Dates: Monday, September 19, 2016 - Friday, September 23, 2016

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The Michael J. Bresnan Continuing Medical Education Course in Child Neurology is an intensive, comprehensive CME activity covering new developments in child neurology. Multidisciplinary sessions range from basic neuroscience to the latest evidence from clinical trials that should influence the current practice of child neurology. 

The faculty of the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s serves as the core faculty for this course, with several invited guests who will share their expertise.

The Michael J. Bresnan Child Neurology Course will cover the following:

    •  autism spectrum disorders
    •  learning disorders
    •  perinatal disorders
    •  metabolic diseases
    •  infectious diseases afflicting the nervous system
    •  diseases involving the neuromuscular system
    •  convulsive disorders

Thank you for your interest in our course, and we look forward to seeing you in September.

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Autism spectrum disorders. One in 88 children are diagnosed with autism each year. Diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders are challenging because of their complexities. Studies continue to show early intervention and diagnosis are important in reversing and/or maintaining these children’s developmental skills.

Learning disabilities and behavioral disorders continue to be important topics. Roughly 5 percent of children are diagnosed with a learning disability and 4 percent of those children have ADHD coupled with a learning disability (Department of Education, 2010).

Perinatal disorders also continue to be an important and growing area of research in childhood disease. Many physicians have limited experience and exposure to childhood stroke. Classification, evaluation and treatment are still new and burgeoning areas of education (Kyland, Hirtz, DeVeber, & Nelson, 2002).

Metabolic diseases. According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, mitochondria are responsible for sustaining 90 percent of the energy needed to support development and growth. Diseases that affect mitochondria can cause significant damage to major organs. There is a great variability in presentation of the disease, making diagnosis difficult (Haas, Parikh, & Parikh, 2007).