29th International Symposium on Autonomic Nervous System (AAS) 18191

Newport Beach, CA US
October 24, 2018 to October 27, 2018

The purpose of this activity is so that providers can communicate published guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of clinical autonomic disorders, as well as state of the art clinical and basic science on autonomic physiology and clinical autonomic disorders. Clinical autonomic disorders are a poorly understood, but increasingly recognized set of disorders. This meeting will serve to update the “experts” on the latest advances in the field.

Generalist Workshop and UCNS Review Course

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, California

Wednesday, October 24

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Autonomic Medicine: A Course for Generalists Through Specialists

Organizer: David S. Goldstein, MD PhD


Workshop description: This workshop introduces autonomic medicine for generalists using a concept-based didactic approach and provides more directed coverage of autonomic disease entities, tests, and treatments for clinicians planning to take the UCNS certifying examination in autonomic disorders (https://www.ucns.org/go/subspecialty/autonomic). Faculty at the workshop are leading clinical academicians with extensive experience and expertise in this growing discipline.  The course follows the general organization of Dr. Goldstein’s Principles of Autonomic Medicine, which is a freely available resource for trainees, patients, and clinicians.


Real-time conference calls: The workshop at the American Autonomic Society annual meeting culminates a series of real-time conference calls led by Dr. Goldstein for meeting registrants.  Conference calls are optional for workshop participants but are highly recommended for clinicians planning to take the UCNS certifying examination. Calls are planned for Sundays at 2 PM EST on the following dates:


August 19 and 26

September 9, 16, 21, and 30

October 7, 14, and 21


To participate in the workshop and real-time conference calls:

Topics to be covered:


Generalists & Specialists

What are dysautonomias?

Why are dysautonomias so hard?

What is the autonomic nervous system?

Organization of the ANS

The central autonomic network

How does the ANS work?

Chemical messengers of the ANS

In dysautonomias what goes wrong?

The Dysautonomias Universe

                Dysautonomias across the life span

How are dysautonomis classified?

Conditions associated with autonomic failure

Conditions associated with autonomic stimulation

What are the symptoms and signs of dysautonomias?

What is orthostatic hypotension?

What is orthostatic intolerance?

Autonomic function tests

What is the most important autonomic function test?

Overview of physiological, pharmacologic, biochemical, neuroimaging, and genetic tests

Managing dysautonomias

The most effective treatment

Non-drug treatments

Drug treatments

Living with dysautonomias

The Big Picture

                How does homeostasis happen?

                Flipping the clinic


Specialists, UCNS Certifying Exam. Prep

Stars in the Dysautonomias Universe

Inherited or congenitals dysautonomias



Heart failure

Stress cardiopathy

Chronic orthostatic intolerance

Autonomically mediated syncope

Postural tachycardia syndrome

Baroreflex failure

Spinal cord injury


Chronic autonomic failure

                                Multiple system atrophy

                                Pure autonomic failure

                                Parkinson’s disease with orthostatic hypotension

                                Dementia with Lewy bodies

Autoimmunity-associated dysautonomias

Autonomic function tests: detailed consideration




Neuroimaging (macroscopic & microscopic)


Managing dysautonomias: detailed consideration

Non-drug treatments

Drug treatments

Target Audience

Physicians treating patients with autonomic disorders

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, I will be able to:
1.    Enumerate the criteria for diagnosing neurogenic orthostatic hypotension
2.    List the criteria for postural tachycardia syndrome
3.    Outline a management strategy for patients with postural tachycardia syndrome


Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Amber Millen
Phone Number: 
+1 (858) 534-3865
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 24.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/24/2018 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
10/27/2018 - 1:00pm


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:00AM - 5:00PM     Generalist Workshop and UCNS Review Course

5:00PM - 6:30PM     Registration

6:30PM - 9:00PM     Poster Session I and Trainee Poster Compeition (Cheese & Wine)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

7:00AM - 8:20AM     Continential Breakfast

8:20AM - 8:30AM     Welcome Remarks

8:30AM - 9:15AM     Robert Plenary Lecture

9:15AM - 5:30PM     Session 1:  Autonomic Ardiovascular Regulation

6:00AM - 8:45PM     Session 2:  Autonomic Neuropathy and POTS

Friday, October 26, 2018

7:00AM - 8:30AM     Continental Breakfast

8:30AM - 11:00AM   Session 3:  Orthostatic Hypotension, Supine Hypertension, and Syncope

11:00AM - 10:00PM Session 4:  Multiple System Atrophy

Saturday, October, 27, 2018

7:00AM - 8:30AM     Continental Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:15 AM    Cognitive Dysfunction in Autonomic Disorders Plenary Lecture

8:30AM - 12:45 PM  Session 5:  Autonomic Disorders and Co-Morbid Conditions




Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
United States
+1 (949) 640-4000

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

Newport Beach, California

In accordance with the ACCME® standard for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Additional disclosure informtion provided on-site before the meeting.

Activity Director Y Chiar of Meeting Committee:  Cyndya Shibao, MD  







Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin and American Autonomic Society. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the 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 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 24.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 24.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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