ANA Meeting in the Big Apple
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Keywords: ANA NEUROLOGY ANNUAL MEETING NEW YORK CITY
Description: The American Neurological Association will hold its annual meeting in New York City, October 13 to 16, 2002. (American Neurological Association
127th Annual Meeting)



**MEDIA ADVISORY**

American Neurological Association
127th Annual Meeting in New York City

Minimizing stroke damage in both infants and adults ... taking advantages of the brain's own repair mechanisms ... tracking thousands of genes at once to diagnose and treat disease. These are the laboratory advances that neurologists hope to bring into the clinic, and they are some of the highlights of the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association in New York City, October 13 to 16, 2002.

In addition to 11 timely platform talks and more than 250 poster presentations of research bulletins from the frontiers of neurology, the meeting organizers focus on several topics:

Regeneration and Degeneration--What factors help nerve cells grow normally or regenerate following injury, and what makes them degenerate and die in other situations? The medical implications of these questions--ranging from treating cerebral palsy to fighting the diseases of aging--will be discussed at the Presidential symposium on Monday morning.

The Plastic Brain--Not many years ago, we believed that "plasticity"--the nervous system's ability to reorganize its internal connections--was reserved for children, whose nervous systems are still under construction. We now know that the adult brain is constantly reorganizing itself in response to injury, disease, or simply learning new things. Much of the credit for this understanding is due Columbia University Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, and our Monday afternoon symposium on plasticity will begin with news from Kandel's groundbreaking research into the plasticity that underlies learning and memory.

Coming Soon, From a Laboratory Near You--Not so far from the clinic, basic neuroscientists are working to provide neurologists with better understanding and better tools to attack disorders of the brain and spinal cord. In our Tuesday afternoon Emerging Concepts symposium, presenters will discuss recent developments in basic science that will have important consequences for how neurologists diagnose, treat, and manage diseases. Similarly, in the Wednesday morning Neurotechnologies symposium, researchers will report on next-generation technologies, such as MRI and PET scans that probe deeper into the brain, as well as nanoscale methods for analyzing genes and molecules within cells.

New releases featuring particularly exciting and late-breaking findings will be available to journalists at the Newswise web site (www.newswise.com) approximately two weeks prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, need copies of abstracts, or wish to contact meeting presenters or ANA subject-area experts in advance, please contact Hakon Heimer at hakon@mindspring.com or 401-273-7299.

The headquarters hotel for the meeting is the Marriott Marquis (800-228-9290). The deadline for requesting housing at the special convention rates is September 12, or until the ANA's room block is filled.