Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting 2016: What to Expect

Learn about the key scientific sessions taking place at CNS 2016 and follow along with Neurology Advisor for full meeting coverage.

This year’s Child Neurology Society (CNS) Annual Meeting promises a full 4-day schedule of groundbreaking research and clinical guidance as a record number of attendees are set to meet at the Vancouver Convention Center, in British Columbia.

The meeting, which runs from October 26 to 29, will include several symposia, the first of which will be on neurofibromatosis. Additional symposia include one on the treatment of childhood migraine, which will be led by CNS president Kenneth Mack, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic, as well as a relevant update on Zika virus led by Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, from Baylor University. Friday and Saturday will feature symposia on challenges and opportunities in child neurology, led by Mark Mintz, MD, from The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, and James Bale Jr, MD, from the University of Utah; new findings in neonatal-onset epilepsies, led by Sarah Mulkey, MD, PhD, from the Children’s National Health System; as well as a multifaceted presentation on cannabis in epilepsy, including perspectives from clinical, parent, and advocacy representatives.

Two poster sessions will be held over the course of the meeting, during which more than 254 accepted posters will be on display for review and engagement with authors. The sessions will run Thursday and Friday, with access to the exhibition hall, as well.

A new and special addition to this year’s schedule includes the “Neuro Night Cap” symposium, which will review neurology in art, literature, and music.

Several symposia this year have been replaced by or now include sessions offering continuing medical education (CME), including education, headache, sleep, and neurogenetics and neurodevelopmental special interest groups.

Thursday will feature several award presentations, including the CNS Roger & Mary Brumback Lifetime Achievement Awards and the CNS Bernard D’Souza International Fellowship Awards.

Friday will feature 2 platform sessions, as well as the Bernard Sachs Lecture on “Timing in Morphogenesis and Genetic Gradients During Normal Development,” given by Harvey Sarnat, MS, MD, FRCPC, of Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, and the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award Lecture on “First In-human Intrathecal AAV9-Mediated Gene Transfer in Giant Axonal Neuropathy,” given by Diana Bharucha-Goebel, MD, of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. There will also be several more award presentations, including the AAP Award, the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Child Neurology Foundation Scientific Award Announcements.

On Saturday, Harvey Singer, MD, of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, will give the Hower Award Lecture titled, “A Series of Experiences.”

Be sure to check back with Neurology Advisor for full coverage of CNS 2016.