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  1. 1. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 SPRING 2008 Geriatric Neurology Section News The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 GERIATRIC NEUROLOGY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Message from the Chair OFFICERS Victor W. Henderson, MD, FAAN Chair Victor W. Henderson, MD, FAAN Stanford, CA The Geriatric Neurology Section of the Academy was organized in 1989 Chair-Elect to increase awareness of and foster interest and expertise in issues of Charles DeCarli, MD geriatric neurology in the areas of patient care, research, education, and Sacramento, CA public policy, and to enhance the role of neurologists in geriatric training Immediate Past Chair programs. Martin Albert, M.D. chaired the organization steering commit- David A. Bennett, MD tee, and Germaine Odenheimer, M.D. and Janice Knoefel, M.D. were Chicago, IL section vice-chairs. One year later, the new Section could claim 277 Councilor-Science/Education members, and today we stand at 444. Our purpose today, as stated in the Anil K. Nair, MD 2008 revision of the Section By-Laws, remains exactly as it was 19 years Boston, MA ago. Councilor-UCNS Liaison James Galvin, MD, An acknowledgment and some updates St. Louis, MO As the incoming Chair and a 19-year member of the Section, let me be- Councilor-Newsletter gin by acknowledging and thanking Dr. David Bennett for his exemplary Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS service as the 2006-2008 Section Chair. He remains on the Executive Chicago, IL Committee as Past-Chair and will continue to be a resource for all of us. AAN STAFF LIAISON Lynee Koester Many of you attended the 60th annual meeting of the Academy in Chi- 1080 Montreal Ave. St. Paul, MN 55116 cago last month and realize that Geriatric Neurology was very visible. Tel: 651.695.2799 Thirteen educational programs dealt with geriatric neurology topics, and Fax: 651.361.4899 seven scientific sessions were devoted to aging and dementia. Other Email: Website: highlights were the selection of Dr. Keith Josephs as the 2008 winner of sections/geriatric.cfm the Geriatric Research Award (additional details are provided in this newsletter) and Drs. Clifford Jack, William Klunk, and Chester Mathis as IN THIS ISSUE: recipients of the Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research. • Message from the Chair • Geriatric Section executive The annual meeting also saw the election of Dr. Charles DeCarli as committee election results Chair-Elect and Dr. Anil Nair as a new Councilor. My congratulations to and bylaws update both of you. Drs. Zoe Arvanitakis and James Galvin remain as Council- • Geriatric Section Strategic Plan ors. Currently, Dr. Arvanitakis has primary responsibility for the News- • Robert Katzman Alzheimer letter, Dr. Nair is responsible for Education and Science, and Dr. Galvin Fellowship Fund is the UCNS liaison. • 2008 Geriatric Research Award Winner • Request to Junior Faculty The Academy has established a common template for its 30 Sections, and members each Section has defined “Working Groups.” As in other Sections, we • UCNS Certification have a Nominating Working Group (chaired by Dr. Bennett), an Educa- • Useful Related Websites tion Working Group, a Science Working Group, and a Practice Working • Geriatric/Aging-Related Fellowships Geriatric Neurology Section - 1
  2. 2. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 Group that is responsible for leads the Practice provides certification not only in Neurology/Child Working Group that is reviewing practice and cod- Neurology, but also has subspecialty certification in ing issues related to geriatric neurology. Dr. Arvani- Neuromuscular Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Vas- takis is also a member of this Group. Roles of the cular Neurology. There are several advantages of Education and Science Working Groups are not now ABPN certification, although it is very difficult for a well defined other than to suggest changes in educa- small specialty to meet the eligibility requirements. At tional and scientific programs at the annual meeting. several junctures over the past decade, members of the Under revised By-Laws, our Section also has a Be- Geriatric Neurology Section have discussed the possi- havioral Neurology Working Group intended to ad- bility of ABPN certification either on its own or dress similarities and differences between geriatric jointly with another group, such as Behavioral Neurol- neurology and behavioral neurology. It is led by Dr. ogy. Daniel Kaufer. Recently, I made preliminary contact with the ABPN Finally, the Executive Committee recently submit- to re-explore some of the options regarding certifica- ted a short proposal to the Science Committee for an tion in Geriatric Neurology, including a possible link- integrated neuroscience program focusing on Pre- age with Geriatric Psychiatry. Geriatric Psychiatry has clinical Alzheimer’s Disease at the 2009 Annual been an ABPN certified subspecialty since 1989. This Meeting . Dr. John Morris played an important role overture was approved by our Section Executive in developing the proposal. Committee and then by the general membership at the 2008 Section general meeting in Chicago. Dr. David There are several important issues for the Section in DeKosky, a past chair of the Geriatric Neurology Sec- the upcoming year and beyond. There are two that tion and a current member of the ABPN Board of Di- deserve special attention: subspecialty certification rectors, has offered helpful advice. Thus far, the over- and strategic planning. ture has been received favorably by the ABPN as well. I have asked Dr. Galvin and Dr. Janice Knoefel Subspecialty certification in Geriatric Neurology to work with me as we go forward. Our application for UCNS subspecialty certification in Geriatric Neurology has been approved. This Strategic planning milestone has taken a long time, and was moved A second new issue for our Section is the need to de- along most recently by Dr. Galvin. A 10-person ex- velop a strategic plan. The Committee on Section amination committee has been proposed to the (COS) has charged each Section with creating a strate- UCNS to develop the certifying examination. gic plan. The goal is to assess where the Section is now and to envision where its members want be in As many of you know, the Behavioral Neurology five and 10 years. The COS includes as members Section preceded us in the UCNS process. Its mem- chairs of each of the Academy Sections and is itself bers worked with neuropsychiatrists to develop a chaired by the Academy President-Elect. Each Section joint certification examination in Behavioral Neurol- reports to COS and must go through COS in its inter- ogy and Neuropsychiatry open to both neurologists actions with other parts of the Academy. and psychiatrists. A number of physicians have now taken this examination, and more psychiatrists are At this point, we are seeking ideas and suggestions certified than neurologists. from Geriatric Neurology Section members. I antici- pate appointing a Writing Committee in order to draft Although the Geriatric Neurology Section is com- various sections of the strategic plan. As one compo- mitted to the UCNS certification process, an alterna- nent of the process, the Geriatric Neurology Fellow- tive considered by larger AAN Sections is certifica- ship Core Curriculum may be reviewed. tion by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. (ABPN). Currently, the ABPN (continued on page 3) Geriatric Neurology Section - 2
  3. 3. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 We want you to be involved The Executive Committee seeks involvement of our Application Deadline for UCNS members in Section activities. As mentioned Geriatric Certification Examinations above, the roles of the Education, Science, and The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties Practice Working Groups are not particularly well (UCNS) membership application from the Geriatric Neu- defined, and we welcome your input. Within limits rology Section has been approved. The exam is currently imposed upon Sections by the Academy, there is scheduled for December 7 through 11, 2009, with the ap- room for creative engagement. plication deadline set for June 15, 2009. Application ma- terials are not yet available, but a notice will be sent im- We are fortunate to have an effective, proactive li- mediately when the materials are finalized and posted on aison, Ms. Lynee Koester (, and the UCNS website. you should forward your suggestions to her. Also, Dr. DeCarli in his role as a member of the Scien- The UCNS Certification Council is in the process of re- tific Program Subcommittee of the Science Com- viewing the CVs of those chosen to serve on the Geriatric mittee (which is not directly linked to his Section Exam Committee. Once final Certification Council ap- role) seeks volunteers for help with the 2009 An- proval is given, a meeting will then convene to begin nual Meeting scientific program dealing with aging writing the examination. and dementia. Please contact Ms. Koester for fur- ther information. UCNS Neurocritical Care Certification Exam Robert Katzman Fellowship July 15, 2008, is the next deadline for submitting your application and payment of $1,500 for the UCNS certifi- Dr. Katzman was honored recently by the AAN cation examination in the subspecialty of Neurocritical Foundation for his contributions to Alzheimer dis- Care. The certification examination will take place from ease. The Robert Katzman Clinical Research Train- December 8 through 12, 2008. Application materials can ing and Fellowship Fund has been created in his be found on the UCNS website at honor. Applications for this award are due in June subspecialty/neurocritical/certification. 2008. Visit the AAN Foundation web site at for the application form For more information about all UCNS certification ex- as well as rules for applying. The process and re- aminations offered in 2008 and 2009, visit the UCNS quirements are similar to the Clinical Research website at Training Fellowship application currently on the AAN Foundation web site. Current Contact Information Geriatric Section Executive Committee Voting Results Please notify the AAN if you have received this newsletter and are no longer a member of the Geriat- The elections for the Geriatric Neurology Section took ric Neurology Section, or if you have changed your place via email in advance of the meeting on April 15, contact information in the last year (such as address, 2008. Dr. Anil K. Nair was elected to the position of e-mail address, or telephone number. Contact Lynee Councilor for Education, Dr. Charles DeCarli will be Koester at or (651) 695-2739 the new Chair-Elect, and Dr. Victor Henderson will be with your updated contact information. the new Chair. Congratulations! Please also contact Lynee Koester if you would like to become a member of the Geriatric Neurology Sec- tion. Geriatric Neurology Section - 3
  4. 4. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 Junior Faculty Volunteers Wanted Section Strategic Plan Process/Template The Committee on Sections is asking that each AAN Topic Chairs are assigned to a particular spe- AAN section develop a Section Strategic Plan. cialty topic, and are responsible for coordinating the These Strategic Plans are opportunities for each grading, selection, and assignment of abstracts for the section to briefly review the history of the section, AAN Annual Meeting Scientific Program. Charles outline the current status of the section or subspe- DeCarli, MD, is currently the topic chair for Aging cialty it serves, and define its short and long term and Dementia. vision and goals, as well as perceived opportuni- ties and challenges. Key AAN committees will use these Strategic Plans in developing programs Dr. DeCarli stated that he feels strongly about getting and activities, thus ensuring Section input into the junior members involved in the AAN. Please contact Academy’s functions. As noted on the timeline, Lynee Koester at if you wish to they are requesting that the Plan be completed by get you involved in the Aging and Dementia review April 2009. process, or if you would like to co-chair some of the sessions. This is a great way to get involved and get We welcome suggestions or input that you have exposure at the AAN. regarding any portion of the Plan. If there are spe- cific sections of the Plan you would like to volun- teer to develop, please contact Lynee Koester at For a copy of the Strategic Geriatric Neurology Section Bylaws Plan and/or timeline, please also contact Lynee Koester. The bylaws updates for the Geriatric Neurology Sec- tion have been approved. A summary of the bylaws changes is below. To view a copy of the complete bylaws, please visit geriatric. 2008 Geriatric Research Award Winner Article V - Officers A. Officers: Congratulations to Keith A. Josephs, Jr., MD, who The term of the Chair and Co-chair will be updated was the 2008 winner of the Geriatric Research from the current TWO year term to a THREE year Award. The award was given at the 2008 Geriatric term. Section general session meeting on April 15, 2008 in Chicago. Dr. Josephs was thankful for receiv- B. Councilors: ing this award. Councilor terms will also be updated from the current TWO year term to THREE year term. Dr. Josephs’ work focuses on the aging popula- tion, dementia, and abnormal movement disorders. A new Working Group has been formed under the His research combines clinical, neuroradiological Geriatric Section, and has been added as follows: and neuropathological analyses. The award win- ner for the Research Award in Geriatric Neurology Article VIII - Working Groups is selected by the Science Committee of the C. Behavioral Neurology Working Group: Two des- American Academy of Neurology. ignated members appointed by the Chair will consti- tute the Group. Appointments will be for two years. The function of this group is to discuss differences and similarities between Geriatric Neurology and Be- havioral Neurology memberships, and also to submit fellowship applications to the ABPN. Geriatric Neurology Section - 4
  5. 5. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 Useful Websites The following are some useful web addresses for dementia and other geriatric-related organizations: Organization Website link GENERAL SITES National Institute on Aging National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke American Geriatrics Society education link CLINICAL TRIALS National Institutes of Health DISEASES/SYNDROME-SPECIFIC SITES Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer Foundation of America Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Lewy Body Dementia Association Association for Frontotemporal Dementias National Aphasia Association Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation (continued in next column) National Parkinson Foundation Hereditary Disease Foundation (for Huntington’s disease) Hydocephalus Foundation American Stroke Foundation American Stroke Association Geriatric Neurology Section - 5
  6. 6. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 Geriatric and Aging-Related Fellowships Below is a list of some of the available geriatric neurology fellowships submitted from various facilities across the country. Name of Website and Brief Description Requirements Contact Info Program Aging and Must be graduate of Send CV and two letters Dementia accredited training of reference to: Fellowship Albert Einstein College of Medicine program in neurol- Bronx, NY ogy or medicine, Joe Verghese, MD, Divi- eligible for licensure sion of Cognitive and Mo- Combining clinical and research experiences; Cog- by NY State, US tor Aging/Einstein Aging nitive and motor changes in normal aging and de- citizen or permanent Study, 1165 Morris Park mentia, clinicopathological studies, neuroimaging, resident Ave, Room 314, Bronx, biological markers, genetics NY 10461 Geriatric Completed training Contact: Fellowship in internal medicine or family practice; John R. Meuleman, MD, interview with fac- VA Medical Center University of Florida and the Gainesville VA Medi- ulty, three reference Email secretary Norma cal Center letters Morrison at Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center gov (GRECC) Provides basic knowledge and psychological aspects of aging. Lectures, conferences, seminars, grand rounds. Experience gained from clinical care, re- search, teaching, and administration. Geriatric US citizen, comple- Contact: Neurology and tion of neurology Dementia University College of San Diego residency application Douglas Galasko This is a mixed clinical and research fellowship. Fellow will receive clinical training in dementia and geriatric neurology at outpatient clinics at the VA, at UCSD, and through UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Neurobehavior/ Howard Rosen, Program Dementia Director Fellowship Memory and Aging Center, University of Califor- nia, San Francisco Their mission is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, to con- duct research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and to educate health professionals, patients, and their families. Continued on next page Geriatric Neurology Section - 6
  7. 7. Spring 2008 The Official Newsletter of the Geriatric Neurology Section / Volume 3 / Issue 3 Name of Website and Brief Description Require- Contact Info Program ments Memory Disor- Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts US medical license Send CV and two letters of ders Clinical General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/ and be board eligi- reference to: Research Fellow- Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Cen- ble/certified. ship ter Reisa Sperling, MD, Director Boston, MA of Clinical Research, Memory Disorders Unit, Brigham and Training in clinical assessment of memory disor- Women’s Hospital, 221 Long- ders, clinical research and clinical trials in AD, wood Ave, Boston, MA functional, structural, and molecular imaging re- 02115 search projects Neurobehavior US or Canadian Send CV and two letters of of Dementia Fel- residency completed reference to: lowship Baylor College of Medicine in neurology, psy- Houston, TX chiatry; or USMLE Rachelle Smith Doody, MD, parts I, II and III PhD, Alzheimer’s Disease and Mostly outpatient experience and exposure to na- and completion of Memory Disorders Center, tional and multicenter cooperative projects. In- residency in neurol- Baylor College of Medicine, depth training in clinical diagnosis, treatment and ogy or psychiatry 6550 Fannin, Suite 1801, multidisciplinary management of mild cognitive Houston, TX 77030 impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and related disor- ders. Cognitive and Completion of neu- Send letter of interest, CV, Behavioral Neu- Gainesville, FL rology or psychiatry three letters of recommenda- rology Fellow- residency tion (hard copies) to: ship Train physicians to assess and care for people with cognitive disorders associated with aging, perform Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, research with patients Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610 University of Graduates of Susan Czapiewski, MD, Minnesota residency/geriatric/home.html ACGME-accredited Director, Geropsychiatry Pro- Geropsychiatry psychiatry residen- gram Fellowship One-year program. Integration with county hospi- cies are eligible VA Medical Center (116A) tal Geriatric Medicine Fellowship; VAMC Demen- One Veterans Drive tia and Memory Disorders Clinic at Geriatric, Re- Minneapolis, MN 55417 search, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC); active multidisciplinary outpatient clinic at VAMC; faculty with strong interest in neuropsychiatry. Behavior MD degree or Anil K. Nair, MD Neurology fellowships/neurology.html equivalent with Neurology Fellowship Direc- Fellowship USMLE certifica- tor, BU Alzheimer’s Disease Two to three year program designed to train physi- tion Clinical and Research Pro- cians to become independent clinical researchers gram and to provide advanced clinical training in behav- Boston University School of ioral neurology and the management of neurode- Medicine generative disorders. 715 Albany Street, B7800 Boston, MA 02118 Geriatric Neurology Section - 7