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27th Neuroscience Conference

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Participants are saying
“Excellent program!”
2019 attendee, in-person event

This program is designed for health care 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.

Agenda and Objectives

March 18, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. | Log In/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment (TEMT) To Treat Alzheimer’s Disease: Reversal of Cognitive Impairment
    (Note: This session is not eligible for CME credit.)
    Gary W. Arendash, PhD

    • Explain the probable root causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how TEMT targets them.
    • Describe the positive effects TEMT can have on cognition and brain function in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 9:15 a.m. | Clinical Management of ALS – A Whole New Ballgame
    Carrie Reichwein, MS, CCC-SLP

    • Identify current recommendations related to medical and therapeutic management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
    • Discuss special considerations and contraindications related to ALS diagnosis.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | Queasy Come, Queasy Go: Managing Nausea in Neuroscience Patients
    Michael Rogers, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN

    • Describe underlying pathologies that predispose neuroscience patients to nausea.
    • Differentiate circumstances under which nausea is an expected symptom vs. cause for concern.
    • Integrate interventions proven effective at managing nausea into current interdisciplinary practice.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Virtual Lunch/Networking/Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:15 p.m. | Can Having Fun Cause A Stroke?
    Erin Conahan, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, PHRN
    Claranne Mathiesen, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA

    • Describe vessel changes that occur as a result of dissection and how this leads to stroke.
    • Recognize patient presentations consistent with cervicocerebral artery dissection.
    • List three recreational activities that are implicated in cervicocerebral artery dissection.
  • 1:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 1:30 p.m. | Spinal Cord Vascular Disease
    Veronica Chehata, MD

    • Describe the various causes of spinal cord vascular disease.
    • Summarize the treatment, rehabilitation and prognosis of spinal cord vascular disease.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

March 19, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. | Log In/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Infant Abusive Head Trauma Update
    Mark S. Dias, MD

    • Compare and contrast the clinical features of accidental and abusive head trauma.
    • Develop a differential diagnosis for presentations of abusive head trauma.
    • Describe the clinical and radiological features of medical mimics of abusive head trauma.
  • 9:15 a.m. | Acute Flaccid Myelitis: A Mysterious Neuromuscular Illness
    Cathy Cartwright, DNP, RN-BC, PCNS, FAAN

    • Discuss the epidemiology of acute flaccid myelitis.
    • List the nursing interventions for this mysterious illness.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | A Stimulating Talk on Neuromodulation
    Michael D. Sather, MD, FAANS

    • Define common neuromodulation devices and their anatomical location of action.
    • Describe diseases that can be treated with neuromodulation.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Virtual Lunch/Networking/Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:15 p.m. | Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) in Acute Neuroscience Nursing
    Joseph Haymore, DNP, RN, CNRN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

    • Identify evidence based indications for the use of TTM for patients with acute neuroscience disorders.
    • Evaluate existing gaps in evidence-based neuroscience nursing practice when providing TTM to patients with acute neuroscience disorders
  • 1:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 1:30 p.m. | Neurorecovery Following Brain Injury
    Jill K. Buchle, MSN, CRNP

    • Describe the Ranchos Los Amigos scale and how it relates to brain injury recovery.
    • List goals of brain injury rehabilitation.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment


Participants are saying
“Great variety of topics with some very dynamic speakers.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

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
UPMC Pinnacle

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Susquehanna Valley Chapter AANN Representative

Stacy Snyder
CME Education Program Specialist
Penn State College of Medicine



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 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 9 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.

These credits meet the criteria set by the ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center as contact hours that are acceptable for renewal certification. Additional information is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Physical Therapy

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 9.0 credits through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs State Board of Physical Therapy.


Participants are saying
“The chosen speakers did a nice job! As always, a well-organized conference and I look forward to attending again next year.”
2019 attendee, in-person event
  • $35 for one day
  • $50 for two days

Fee includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Registrations received after March 17, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after March 11, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after March 15, 2021.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


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 any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


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

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

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

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