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30th Annual Neuroscience Conference

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Participants are saying
“The 29th Annual Neuroscience Conference planning committee brought together a wonderful variety of topics from experts in their fields. It was a joy to meet and talk with many of the attendees who traveled not only from parts of Central Pennsylvania but also throughout the region.”
Akash Agarwal, MD, FAANS

This program is designed for nurses and health care professionals caring for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. The presentations offer a blend of information on both adult and pediatric patients. All participants should find this a particularly rewarding conference, highlighted by nationally known, dynamic speakers. A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine in cooperation with the Susquehanna Valley of Central PA Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Agenda and Objectives

Thursday, April 11

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Topic: Neuroscience Research
    Sean S. Mahase, MD
  • 9:15 a.m. | The Brain Can’t Drain: Unclogging Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (Stroke Credit)
    Erin Conahan, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, PHRN

    • Describe the pathophysiology of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
    • Compare and contrast symptoms for venous and arterial strokes.
    • List three risk factors for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis not commonly associated with ischemic stroke.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:45 a.m. | Topic: Shunt Malfunctions
    Elisha J. Peregino, CRNP
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in the Pavilion
  • 1 p.m. | Eksoskeleton-NeuroRehabilitation Gait Training – Neurologic Diagnoses and Spinal Cord Trauma (Trauma Credit)
    Kate Hayes, PT, DPT
    Tonya Doyle, PT, DPT

    • Identify appropriate candidates for eksoskeleton-neurorehabilitation gait training using inclusion and exclusion criteria.
    • Outline what steps need to occur from interpersonal clinical teams to begin eksoskeleton-neurorehabilitation gait training with therapy.
    • Describe eksoskeleton-neurorehabilitation gait training with therapy and see a demonstration of equipment use.
  • 2 p.m. | School Reintegration Post Hospitalization
    Marie Muskey

    • Compare and contrast general education and special education.
    • Describe reintegration to school post-hospitalization as a process.
    • Explain BrainSTEPS and the benefits of this program.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 3:15 p.m. | KPets – Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
    Darlene Graham

    • Explain the importance of the human/animal bond and the value of using this bond to promote well-being.
    • Describe the role KPETS plays in educating, screening and registering volunteer teams to provide “pet therapy” services.
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Friday, April 12

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Treatment Decisions for Acute Ischemic Stroke Using Advanced Imaging (Stroke Credit)
    Rachel Malloy, DNP, RN, CNRN, SCRN

    • Identify early computer tomography (CT) changes after acute ischemic stroke.
    • Discuss the role of CT angiogram and CT perfusion.
    • Define the Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECT).
    • Discuss the role of MRI in stroke evaluation.
  • 9:15 a.m. | What’s Hot, What’s Not in Stroke Advances (Stroke Credit)
    Alicia Richardson, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, ANVP-BC, ASC-BC

    • Discuss evidence-based hyperacute treatments for acute ischemic stroke patients.
    • Discuss evidence-based treatments for hemorrhagic stroke patients.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:45 a.m. | Topic: Pain Management (Trauma Credit)
    Sprague W. Hazard III, MD
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in the Pavilion
  • 1 p.m. | Functional Neurologic Disorders: From the Dancing Plague to TikTok Tics and Everything In Between
    Erin Fecske, DNP, APRN, CNRN, CPNP-PC, FAES

    • Review diagnostic criteria for Functional Neurologic Disorder (FND).
    • Identify symptoms of FND.
    • Discuss social media influence in the development of FND.
  • 2 p.m. | Targeted Temperature Management (TTM): A Review of the Basics and Evidence-Based Insights for Application in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (Stroke Credit)
    Eric Piasecki, MSN, RN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, TCRN, SCRN

    • Describe the role of TTM in emergency medicine and critical care.
    • Name at least two evidence-based practices pertaining to the use of TTM.
    • Discuss patient management during the TTM process, specifically the identification and treatment of shivering and fever prevention methods.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 3:15 p.m. | Neuroscience Patients in the White House
    Cynthia A. Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN

    • Identify at least three residents of the White House who have had a neurologic illness or injury.
    • Describe how neuroscience care has changed over the past 200 years.
    • Describe how the health care of the White House occupants has changed over the past 200 years.
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Course Director

Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc
Professor, Chair Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Public Health Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health


Participants are saying
“Penn State Continuing Education and the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of AANN did another excellent job with this year’s 2023 Annual Neuroscience Conference. It was great to hear from such a knowledgeable and engaging group of speakers while also having the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the region.”
Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc, Professor and Chair Department of Neurosurgery

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

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

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Susquehanna Valley Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses Representative

Stacy Snyder
Continuing Medical Education, 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 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), 6 per day. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants are saying

“Always very impressive.”

“All of the topics were on point. Very glad to be able to meet together after the pandemic.”

2023 Participants

Nurses Using AMA Credit

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

Occupational Therapy Credit

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Title 49, Chapter 42 Pa Code 42.54 (c)(6). Occupational Therapists licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

Physical Therapy

This activity has been approved for 12.0 hours (12.00 GEN,0.00 DA) of Physical Therapy credit (PT) by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy. PA Board Approval PTPR016007.

Stroke Credit

This activity qualifies for 4 stroke credit hours.
1 = Thursday
3 = Friday

Trauma Credit

This activity qualifies for 2 adult trauma credit hours.
1 = Thursday
1 = Friday

Presentation recordings will be available for one month following the activity and will be for registered participants only.  To receive CME credit, you must attend the activity or view recordings and complete an evaluation within the one-month timeframe.  The link for the recordings will be available in eeds following the activity.


Participants are saying
“Excellent information for a wider variety of practitioners.”
“Presentations touched on all levels and different corners of the neuroscience world.”
2023 Participants

The fee per person includes the cost of instruction, online handout materials and all listed meals and refreshments.

$255 for two days
$155 for one day

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

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

Cancellations received after Wednesday, April 3, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Sunday, April 7.


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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.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

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 activities. Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any relevant financial relationships with commercial companies disclosed by faculty, course directors and planning committee members. Complete disclosure information will be provided to participants at the beginning of the activity.

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