26th Annual Neuroscience Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, 2019

Hershey Country Club

1000 E. Derry Road
Hershey, PA 17033

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This program is designed for healthcare professionals caring for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. The presentations offer a blend of information on both the adult and pediatric patient. All participants should find this a particularly rewarding conference, highlighted by nationally known, dynamic speakers.

Planning Committee

Sandra J. Brettler, MSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Carrie Dunkle, BSN, RN, CRRN
Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital

Cynthia Ebersole, LPN
Post-Op Wound Care
Licensed Aesthetician
Lancaster Neuroscience & Spine Associates

Martha Faison, BS, RN, CRNFA, CNRN, SCRN
Inpatient Neuroscience Nurse Supervisor
UPMC Pinnacle

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Stroke Program Manager
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Stacy Snyder
CME Conference Coordinator
Penn State College of Medicine


Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. A list of Hershey-area lodging is available upon request or online.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • April 11, 2019: 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • April 12, 2019: 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Nurses using AMA credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in a maximum of 12 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing website.


Total credit of three hours (two Thursday and one Friday).

Adult Trauma

Total credit of one hour (Friday).

Physical Therapy

This conference has been approved for 12 CEUs of Physical Therapy Credit by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy, approval number PTCE014052.


April 11, 2019: 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In and Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Huntington’s Disease: One Family’s Journey to Eradication
    Kathy Morrison MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA

    • Describe the pathophysiology and prognosis of Huntington’s disease
    • Outline clinical manifestations, treatment and care needs
    • Express the impact on the family
  • 9:15 a.m. | Brain Health Matters – Lessons for All Generations (stroke credit)
    Patricia C. Lane, MBA, HCA

    • Name at least five components of brain health
    • List at least two tactics for brain health resiliency across generations
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break in Traditions Room, and Exhibits
  • 10:45 a.m. | Utilizing Palliative Care in Advanced Neurologic Disease
    Robin M. Hicks, DO

    • Define palliative care
    • Identify neurologic patients that may benefit from palliative care
    • Demonstrate palliative care interventions
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in Pavilion
  • 1 p.m. | Epilepsy: Broad Overview and Treatment Options
    Sasan Salimian, MD

    • Differentiate epilepsy into focal and generalized types
    • Distinguish between old and new medications as well as non-medical treatments for patients with epilepsy
    • Convey the uses for an epilepsy monitoring unit in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy
  • 2 p.m. | Primary Brain Tumors in Adults: A Brief Overview
    Sarah Beam APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN

    • Identify surgical interventions for different kinds of brain tumors
    • Name the difference between primary and secondary brain tumors
    • Discuss the standard of care for treatment of glioblastoma
  • 3 p.m. | Break in Traditions Room, and Exhibits
  • 3:15 p.m. | Learning from Famous Neuro Cases (stroke credit)
    Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

    • Identify four famous neuro cases that have occurred in past 100 years
    • Discuss how the appropriate nursing assessment and interventions for a patient who has sustained a neurologic disorder or injury have changed over the past century
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

April 12, 2019: 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In and Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Spina Bifida in the Pediatric Population
    Laura Murphy, MD

    • Describe the clinical features of pediatric spina bifida
    • Cite the common chronic conditions that these patients have
    • List the importance of a multidisciplinary team in the care of children with spina bifida
    • Compare common procedures that assist patients with self-care as they age
  • 9:15 a.m. | Understanding Head Trauma: A Potpourri of Injuries (trauma credit)
    Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

    • Identify two different types of head trauma
    • Discuss the appropriate nursing assessment and interventions for a patient who has sustained a head injury
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break in Traditions Room
  • 10:45 a.m. | Treatment Modalities of Central Nervous System Tumors
    Jaci Dudley, PharmD, BCOP

    • Review challenges of CNS tumor treatment including the function of the blood-brain barrier, brain toxicities and immunotherapy obstacles
    • Analyze current treatment options for common CNS tumor types
    • Explore recent developments in vaccines and clinical trials for CNS tumors
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in Pavilion
  • 1 p.m. | Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
    John P. Kelleher, MD

    • Discuss the diagnostic indicators of adult degenerative scoliosis
    • Review surgical treatment options through case study discussions
  • 2 p.m. | Stroke Imaging: No Longer Intimidating (stroke credit)
    Alicia Richardson, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, ANVP

    • Identify key characteristics in stroke CT and MRI images
    • Recognize important clinical findings on CT imaging
  • 3 p.m. | Break in Traditions Room, and Exhibits
  • 3:15 p.m. | How One Child Changed his Family’s Overwhelming Challenges through Early Intervention
    Sue Maurer, LPT, and Holly Brubaker

    • Identify two reasons why early-intervention programs are beneficial for the development of a child with spina bifida
    • Recognize the advantages of family participation in an early-intervention program
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment


Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner
OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute

Holly Brubaker
Parent Perspective

Jaci Dudley, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Oncology
UPMC Pinnacle Hospital

Robin M. Hicks, DO
Supportive Care & Palliative Medicine
UPMC Pinnacle

John P. Kelleher, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Patricia C. Lane, MBA, HCA
Bon Secours Richmond Administrative Director
Neuroscience and EMS Outreach
Bon Secours Mercy Health System

Sue Maurer, LPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Developmental and Disability Services of the Lebanon Valley

Laura Murphy, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Complex Care
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN
Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Department of Trauma
Temple University Hospital

Alicia Richardson, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, ANVP
Stroke Program CNS
Penn State Neuroscience Institute

Sasan Salimian, MD
Attending Physician
Neurology, Epilepsy
UPMC Pinnacle


Fee includes listed meals, instruction, online handout materials and refreshments.

  • Early-bird registration on or before Feb. 8, 2019: $230 for two days (no discount available for one-day registration)
  • After Feb. 8, 2019: $255 for two days; $155 for one day

Registrations received after April 10, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after April 3, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after April 7, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Save the Date

The 27th Annual Neuroscience Conference will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Hershey Country Club (conference ID J6473).


This program is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine in cooperation with the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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