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Browse Plenary Sessions

There are seven plenary sessions, one each day, beginning on Saturday evening. Hear from more than 40 leading researchers presenting the latest advances in neuroscience.

Hot Topics Plenary Session

Saturday, April 21 
4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

This session features translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Four outstanding physician-scientists provide summaries of their recent research findings and describe the clinical implications of the results.

Presidential Plenary Session

Sunday, April 22
9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


This session features the AAN's premier lecture awards for clinically relevant research and a presentation by a leading lecturer. Top researchers speak on some of the most significant findings in neurology in 2018. 

Moderator
Natalia S. Rost, MD, FAAN
Vice Chair, AAN Science Committee

Presidential Lecture
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
California Dreaming: BRAIN and Precision Medicine in 2018

Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology
Richard S. Finkel, MD
Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando, FL
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Is a Treatable Neurodegenerative Disease

George C. Cotzias Lecture
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD
University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA
How Early-life Experiences Sculpt Your Brain: From Molecules to Circuits

Robert Wartenberg Lecture
Lisa M. DeAngelis, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Contemporary Clinical Issues Plenary Session

Monday, April 23
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This session highlights issues most critical to practicing neurologists, including abstracts related to new therapeutic developments, clinical applications of basic and translational research, and innovative technical developments. Commentary and discussion follow each presentation.

Clinical Trials Plenary Session

Tuesday, April 24
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

This session highlights issues most critical to practicing neurologists, including abstracts related to new therapeutic developments, clinical applications of basic and translational research, and innovative technical developments. Commentary and discussion follow each presentation.

Frontiers in Neuroscience Plenary Session

Wednesday, April 25
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This plenary session features basic and translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Six outstanding physician-scientists provide summaries of their recent research findings and describe the clinical implications of the results.

Moderator
Paul M. George, MD, PhD, MSE
Member, Science Committee

The Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia
Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Does Connectomics Make Sense?
Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD
Harvard University, Boston, MA

Biology of Bedtime: Understanding Circadian Rhythms and Sleep
Amita Sehgal, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Combining Patient-Derived Cell and Animal Models to Uncover Epilepsy Mechanisms and Precision Therapies
Jack M. Parent, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

BigBrain: A High Resolution 3D Digital Human Brain Atlas
Alan Evans, PhD
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Leveraging the Study of Pediatric MS to Identify Risk Factors for the Disease
Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, FAAN
University of San Francisco-California, San Francisco, CA

Controversies in Neurology Plenary Session

Thursday, April 26
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

This session features experts discussing the most current and controversial issues in neuroscience. It is set up as a debate format in which two speakers argue one side of a single topic, followed by a rebuttal.

Neurology in Review Plenary Session

Friday, April 27
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This session will feature six speakers, each focusing on the latest research that has happened in the last year within a specific subspecialty topic.


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