine Council
  • 4:00-5:00 Ask the Experts
    CIDP & MMN: Dr. Jeffrey Allen, Dr. David Saperstein, Dr. Carol Lee Koski, Dr. Julie Rowin
    GBS: Dr. Bart Jacobs, Dr. David Cornblath, Dr. Diana Castro, Dr. Richard Lewis

Saturday, November 3rd

  • 8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:00 Understanding a Neurologist’s Approach to the Diagnosis & Treatment of GBS, CIDP & Related Variants – Dr. Richard Lewis
  • 9:00-9:30 Managing Residuals – Dr. Ken Gorson
  • 9:30-10:00 Managing Stress: Why & How: Dr. Richard Lewis and Dr. Lynn Kuttnauer
  • 9:30-10:00 Benson Fellow Recap & Announcement – Dr. Ruth Huizinga and Dr. Janev Fehmi
  • 10:00-10:30 Break
  • 10:30-11:00 Breakout Sessions
    CIDP: All About the Infusion Process: Amy E. Clarke, RN IgCN
    GBS – Then & Now: Residuals? Relapse? Recurrence?- Dr. David Cornblath
  • 11:00-12:00 Emotional Health Breakout
    Caregivers: Dr. Lynn Kuttnauer, Psychologist
    Patients: Jeffrey Wertheimer, Ph.D
  • 12:00-1:30 LUNCH
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch & Learn Sponsored by Grifols
  • 1:30-2:00 Ways to Get Involved with the Foundation
  • 2:00-3:00 PT/OT Session, Exercise on Own: Maria Illiano Harris & Charla Fronczkowski – Bryn Mawr Rehab
  • 3:00-3:30 Vaccinations: Dr. David Sapertein
  • 3:30-4:30 Ask the Experts
    CIDP & MMN: Dr. Ken Gorson, Dr. David Cornblath, Dr. Bart Jacobs, Dr. Richard Lewis
    GBS: Dr. David Sapertein, Dr. Jeffrey Allen, Dr. Carol Lee Koski
  • 5:00-8:00 ‘Cheers to 30 Years’ Closing Celebration
Concurrent Session Both Days: “Zen Den” Meditation, Mindfulness, and Yoga Pam Butler & Sterling Yoga