GHS hosts event focused on normal pressure hydrocephalus

GREENVILLE (Jan. 12, 2016)—The Greenville Health System (GHS) Neurological Institute will host a symposium on normal pressure hydrocephalus, an often misdiagnosed condition that impacts about 700,000 adults in the United States.

Normal pressure hydrocephalus is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain’s ventricles or cavities. It occurs if the normal flow of CSF throughout the brain and spinal cord is blocked in some way. This causes the ventricles to enlarge and it places pressure on the brain. It can occur in people at any age, but it’s most common in the elderly.

“We are excited to host this event and look forward to sharing information from the leading researchers on normal pressure hydrocephalus in the United States,” said Dr. Fredy Revilla, chief of the GHS Division of Neurology.

“Is It Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)?” will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Coleman Medical Staff Auditorium at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The symposium, which is receiving support from the Hydrocephalus Association, will focus on approaches and challenges in diagnosing and treating normal pressure hydrocephalus.

“We are excited to support this event that will bring together leading practitioners and researchers on normal pressure hydrocephalus to raise awareness with the medical professionals directly serving this patient population,” stated Diana Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the Hydrocephalus Association. “This is an opportunity to begin to address the critical need for early diagnosis of NPH and the first of many similar events we hope to support around the country.”

The symposium’s speakers include:

Dr. Alberto Espay, associate professor and endowed chair of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters as well as three books, including “Common Movement Disorders Pitfalls.”

Dr. Mark G. Hamilton, director of the Adult Hydrocephalus Program and Surgical Neuro-Oncology Program and Pediatric Neurosurgery Program at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Hamilton established the University of Calgary Adult Hydrocephalus Program in 2008 and started the Calgary Adult Hydrocephalus Clinic, which will have over 1,000 patient visits in 2015. Dr. Hamilton helped establish the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, of which he is the chair, with the support of Hydrocephalus Association. His main clinical and research interests are the diagnosis and management of hydrocephalus in adults. He is a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board.

Sheldon Herring, Ph.D, serves as the clinical director of the Outpatient Traumatic Brain Injury and Young Stroke Programs of the GHS Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. He also serves on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of America. He conducts workshops on neurological rehabilitation around the country.

Dr. Michael Williams is a professor of neurology and neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized expert in the field of adult hydrocephalus, and he co-chaired the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Workshop on hydrocephalus, helped to create the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF), hosted its first scientific conference, and served as president of the society. He is a Principal Investigator for the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network and a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board.

Learn more about the event and register by clicking here.


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