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Duke Neurology at ACNS 2020: Highlights from New Orleans

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Members of the Duke Neurology Department helped advance the practice and profession of clinical neurophysiology at the 2020 American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans this week. Our faculty, housestaff, and medical students led courses and breakout sessions, presented posters, and played leadership roles within the ACNS. 

Courses and sessions directed by members of our Department included:

  • Business of clinical neurophysiology - Matthew Luedke, MD
  • CNP directors’ symposium - Saurabh Sinha, MD, PhD
  • Evoked potentials - Aatif Husain, MD
  • Navigating the mixed CNP fellowship landscape and incorporating other CNP modalities (sleep, IOM, autonomic, etc) - Saurabh Sinha, MD, PhD
  • Quality measures for clinical neurophysiology - Matthew Luedke, MD
  • Staffing models for continuous visual surveillance in the EMU and ICU monitoring units - Christa Swisher, MD

  • Visual EEG surveillance and timely event reporting. Is it a necessity or a luxury? -  Christa Swisher, MD

  • Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) - Aatif Husain, MD

In addition, among others, members of our Department presented the following posters and abstracts:

  • A novel approach to visualizing normal EEG variants via source localization techniques - Shareena Rahman, MD, Aatif Husain, MD, Muhammad Shazad Zafar, MD
  • Evolution of vertex waves as seen through source localization - Abhi Kapuria, MD, Muhammad Shazad Zafar, MD (Pediatric Neurology), and colleagues
  • Improving the specificity of non-specific triphasic waves on EEG - Shareena Rahman, MD, Muhammad Shazad Zafar, MD (Pediatric Neurology), and colleagues
  • Intravenous ganaxolone achieves rapid and dose-dependent sustained improvement in EEG seizure burden in patients with refractory status epilepticus - Aatif Husain, MD, Brad Kolls, MD, PhD, Christa Swisher, MD, and colleagues
  • Novel variants and epilepsy in Malan syndrome: Clinical case series - Senyene Hunter, MD, PhD, and Muhammad Shazad Zafar, MD

Duke Neurology faculty also continued as leaders of the ACNS. Husain, a two-time past president, continues as the ACNS’s journal editor and co-chaired their course committee. Sinha was re-elected as ACNS secretary; Luedke was elected as an ACNS fellow and co-chaired their Business and Practice Committee.

The ACNS works to serve patients and society by empowering members to advance the science, practice and profession of clinical neurophysiology. Its 2021 meeting will take place in Austin, Texas, next February.