August 11th – Pre-Symposium Global Neuro Course

Global Neuro Course: State of the Art on Clinical Management of Brain and Spine Trauma?

Course Program PDF

Greetings from the Chairs

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Neuro Course as a pre-course for the 3rd Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies and AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. Such a great learning opportunity would not be possible without the generous support provided by Global Neuro, NREF, and AOSpine. These organizations are truly at the forefront of advancing neuro care worldwide. By providing neuro care specialists with excellent opportunities to share knowledge, network and innovate; courses such as these are invaluable for neurosurgeons and members of associated disciplines. We have done our best to create a course that covers a range of topics relevant to TBI and SCI care. The effects of these debilitating conditions on patient quality of life are well known, and this course serves as a means to engage you, the attendee, to enhance neurocritical knowledge and ensure patients are receiving the best care possible. We look forward to a day of learning, networking and great discussions. From both of us, welcome to the Neuro Course and we hope it is a great experience.


Dr. Michael Fehlings & Dr. Geoff Manley

Global Neuro

Global Neuro is excited to welcome you to the Neuro Course in beautiful Toronto. At the start of 2018, AONeuro transitioned to become an independent entity named Global Neuro. This strategic move ultimately allows us to broaden our geographic reach to neuro professionals and to form new partnerships. These changes provide a clear path forward to improve the educational and practical experiences in patient care and outcomes through rigorously prepared and evaluated curricula. At Global Neuro, we believe medicine, neurological care, and recovery is too complex to depend upon a single discipline. As such, collaboration is required to make the greatest impact on the progress and outcomes of our patients. Global Neuro strives to build collaborations with regional, national, and international societies and organizations to deliver symposia and courses at congresses and annual meetings. These partnerships enable us to provide the best formats possible. We hope this program meets your expectations as it is based on continuous development, study, evaluation, and discussion. Please join our network of professionals as we work together to improve the results in neuro care and rehabilitation for all our patients.

Warm Regards,

Paul N. Manson MD
Chairman Global Neuro

Course Description

This course covers the current best strategies and considerations for managing brain and spine trauma patients and is based on competencies defined in Global Neuro’s and AOSpine curriculums. The content is delivered using multiple methods. Comprehensive lectures concentrate on the understanding of core material. Interactive case presentations further deepen this knowledge and enrich the discussion in trauma management.

Case-based discussions link the lecture material and practical skills with the clinical problems encountered in clinical practice.

CME Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of VCU Health Continuing Medical Education and International Conference Services, Ltd.

VCU Health Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. VCU Health Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Rates

Attending Physician – USD 250.00
Resident/Fellow/Researched/Allied Health Practitioner – USD 100.00

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Review basic science and clinical translational advances in traumatic brain injury, cranial trauma, and spinal cord injury
  • Apply evidence-based decision making to the management of patients with TBI and SCI
  • Select the best operative and non-operative treatment for each patient
  • Discuss advances in the critical and neurocritical care of TBI in adults and children
  • Asses and manage patients with spinal trauma and spinal cord injury based on current guidelines

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Proposed Program


Talk Title


07:00-07:45 Registration and Coffee Michael Fehlings & Geoffrey Manley
07:45-08:00 Welcome Remarks and Course Introduction Michael Fehlings & Geoffrey Manley
08:00-08:15 Welcome from: Global Neuro; AONA, AOSpine and NREF Paul Manson, James Harrop & Shelly Timmons

Module 1

Traumatic Brain Injury and Cranial Trauma

Moderator: Geoffrey Manley

08:15-08:45 Basic Science of Traumatic Brain Injury: State of the Art John Povlishock
08:45–09:15 Clinical Translational Advances in Traumatic Brain Injury Geoffrey Manley
09:15–09:45 Advanced Techniques in Cranial Reconstruction Paul Manson
09:45–10:15 Decompressive Craniectomy Peter Hutchinson


Coffee and Networking Break

10:30–11:00 Critical Care of Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults and Children Andrew Baker & Jamie Hutchinson
11:00–11:30 Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Anthony Figaji
11:30–12:30 Case-based Panel Discussion with a focus on Neurocritical Care Decision Management
Moderator: Shelly Timmons


Networking Break and Pick Up of Boxed Lunch

12:45–13:30 Luncheon Seminars
An International Perspective on Traumatic Brain Injury
Biomarkers for Spinal Cord Injury
Andrew Maas & Brian Kwon

Module 2

Spine Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury

Moderator: Michael Fehlings

13:30–14:00 Basic Science of SCI: State of the Art Dalton Dietrich
14:00–14:30 Clinical Translational advances in Spinal Cord Injury Michael Fehlings
14:30–15:00 Assessment & Management of Spinal Cord Injury James Harrop
15:00–15:30 Critical Management of Spinal Cord Injury (including review of the AO Spine Guidelines) Greg Hawryluk


Coffee and Networking Break

15:45–16:30 Panel: Role and Timing of Surgery in Spinal Cord Injury
Moderator: Michael Fehlings
Bizhan Aarabi
James Harrop
Eve Tsai
Jefferson Wilson
Brain Kwon
Mark Kotter
Shekar Kurpad
16:30–17:30 Panel: Management of Complex Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma
Moderator: James Harrop
Jefferson Wilson
Bizhan Aarabi
Brain Kwon
Mark Kotter
David Okonkwo
Eve Tsai


Networking Cocktail Reception

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