The following spotlighted speaker presentations and seminars will take place throughout the weekend of the 7th Annual Functional Neurology Conference hosted by IAFNR.
Take a look at the complete schedule for a full listing of conference presentations.
PATHOGENS AND NEUROAUTOIMMUNITY
A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD
Dr. Aristo Vojdani
Friday, November 4, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Learn in depth about the possible role of bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast, mold and spirochetes in neuroautoimmunity. Knowing about the role these pathogens play in a variety of disorders can lead to developing the proper treatment modalities.
The simultaneous detection of antibodies against pathogens and tissue antigens may guide clinicians to not only identify the cause but also to implement treatment modalities that may prevent many neuroautoimmune disorders that affect a very high percentage of the world population.
The objectives of this presentation are:
- To learn more about the role of pathogens in the induction of neuroautoimmunity.
- To describe how pathogens may change exogenous and endogenous proteins and break central and peripheral tolerance by unconventional presentation of antigens to T cells.
- To understand the immunologic mechanisms involved in the role of pathogens in neuroautoimmunity.
- To learn how to use the detected abnormalities to eradicate the pathogen, and hopefully to reverse the course of neuroautoimmune disorders.
About Dr. Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., M.Sc., C.L.S.
Aristo Vojdani, PhD is presently a professor of neuroimmunology at the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies and is a past associate professor at the Charles Drew/UCLA school of Medicine and Science. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the field of microbiology and clinical immunology with postdoctoral studies in tumour immunology at UCLA.
His ongoing research, spanning a 45-year career, focuses on the role of environmental triggers, such as toxic chemicals, infections, dietary proteins and peptides, in complex diseases. Professor Vojdani's research and focus on predictive antibodies has resulted in the development of numerous antibody arrays for the detection of many autoimmune disorders. Of particular note are the arrays for autoimmune disease that originate from the gut and manifest as attacks on the body's own tissue or organs, including the brain.
He holds 16 US patents for laboratory assessments, sits on the board of five educational scientific journals, has written more than 160 articles and has just released a book, "NeuroImmunity and the Brain Gut Connection".
Dr. Marc Pick
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm
There are some authorities that believe that the Hemisphericity model presentation of disinhibition to anterior compartment muscles above T6 and posterior compartment muscles below T6 is basically a myth and not actually a clinical manifestation found in a hemispheric condition. This presentation will attempt to address this question with an unbiased investigation into the plausibility of the ipsilateral disinhibition state.
In this class, we'll:
- Review the Spinal cord anterior horn motor cell placement in the cervical and lumbar spine.
- Describe the cortical pontomedullary reticular pathways and demonstrate their course, termination sites and functional role throughout the spinal cord.
- Discuss the reticulospinal segmental cord reflex pathways and its overall affect on muscular stability in both the torso and extremity regions.
- Investigate what could happen to spinal α- γ extensor motor expression during diminished ipsilateral reticulospinal activation and its possible affect on torso and extremity muscular expression.
- Review the cerebral cortical and cerebellar rubrospinal pathways and their contribution to Flexor segmental activation.
About Dr. Marc Pick
Marc G. Pick is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1973. He earned his Diplomate and Fellowship status in Craniopathy through the International Craniopathic Society sponsored by the Sacro-Occipital Research Society International (SORSI) and has lectured since 1979 throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, England, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland. He began investigating the visual effects of cranial manipulations upon the intercranial structures during MRI scanning and was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) in 1994. In 1999, he authored the text, "Cranial Sutures", published and released through Eastland Press. Dr. Pick also authored and published his manual titled "Focal Point Recording" through Marc Pick Creations and will soon be available through the website in PDF format. Two of Dr. Pick's proudest accomplishments are his creation of a latex fiber optic model of the Human Central & Peripheral Nervous System, which was placed on loan to the Wellcome Trust for their 2002 Exhibit at the Museum of Science in London, and the permanent Photographic display of Dr. Pick’s central-peripheral nervous system dissection maintained in the Wellcome Trust’s Private London Museum.
Dr. Charles Shidlofsky
Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:00am-10:30am
Presenting at the 2016 Conference as a representative from NORA (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association). We believe he will provide attendees with a new and exciting lecture as he reviews the visual-neural pathways and discuss its importance in the visual process. In addition, he will detail the measurement of the visual process, what the measurement elements mean and also discuss treatment considerations. Lastly, he will discuss how Functional Neurologists and Neuro-Developmental Optometrists can work together.
About Dr. Charles Shidlofsky
Dr. Shidlofsky has been very active in Neuro-developmental Optometry for most of his years in practice. He has developed and integrated many unique therapies that have helped thousands of children who have struggled in school due to vision problems often seen in: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders as well as some of the classic vision problems related to focusing, eye teaming, eye movement skills, visual spatial skills and vision perception issues. He has expanded his work to include those with traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke and other neurological processing problems. In addition, he works with several professional sports teams in the Dallas area as well as weekend athletes on developing vision skills. Dr. Shidlofsky is a Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program.
Dr. Shidlofsky completed his Fellowship for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2011. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Optometry at: Southern College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, University of Incarnate Word-Rosenberg College of Optometry and Western University College of Optometry. He is also director of a private practice residency program in pediatrics/vision therapy/sports vision and neuro-vision rehabilitation through Southern College of Optometry.