The 2016 CSF Research Colloquium took place on September 24, 2016 in San Diego, California where a group consisting of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, pain management specialists, mathematicians and other experts came together to discuss a new and rather troubling problem: cognitive dysfunction in children and adults with Chiari malformation and cerebrospinal fluid disorders.
There is emerging evidence that suggests these patients experience significant cognitive issues that may play an important role in how those patients feel before and after treatment. This meeting was held to describe these problems and to discuss the different possible reasons that they may be occuring. Are these cognitive problems due to inability to focus because these patients suffer from consistent, chronic pain? Or is it possible that these cognitive issues are an important symptom related to these disorders and diseases, themselves? Are these issues clinically relevant enough for doctors to be actively screening these patients for them?
The meeting was separated into four sessions-- two in the morning and two in the afternoon-- meant to address different aspects of this problem. You can watch full-length videos of the presentations below.
* Important: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this Colloqium are their own, based upon their individual specific experiences or their general observations reacting to hypothetical circumstances. The views expressed and the statements made by participating physicians do not represent specific medical advice nor do they represent any official policy or position taken by CSF.
View the colloquium booklet .
Opening Remarks - Paul Farrell, CSF Chairman/Board of Directors
Welcome - Dr. Dominic Marino, DVM, CSF SEA Board Chairman
Role of Measuring Cognition & Cognitive Function in Managing Chiari Malformation - Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD
Observation of Cognitive Dysfunction in Children with Chiari I - Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Observation of Cognitive Function in Adult Chiari Populations - Philip A. Allen, PhD
Concussion and Sports-Related Injuries - Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Neuropsychology of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus - Irene Piryatinsky, PhD
Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives on Pain - Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH
CSF Flow: Importance of Hydrodynamic Forces - Erika Kristina Lindstrøm, PhD
MRI of NPH with Thoughts on the Etiology of the Idiopathic Form - William G. Bradley, MD, PhD
The Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome - Jeremy Schmahmann, MD
Cognition in Neurovascular Diseases and Implications for Chiari - Kenneth C. Liu, MD
The Fourth Circulation and its Disorders: Can the Cerebral Pulsation Absorber Improve Understanding of Hydrocephalus Symptoms? - Joseph Madsen, MD
Emotional Stress Leads to Long Lasting Changes in Neuronal Activity in the Mouse Cerebellum - Si-Quong June Liu, PhD
A Translational Approach to the Mechanisms of Cognitive Impairment in Chiari & CSF Disorders - Devon Poeta, MS in Biotechnology