Neurology's 50th Anniversary: Celebrating the Advances in Neurological Care

Milwaukee, WI US
September 21, 2024

As the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Neurology celebrates their 50th Anniversary, we are excited to share our knowledge of the amazing advances in neurological care with you. This program is designed to meet the needs of primary care providers, including family medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, internists, pediatricians and community-based neurologists. We will educate clinicians on the best approaches to common neurological complaints and more complex situations, involving consideration of newer and novel therapeutic agents.

The workshop will also feature approaches of several specialist providers with extensive experience caring for these patient populations. Each speaker will share their respective insights, approaches to assessing the patient, ordering diagnostic testing, determining decision points for referral and presenting evidence-based therapeutic recommendations suitable for the community setting. 

Target Audience

Physicians (Primary care, General Neurologist, (MD/DO)
Nurse Practitioners (AP/NP, FNP, NP, DNP)
Physician Assistants
Registered Nurse
(Residents, Fellows, Medical Students)

Learning Objectives

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to: 

  • Identify common neurologic disorders and initiate treatment and/or triage issues.
  • Describe post stroke management and residual stroke deficits. 
  • Create strategies for transitioning pediatric patients inflicted with neurologic illness to adult neurology practices to aid their patients in navigating the system.
  • Examine the role of neuropsychology in treating dementia.
  • Identify neuroimmunological conditions across the lifespan.
  • Implement new treatments in headache management.
  • Identify best practice treatments for movement disorders.
Additional information


Mary Brehm
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-8701
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.50 NP Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/21/2024 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/21/2024 - 4:00pm CDT


Title: Advancements in Aphasia Rehabilitation

Speaker: Drs. Jeffrey Binder and Sara Pillay


  • Evaluate Traditional and Emerging Therapies for Aphasia Rehabilitation: Attendees will gain knowledge about the current traditional therapies, such as speech-language therapy, as well as emerging therapies including neurostimulation techniques
  • Understand the Benefits and Implementation of Intensive Therapy Programs: Attendees will learn about the characteristics, benefits, and evidence supporting intensive therapy programs
  • Current models of language in the brain: Attendees will learn how modern neuroimaging studies have changed our views of language processing in the brain
  • Current models of aphasia: Attendees will learn useful approaches to aphasia diagnosis and classification

Title:  Advances in Brain Injury Science and Medicine:  MCW’s Vital Role

Speaker: Dr. Michael McCrea 


  • Summarize major progress in traumatic brain injury research and care  
  • Highlight contributions by MCW
  • Discuss future directions in clinical translation

Title: Epilepsy Across the Lifespan: Exploring Innovations in Seizure Management

Speaker: Drs. Avantika Singh and Chad Carlson 


  • Review advances in neonatal seizure management
  • Explore the scope of genetic testing for early life epilepsy
  • Redefine pharmacoresistant epilepsy
  • Navigate effective transition from pediatric to adult epileptologist
  • Identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to treatment resistant epilepsy in adults

Title: Alzheimer’s Disease: Past, Present, and Future

Speaker: Drs. Laura Umfleet and Piero Antuono


  • Provide an overview of the diagnosis of AD from preclinical to dementia stages 
  • Discuss lifestyle habits that help prevent clinical symptoms of AD
  • Discuss the latest oral and infusion treatments for AD 

Title: Updates on MS

Speaker: Drs. Lileth Mondok and Ahmed Obeidat


  • Provide an update on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis in the adult population
  • Provide an update on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis in the pediatric population
  • Provide an update on symptomatic management in people with multiple sclerosis

Title:  Disappearing Spoon, Disappearing Cancer – and the Link to Gallium

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Connelly


  • To review recent advances in the diagnosis and management of glioblastoma
  • To discuss the role of iron as a critical driver of malignant processes
  • To understand the potential role gallium maltolate may provide in treatment of malignant brain tumors

Title: Updates in Treatments for Movement Disorders

Speaker: Drs. Karen Blindauer and Ryan Brennan


  • Review results of recent clinical trials for the treatment of Parkinson Disease
  • Understand focus of current ongoing clinical trials for the treatment of Parkinson Disease
  • Review currently available surgical options for the treatment of Parkinson Disease and tremor

Title: Migraine: State of the Art: Back to and into the Future 

Speaker: Dr. Fred Freitag


  • Examine the historical changes in the State of the Art.
  • Assess the Issues that have precluded further advancement
  • Propose the areas of greatest advancement in the next 50 years



MCW- Hub for Collaborative Medicine
8701 W Watertown Plank Rd
Dunn Conference Room
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Other Planners and Speakers

Piero Antuono, M.D.
Professor, Neurology and Biophysics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Jeffrey Binder, MD
Professor of Neurology and Biophysics
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Research Program
Co-Director, Aphasia Research Program
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Karen Blindauer, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director - Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Program
Adult Neurology Division Chief
Co-Director - Neuroscience Service Line
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Chad Carlson, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair - Education
Program Director - Adult Neurology Residency
Co-Director - Froedtert Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Medical College of Wisconsin

Frederick Freitag, DO, FAHS
Emeritus Professor of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Lee David Klemens, APNP
Nurse Practitioner – Epilepsy
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Lileth Joy Mondok, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Child Neurology
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Sara Pillay, PhD, ABPP 
Associate Professor
Division of Neuropsychology
Department of Neurology

Medical College of Wisconsin

Fallon Schloemer, DO
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director – Neurology Residency
Medical Director – Froedtert Neurosciences Clinic
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Avantika Singh, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Child Neurology

Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Sara Swanson, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Neurology
Division Chief, Adult Neuropsychology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Laura Umfleet, PsyD, ABPP
Associate Professor
Division of Neuropsychology
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin

The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.








Ryan T. Brennan, DO
Assistant Professor
Director, Deep Brain Stimulation & Specialized Treatments
Movement Disorders Program
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin


Speaking or Teaching

Jennifer Connelly, MD
Co-Director of Neuro-Oncology
Department of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin




Advisory Committee

Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP
Professor and Vice Chair of Research
Co-Director, Center for Neurotrauma Research
Director, Clinical Neuroscience Research Center
Wisconsin Institute of Neuroscience (WINS)
Department of Neurosurgery Medical College of Wisconsin

Abbott LaboratoriesResearcher

Ahmed Obeidat, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Chief, Neuroimmunology and MS
Founding Director, Neuroimmunology and MS fellowship
Department of NeurologyThe Medical College of Wisconsin

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Banner Life Sciences, BD Biosciences, Biogen, Biologix Solutions, Bristol Myers Squibb, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech, GW Pharmaceuticals, Horizon Therapeutics, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis (local and global), Sandoz, Sanofi Genzyme, TG Therapeutics, and Viela Bioscientific advisory boards, steering committees, and/or for speaking engagements

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 6 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 

Nurse Practitioners:
Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 150930.  This program has been approved for 4.5 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.00 hours of pharmacology).

Available Credit

  • 4.50 NP Contact Hours


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