Neuromuscular Diseases

Neuromuscular Diseases

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Neuromuscular Diseases

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December 2-3, 2016  |  Las Vegas, NV

Neuromuscular diseases can have diagnostic challenges even for experienced clinicians. This group of diseases covers disorders of muscle, the neuromuscular junction and peripheral nerves. With a few exceptions, most neuromuscular diseases have the same clinical presentation and require specialized testing to reach a specific diagnosis. Some neuromuscular diseases are treatable - others are not.

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This two day, 16 hour CE course is open for ACVIM or ECVIM Diplomates or Candidates in all Specialties.    

Your registration fee includes:                               
16 RACE-approved CE credit hours                
Certificate of Attendance                
Lecture Proceedings                
Daily refreshment breaks and snacks 

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Speakers

D. Collette Williams
PhD
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Dr. Williams has spent over three decades performing electrodiagnostics (EDX) for the VMTH Neurology/Neurosurgery Service at UC Davis.  She was trained by one of the founding fathers of Veterinary Neurology, Terrell Holliday. Various recordings, including: electromyograms (EMG), motor and sensory conduction velocity studies (MNCV and SNCV), repetitive nerve stimulation studies (RNS), late waves studies (H-reflexes and F-waves), brainstem auditory evoked responses (BAER), electroencephalograms (EEG), and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) are routinely performed on small animal, large animal and occasionally, non-domestic patients at the VMTH.  She has contributed an EEG chapter to Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Laboratory Tests and Procedures: Canine and Feline: 5th Edition, 2009 and co-authored others on EDX in Tobias’s Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, 2011 (with Richard LeCouteur) and Ettinger’s Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine (with David Lipsitz, in press).  She also has over 40 publications, several with Diane Shelton.  A mixture of clinical case descriptions and original research are represented, some of which were the result of her concurrent doctoral work with the Comparative Pathology Graduate Group at Davis.  Dr. Williams has assisted with the ACVIM Neurology board examination, contributing questions and case material.  She is a reviewer for several veterinary journals, including JVIM, AJVR, JVECC, among others.  Her mission is to encourage the use of these techniques in veterinary medicine and to raise the standards in veterinary EDX to that of its human counterpart.  She is a member of ASET-the Neurodiagnostic Society. 

D. Collette Williams
PhD

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Charles H. Vite
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
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Dr. Vite received his veterinary degree from Purdue University in 1990.  He completed a veterinary neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a PhD in cell and molecular biology.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Veterinary Neurology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.  The focus of his lab is to improve the characterization and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases (using gene therapy, cell-based therapy, and pharmacotherapy) by studying naturally-occurring feline and canine models of human diseases including Niemann-Pick type C disease, globoid cell leukodystrophy, alpha-mannosidosis and the mucopolysaccharidoses.   His lab also studies dogs with naturally occurring epilepsy for which they are evaluating neurophysiologically-based response pharmacotherapy as well as improving therapies for repeated seizures.

Charles H. Vite
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

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Dennis O’Brien
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
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Dr. O’Brien specializes in medical neurology with a special interest in hereditary diseases, movement disorders and epilepsy.  He received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois.  After 3 years in general practice, he returned to UI to complete a residency in neurology and a PhD in neuroscience. He then joined the faculty at the University of Missouri where he is Chancellor’s Chair of Excellence in Comparative Neurology. He is Board certified in neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and received the Kirk Award for Professional Excellence from the ACVIM in 2011.

Dennis O’Brien
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

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David Lipsitz
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
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Dr. Lipsitz received his DVM degree from the University of Tennessee in 1988.  After a one-year rotating internship at Angel Memorial Animal Hospital he completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Davis in 1991 and became Board certified in 1993. He then went to the University of Wisconsin where he served as a research fellow with a clinical appointment and then as an assistant/associate professor until 2000. He then returned to UC Davis as an assistant professor and was the senior clinical neurologist. In 2002 he joined the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego and has been there since. From 2002-2006 Dr. Lipsitz had an appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at UC San Diego in the Department of Pathology where he was involved in the study of neuromuscular diseases with the Companion Animal Diagnostics Section of the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory, Department of Pathology. Dr. Lipsitz has extensive training and experience in intracranial and spinal neurosurgery. His special interests include the MRI features of various neurological diseases and the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. He also has a strong interest in neuromuscular diseases and electro diagnostic medicine. Dr. Lipsitz has numerous peer reviewed publications and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.

David Lipsitz
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

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G. Diane Shelton
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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Dr. Shelton graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to UC Davis in 1982 where she completed a PhD in Comparative Pathology and achieved Board certification in internal medicine. Following her graduate studies, she was a post-doctoral fellow from 1996-1990 at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA in the laboratory of Dr. Jon Lindstrom, with an emphasis on experimental and naturally occurring myasthenia gravis. In 1990, Dr. Shelton established the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory (CNL) in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an international reference center for the study of spontaneously occurring neuromuscular diseases in companion animals. Currently she is Director of the CNL and Professor, Department of Pathology at UCSD. Dr. Shelton has published over 250 scientific papers and book chapters on muscle and peripheral nerve diseases relevant to both animals and humans.

G. Diane Shelton
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

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