Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference

Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Monday, March 17, 2014

Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Injuries and disorders of the brain represent a significant global disease burden, whilst causing considerable personal suffering and expansive economic costs. Brain disorders can be divided into two broadly defined categories: (i) those resulting from the damage or death of healthy, functioning cells and brain tissue, often caused by external conditions such as cerebrovascular disease, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, and (ii) those resulting from an intrinsic or chronic dysfunction of the brain, either within the cells or in their connectivity. Among these types of disorders are debilitating mood-related psychiatric illnesses, such as depression and bipolar disorder. To raise awareness for breakthrough treatments for neurological disease affecting both functional groups, The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and the New York Academy of Sciences, will jointly present a 2.5-day international, two-track conference to highlight new advances in clinical neuroscience.

The world’s leading experts in clinical neuroscience will convene to discuss advanced brain imaging, novel diagnostics, investigative therapies, and cutting-edge findings from clinical trials. During the registration process attendees will be asked to select their preference for attending either Track 1 or Track 2 lectures.

Track 1, which focuses on Affective Disorders, will feature the following four plenary sessions:

  • From Animal Models to Humans
  • From Bench to Bedside: A Translational Approach
  • Advances in Neuropsychiatry
  • Clinical Approaches to Affective Disorders

Track 2, which focuses on Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury, will feature the following four plenary sessions:

  • Stroke: Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Insights
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Insights
  • Advances in Neuropsychiatry
  • Dysfunction, Damage, and Clinical Care

The meeting will feature two keynote addresses, plenary lectures, a poster session, and a networking reception.

Registration Pricing

By 03/01/2014After 03/01/2014Onsite
Member$110$140$165
Student/Postdoc Member$60$75$90
Nonmember (Academia)$140$175$205
Nonmember (Corporate)$180$225$270
Nonmember (Non-profit)$140$175$205
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Fellow)$75$95$110
WCMC-Q Students and Faculty Members, and HMC Clinical FacultyFreeFreeFree

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Sidra Medical and Research Center, and Aspetar students and faculty members may register for the conference at no charge via a special discount code. If you have not received the discount code, please contact NYAS customer service by email at customerservice@nyas.org. Those who register using the discount code for WCMC-Q students, faculty members, and HMC clinical faculty, will be asked to present either a valid institutional identification card or a signed letter from their department upon check-in at the conference.

Cash payment will not be accepted for onsite registration.

Onsite registrants are highly encouraged to use credit cards for any applicable payment.

The registration fee includes the program and abstract book, access to all scientific sessions, posters, and exhibits including the networking reception (March 15th), and coffee breaks and lunch (March 15th, 16th, and 17th). Registration also includes a complimentary, one-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences effective following the conclusion of the event. Complimentary memberships are provided to non-members only and cannot be used to renew or extend existing or expiring memberships. A membership welcome email will be sent following the conference, which will include your membership credentials.

Call for Poster Abstracts:

The deadline for poster abstract submission has been extended to March 5, 2014 for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Sidra Medical and Research Center, and Aspetar students, faculty, and staff.

For complete poster abstract submission instructions, please send an email to QatarNeuro2014@nyas.org with "Abstract Information" in the subject line. There is no need to type a message; instructions will be forwarded automatically. If you have further questions please call +1 212.298.8618.

Continuing Medical Education

In support of improving patient care, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will provide continuing education credit hours for delegates attending the Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference. The Conference carries a maximum of 12 continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists practicing at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), wherein 1 hour of participation equates to 1 credit. Delegates are eligible to claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the conference. Continuing education credits will not be awarded for non-educational activities, including (but not limited to) meals, breaks, and receptions. Delegates requesting credits will be required to sign in at the registration desk upon arrival at the conference each day and to provide their HMC number. HMC will award the certificate following the conclusion of the conference.


Presented by

  • Qatar Foundation
  • Weill Cornell Qatar
  • NYAS

Agenda

Day 1: Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

 

Track 1: Affective Disorders

Track 2: Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury

5:00 PM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Javaid Sheikh, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Alan Schatzberg, MD, Stanford University
Jack Barchas, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Matthew Fink, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Ellis Rubinstein, The New York Academy of Sciences
Brooke Grindlinger, PhD, The New York Academy of Sciences

5:45 PM

Keynote Address
Huda Akil, PhD, University of Michigan

6:30 PM

Reception

 

Day 2: Sunday, March 16, 2014

 

 

Track 1: Affective Disorders

Track 2: Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Session 1. From Animal Models to Humans
Session Chair: Jack Barchas, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Session 1. Stroke: Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Insights
Session Chair: Matthew Fink, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

8:30 AM

Genetic Mouse Models of Anxiety Disorders
Francis Lee, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Recent Trials in Stroke
David Chiu, MD, Houston Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute

9:05 AM

Risk for Anxiety and Implications for Treatment: Developmental, Environmental, and Genetic Factors
BJ Casey, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Teleneurology for Acute Stroke Stroke (remote presentation)
Lee Schwamm, MD, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital

9:40 AM

Morning Break

10:00 AM

Altered Neural Circuitry Underlying the Risk to Develop Anxiety and Depression: Nonhuman Primate Translational Studies
Ned Kalin, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Transient Ischemic Attacks: What's New in Pathophysiology and Treatment?
Ashfaq Shuaib, MD, FRPC, University of Alberta, Edmonton

10:35 AM

Treatment Responses in Major Depression: Biological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects
Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, University of Michigan

Pregnancy-Associated Stroke
Matthew Fink, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

11:10 AM

Moderated Discussion

11:30 AM

Networking Luncheon and Poster Session

 

Session 2. From Bench to Bedside: A Translational Approach
Session Chair: Alan Schatzberg, MD, Stanford University

Session 2. Traumatic Brain Injury: Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Insights
Chair: Randall Chesnut, MD, FCCM, FACS, University of Washington; Harborview Medical Center

1:00 PM

Heartache and Heartbreak: Depression and Cardiovascular Disease
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Pathophysiologic Insights Regarding Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Barry Kosofsky, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

1:35 PM

Epigenetics and Risk from Depression and PTSD
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Emory University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Hypothermia as a Neuroprotectant in Traumatic Brain Injury
Neeraj Badjatia, MD, MSc, University of Maryland School of Medicine

2:10 PM

Afternoon Break

2:30 PM

Genetics of Bipolar Disorder
Nicholas Craddock, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci, Cardiff University

What is Wrong with Current Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury?
Randall Chesnut, MD, FCCM, FACS, University of Washington; Harborview Medical Center

3:05 PM

Ketamine and Other Glutamatergic Treatments in Mood Disorders: Clinical and Neurobiological Correlations
Dan Iosifescu, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital

Hyperosmolar Therapy for Brain Edema
Roger Härtl, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

3:40 PM

Moderated Discussion

4:00 PM

End of Day 2

 

Day 3: Monday, March 17, 2014

 

 

Track 1: Affective Disorders

Track 2: Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury

Session 3. Advances in Neuropsychiatry
Session Chair: Javaid Sheikh, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

8:30 AM

Keynote Address
Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, Stanford University

9:15 AM

Inflammatory Pathways in Depression
Andrew Miller, MD, Emory University School of Medicine

9:50 AM

Morning Break

10:10 AM

Pathobiology of Vascular Dementia
Constantino Iadecola, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

10:45 AM

Targeting Mitochondrial Bioenergetics to Treat Nervous System Dysfunction Early in the Course of Diabetes
Glen Prusky, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College; Burke Medical Research Institute

11:20 AM

Moderated Discussion

11:40 AM

Networking Lunch Break and Poster Session

 

Session 4. Clinical Approaches to Affective Disorders
Session Chair: Richard A. Friedman, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Session 4. Dysfunction, Damage, and Clinical Care
Session Chair: Basim M. Uthman, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

1:00 PM

Bipolar Disorders in the Arab World: Clinical and Genomic Data
Ziad Kronfol, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Epidemiology and Consequences of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
Jose Pineda Soto, MD, Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1:35 PM

Biomarker Development to Help Prevent Treatment Resistant Depression
John Greden, MD, University of Michigan

The Pathway Toward Optimal Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
Randall Chesnut, MD, FCCM, FACS, University of Washington; Harborview Medical Center

2:10 PM

Afternoon Break

2:30 PM

New Anti-Depressants
Alan Schatzberg, MD, Stanford University

Cerebral Collaterals and Acute Stroke
Ashfaq Shuaib, MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton

3:05 PM

Medial and Lateral Prefrontal Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression
Ziad Nahas, MD, MSCR, American University of Beirut

The Immunology of Stroke
Constantino Iadecola, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

3:40 PM

Moderated Discussion

4:00 PM

Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Chair Persons

Matthew E. Fink, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Javaid I. Sheikh, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Melanie Brickman Stynes, PhD, MSc

The New York Academy of Sciences

Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences

Program Committee

Jack D. Barchas, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Alan F. Schatzberg, MD

Stanford University

Speakers

TRACK 1: AFFECTIVE DISORDERS

Huda Akil, PhD

University of Michigan

Jack D. Barchas, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

BJ Casey, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Nicholas Craddock, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci

Cardiff University

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD

Stanford University

John F. Greden, MD

University of Michigan

Dan V. Iosifescu, MD

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Ned H. Kalin, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Ziad Kronfol, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Francis Lee, MD, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Andrew H. Miller, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Ziad H. Nahas, MD, MSCR

American University of Beirut

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD

Emory University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Alan F. Schatzberg, MD

Stanford University

Javaid I. Sheikh, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD

University of Michigan

TRACK 2: STROKE AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Neeraj Badjatia, MD, MSc

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Randall Matthew Chesnut, MD, FCCM, FACS

University of Washington; Harborview Medical Center

David Chiu, MD

Houston Methodist Hospital Neurological Institute

Matthew E. Fink, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College; New York Presbyterian Hospital

Roger Härtl, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Costantino Iadecola, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Barry Kosofsky, MD, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Jose A. Pineda Soto, MD

Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis Children's Hospital

Glen Prusky, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College; Burke Medical Research Institute

Lee Schwamm, MD

Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital

Ashfaq Shuaib, MD, FRPC

University of Alberta, Edmonton

Travel & Lodging

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Event Location

Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Address: The Corniche, Doha, Qatar
Phone:+974 4494 8888

The conference takes place during a very busy time in Qatar, and attendees are encouraged to make hotel reservations as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha becoming completely booked.

For any special hotel requests (i.e., earlier/later check-in or check-out times, different type of room, etc.), please contact Ms. Rola Natour (rim2008@qatar-med.cornell.edu). Special efforts will be made to find budget accommodations for young scientists/physicians to facilitate their attendance. For further information, please contact Ms. Natour.


Other Suggested Area Hotels

You may also consider the following alternate hotel options if the Four Seasons Hotel Doha is fully booked:

Intercontinental Doha

Al Isteqlal Road, West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 4484 4444

Grand Hyatt Doha

West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 4448 1234

Marriott Doha

Ras Abu Abboud, Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 4429 8888

Moevenpick Hotel Doha

Corniche Road, Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 4429 1111

Millennium Hotel Doha

Jawaan Street, Al Sadd, Doha NA, Qatar

Phone: +974 4424 7777

The St. Regis Doha)

Doha West Bay, Doha, Qatar
Phone: +974 4446 0000

W Doha Hotel & Residences)

West Bay, Doha, Doha, Qatar
Phone: +974 4453 5353

Hilton Doha

Diplomatic District Street, West Bay, Doha, Qatar
Phone: +974 4423 3333


Flight and Arrival Information

Qatar Airways is the official carrier for Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference. Conference registrants will receive a code for the following special reduced rates:

  • 25% off published fares or 15% off Qatar Airways Market fares
  • Discount applies to round-trip tickets to Doha purchased online at Qatar Airways
  • Arrival in Doha: March 1-17, 2014
  • Departure from Doha: On/after March 18, 2014

Conference registrants will receive the discount code to be used at the Qatar Airways reservation website in the registration confirmation email.

Please note that for security reasons, the credit card used for payment of Qatar Airways tickets will be requested at time of check-in or when collecting tickets. Qatar Airways reserves the right to deny boarding or to collect a guaranteed payment (in cash or from another card) if the card originally used for purchase cannot be presented by the cardholder. This verification request does not apply to tickets purchased with a corporate credit card or through a travel agency.

Qatar Airways offers an airport meet-and-greet service, called Al Maha Services. Passengers are met by an Al Maha representative who provides assistance in obtaining visas (if applicable), clearing immigration, and collecting baggage. With the Gold level of service (QR 200/US $54.80), passengers are met at the arrival terminal; with the Platinum level (QR 260/$71.23), they are met at the aircraft. We recommend that you arrange for Al-Maha services, if desired, through your hotel in advance.

Hotels can arrange local ground transportation to and from the airport. Taxis are also readily available at the airport.


Visa Information

An appropriate visa is necessary for all visitors to Qatar. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Qatar. Citizens from the following 33 countries can obtain Tourist Visas upon arrival at the Doha airport:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, USA, UK, Vatican City.

Citizens from the above 33 countries may also apply for Tourist Visas in advance, through a Doha hotel, including the Four Seasons Hotel Doha. Visas arranged through a hotel may require an additional fee and require approximately 7 to 10 days working days to process.

Citizens from outside the above 33 countries should arrange for a Tourist Visa through their local Qatari embassy or a Doha hotel. Visa approval is not guaranteed, and visa application fees are not refundable.

Qatar Clinical Neuroscience conference registrants whose visa applications are not approved are eligible for a full refund of their conference registration fee with proof of visa denial. Please be sure to check hotel cancellation policies prior to making hotel reservations.


About Qatar

The State of Qatar is one of the most exciting countries in the Middle East, with a predominantly young population, an expanding economy, and a rapid pace of modernization. A peninsula of some 5,000 square miles, Qatar has a landscape of sand dunes in the south and flat, rocky desert with scattered cultivation in the north. The climate is mild and pleasant in winter with occasional rainfall, while the summers are hot and frequently humid. A member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar has hosted meetings of the World Trade Organization and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It is the home of the international news network Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel and Education City, one of the most ambitious and far-reaching centers for education and research in the Middle East.

In the twentieth century, the economy was transformed by the discovery of oil and, later on, vast reserves of natural gas off the northeast coast. Qatar has the world's largest non-associated gas field, and is now a major exporter of liquefied natural gas and condensates. The country is forecast to have the highest per capita income in the world within the next few years. With economic prosperity came the development of a modern infrastructure: transport and telecommunication links, schools, hospitals and public health clinics.

In 1995 the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani established Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned consort of the Emir, Qatar Foundation is the cornerstone of the country's drive to become an advanced knowledge-based society. It has been instrumental in realizing her vision of establishing centers of excellence to enhance opportunities for the people of Qatar and to build the nation's resources in education, science, community development, health and other areas.


Useful Information for Traveling to Qatar

Time Zone: Qatar time is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 7/8 hours ahead of New York EST/DST. There is no daylight savings time in Qatar.

Climate: Qatar has a pleasant climate nine months of the year with hot summers and relatively warm winters. In the summer, the temperature ranges between 77-120 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. The temperature is eased by air conditioning in the vast majority of homes and workplaces. During the summer, most people take holidays or spend more time indoors. Sports, entertainment and leisure facilities are available in a vast array of recreation areas including clubs and hotels.

Currency: The Qatari Riyal (QR) is the currency of the country. The exchange rate is fixed at $1 U.S. equals 3.64 riyal. Most major establishments accept major credit cards; some will accept U.S. dollars.

Attire Recommendations: Cotton or lightweight clothing is suitable for daywear. Proper evening attire is recommended when dining in restaurants. Skirts or shorts above the knee should be avoided, as should sleeveless tops that expose the shoulders or upper arms. Very tight or revealing clothing should also be avoided.