Annual Colloquium on Neuromuscular Disorders

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About the colloquium

Hosted by the OHSU Brain Institute, this full-day CME course will explore both basic and advanced diagnosis and management challenges in neuromuscular disorders. National and international experts in the field of neuromuscular medicine will present engaging lectures aimed at fine-tuning one's skills in evaluating patients with myopathy, peripheral neuropathy and neuromuscular junction disorders. Updates in the latest neuromuscular research as well as challenging cases will be explored and discussed. We invite registered attendees to submit their most challenging or undiagnosed cases for case studies and panel discussion. 

Who should attend

Neurologists, rheumatologists, physiatrists, internal medicine and family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others who treat or manage patients with a neuromuscular disorder.

  • Review the clinical presentation and salient findings in selected neuromuscular transmission disorders including myasthenia gravis, discuss diagnostic strategies in potential NMT disorders including use of electrodiagnostic and serological studies, survey management strategies for confirmed NMT disorders.
  • Describe the importance of placebo in treating neuromuscular disorders.
  • Explain the biology and neuroscience of the placebo effect.
  • Explain the factors that contribute to the placebo response in clinical trials.
  • Explain how to manipulate the placebo effect.
  • Scientifically describe the role of empathy and expectations in the healing process response to treatment.
  • Review an approach to non-myopathy mimics of myositis, discuss case examples of non-myopathy mimics of myositis, review myopathy mimics of (treatable) myositis.
  • Discuss case examples of myopathy mimics of (treatable) myositis.
  • Discuss clinical scenarios where a muscle biopsy is no longer required, discuss clinical scenarios where a muscle biopsy is indispensable, introduce a highly effective systematic interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of myopathies.
  • Recognize the important clinical features of CIDP.
  • Explain an approach that can determine when an atypical presentation is a variant of CIDP.
  • Recognize the pitfalls that can lead to mis-diagnosis.
  • Develop a treatment plan that optimize therapeutic benefit.
  • Describe the relationship of ALS and frontotemporal dementia at the clinical, genetic and neuropathologic level.
  • Explain the importance of repeat expansions in C9orf72.
  • Describe antisense oligonucleotides and their therapeutic potential in ALS and related neurodegnerations.
  • Describe clinical testing and pipeline of approaches to therapy.
  • Discuss ongoing neuromuscular studies at OHSU.

In accordance with the requirements of the Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, each instructor and member of the planning committee has disclosed any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. 

2020 event canceled

The 2020 conference scheduled for March 14, 2020, was canceled. 

Information on future events will be published when available.

Additional information

Please contact Dina Girgenti-Iida with questions.

For help in getting a refund for your registration, please email Dina Girgenti-Iida  or call 971-244-2189.

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