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Plenary Session I

Monday, April 30 | 9:35 am - 1:00 pm

Moderator(s): Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS; Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS

9:35 am - 9:44 am

The History and Culture of New Orleans - Presented by Dr. Frank Culicchia

Historical Film

9:50 am - 10:20 am

Louise Eisenhardt Lecture

Angela Duckworth, PhD

In her landmark research, psychologist Angela Duckworth reveals the importance of character to success in life. Her pioneering work on grit and self-control is in high demand among educators, athletes and business leaders alike — anyone interested in learning what makes a top performer and what any of us can do to cultivate character in ourselves and in those around us.

10:21 am - 10:31 am

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) decreases postoperative opioid use in elective spinal and peripheral nerve surgery

Zarina S. Ali, MD

10:34 am - 10:36 am

Discussant

Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS

10:37 am - 10:47 am

ASL Perfusion Imaging of the Frontal Lobes Predicts the Occurrence and Resolution of Posterior Fossa Syndrome

Derek Yecies, MD

10:51 am - 11:01 am

Single-Neuronal Basis for Interactive Social Behavior in a Primate Model

Amy Julia Wang

11:05 am - 11:15 am

Spinal cord stimulation reduces opiate use in patients with chronic pain

Lucy Gee

11:24 am - 12:04 pm

Hunt-Wilson Lecture

Daniel Ariely, PhD



Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to finding answers to what influences behavior in the pursuit of helping people live more sensible, rational lives. His consistently interesting experiments cover a range of behaviors and demonstrate profound ideas that, at times, challenge common thought.

12:15 pm - 12:18 pm

Distinguished Service Award

Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS

12:24 pm - 12:54 pm

AANS Presidential Address

Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS



Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS, serves as professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. He maintains a strong clinical and research interest in neurotrauma and critical care, including numerous papers, presentations, research grants, courses, seminars and visiting professorships. He co-edited the textbook Neurotrauma: Evidence-Based Answers to Common Questions. He has served as chair of the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, chair of the Neurosurgical Specialty Group of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma and on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for American Trauma Care and the AANS, as well as on the Board of Governors of the ACS. He has also chaired the Washington Committee for Neurosurgery. He currently serves as president of the AANS, as a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Trauma Institute.