Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., USA
Attorney Steven Benvenisti will share the captivating story of a famous case involving a college student who sustained severe traumatic brain injuries and catastrophic orthopedic injuries, resulting in his family being asked to consent his organ donation. “Spring Break” is a book about this true story, which is regularly featured on TV, the news media and has been presented at hundreds of international conferences. This book highlights the compelling role played of Rehabilitation in getting a patient to reach successes far beyond the expectations of Neurologists and related professionals.
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Steven is a Partner at one of the largest personal injury law firms in the United States and is included on the list of the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”. He is President of the Brain Injury Alliance and is a Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Steven has received over 30 awards, including a US Congressional Citation, US House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and “Citizen of the Year”. Steven authored “Spring Break: A True Story of Hope and Determination” about a famous case he handled involving a severely brain injured college student. Spring Break credits the doctors, nurses and rehabilitation professionals for the wonderful work that they do in improving the lives of patients and their families. He has been a keynote speaker at over 100 conferences and gladly donates 100% of his honoraria to charity.
University of Toronto, Canada
Xian Jiaotong University, China
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and insular cortex (IC) are activated in pain conditions. In this talk, I will discuss evidence from rodent studies that ACC/IC activation contributes to chronic pain states and describe several forms of synaptic plasticity that may underlie this effect. In particular, one form of long-term potentiation (LTP), which is triggered by the activation of NMDA receptors and expressed by an increase in AMPA-receptor function, sustains the affective component of the pain state. Another form of LTP, which is triggered by the activation of kainate receptors and expressed by an increase in glutamate release, may contribute to pain-related anxiety. Finally, I will discuss recent translational progress made in leading novel AC1 inhibitor for the treatment of chronic pain and anxiety.
Dr. Zhuo is a full Professor of Physiology, University of Toronto. He is the Michael Smith Chair in Neuroscience and Mental Health, and the Canada Research Chair Tier I in Pain and Cognition. He has published more than 300 articles in professional journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Nature communications and Science Translational medicine. His H-factor is 68. He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief for the online journal of Molecular Pain and Molecular Brain. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and the director of the Center for Neuron and Brain Disease in Xian, China.