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Plenary Session I

Monday, April 30 | 9:33 am - 1:00 pm |

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

9:33 am - 9:39 am

History and Culture of New Orleans

Speaker: Historical Film

9:40 am - 9:43 am

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) Update

Speaker: Regis W. Haid Jr., MD, FAANS

9:44 am - 9:46 am


Speaker: Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS

9:47 am - 9:49 am

Introduction of the Louise Eisenhardt Lecture

Speaker: Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, FAANS, FRCSC

9:50 am - 10:20 am

Louise Eisenhardt Lecture

Speaker: 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

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

Presenting Author: Zarina S. Ali, MD

10:32 am - 10:33 am

Assessment of the Trial Design/Level of Evidence

Evidence Based Medicine Reviewer: Abhaya Vivek Kulkarni, MD, FAANS, FRCS (Canada)

10:34 am - 10:36 am


Discussant: Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS

10:37 am - 10:47 am

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

Presenting Author: Derek Yecies, MD

10:48 am - 10:50 am


Discussant: David Delmar Limbrick Jr., MD, PhD, FAANS

10:51 am - 11:01 am

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

Presenting Author: Amy Julia Wang, MD

11:02 am - 11:04 am


Discussant: Joseph S. Neimat, MD, MSc, FAANS

11:05 am - 11:15 am

503. Spinal cord stimulation reduces opiate use in patients with chronic pain

Presenting Author: Lucy Gee

11:16 am - 11:17 am

Assessment of the Trial Design/Level of Evidence

Evidence Based Medicine Reviewer: Abhaya Vivek Kulkarni, MD, FAANS, FRCS (Canada)

11:18 am - 11:20 am


Discussant: Kim J. Burchiel, MD, FAANS

11:21 am - 11:23 am

Introduction of the Hunt-Wilson Lecture

Speaker: Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS

11:24 am - 12:04 pm

Hunt-Wilson Lecture

Speaker: 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.

12:05 pm - 12:07 pm

Introduction of the AANS Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery

Speaker: Douglas S. Kondziolka, MD, FAANS

12:08 pm - 12:11 pm

AANS Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery

Speaker: John R. Adler Jr., MD, FAANS

12:12 pm - 12:14 pm

Introduction of the Distinguished Service Award

Speaker: Frederick A. Boop, MD, FAANS

12:15 pm - 12:18 pm

Distinguished Service Award

Speaker: Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS

12:19 pm - 12:23 pm

Introduction of the Presidential Address

Speaker: Jaclyn Valadka ; Patrick Valadka

12:24 pm - 12:54 pm

AANS Presidential Address

Speaker: 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.

12:55 pm - 1:00 pm

Introduction of the Lunch-and-learn Seminars

Speaker: Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FAANS