The Hydrocephalus Association held its 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus in Portland, OR, July 9-11, 2014. We gathered to re-establish our sense of community and educate ourselves about hydrocephalus. We are very grateful to the many speakers who came from all over the country. They shared their expertise with our attendees and kept us updated on the many topics covered during the conference. Special thanks go to our medical co-chairs: Marion Walker, MD, Michael Williams, MD, and Nathan Selden, MD, PhD.
Scientific Keynote Speaker: Robert Pudenze Lectureship
Stephen A. Back, MD, PhD
Dr. Stephen A. Back is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, Clyde and Elda Munson Professor of Pediatric Research, Director, Neuroscience Section, Pape’ Family Pediatric Research Institute. Dr. Back discussed his important work on the development of strategies to promote regeneration and repair of injury to the developing brain.
Inspirational Keynote Speaker
Adam Page, U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medalist
Adam Page, the two time U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team gold medal winner for the 2014 Sochi and 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games, discussed how, through perseverance, determination and commitment, he overcame many life obstacles to accomplish his goals and to make an Olympic dream a reality. We were so privileged to hear Adam’s story and successes. Adam stayed for the opening reception and met with our teens who attended conference. He even made arrangements to help some of our teens with school projects this fall. We would like to thank him and his family for taking the time to join us and inspire all of us to keep following our dreams.
Motivational Keynote Speaker
Jerome Kersey, NBA player, retired
Jerome Kersey is a retired professional National Basketball Association (NBA) player, last playing for the Portland Trail Blazers as a small forward. He also has served in various coaching roles in the NBA. He came to the Portland Trail Blazers from Longwood College, an NCAA Division II school, where he set school records for points, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots, with a 57% shooting record. Portland selected him in the 1984 NBA draft and he immediately became a regular contributor off the bench. In November 2005, Jerome Kersey entered Longwood’s first Hall of Fame class, and this past year, was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. We were so happy to hear him speak at the conference in Portland.
To see pictures from the conference, please click here. Please note that this photo repository will be growing as more pictures are added. So be sure to check back for more!
We would like to thank Levi Gershkowitz, Living in the Light of Rare Diseases, for joining us in Portland to capture the special moments and people from the conference. You can find Levi’s work by visiting his website here: Living in the Light of Rare Diseases.
For the first time ever, we have audio recordings of key sessions at the conference available for purchase. If you would like to purchase the audio recording and with some accompanying presentation, please fill out the order form and send it back to our office. We would like to thank all of our speakers for their tremendous contribution and for making their presentations available.
Some of the presentations are available for purchase include:
- Breakout Session 203 – Employment and Hydrocephalus – Clifton Scott
- Breakout Session 206 – Neuro-Imaging: Scans, Radiation and Quick Brain MRI’s – Nathan Selden
- Breakout Session 504 – Over Drainage – Abhay Moghekar
- Breakout Session 601 – Anxiety, Depression and Hydrocephalus – Andy Zabel
- Breakout Session 602 – If it is Not NPH What is it? Parkinsons, Alzheimers and what Else? – Michael Williams
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