Fifth Annual Meeting – Virtual – Saturday, September 18, 2021


Please join us for the 5th Annual Illinois State Neurological Society Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Physicians can earn 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credits of CME by attending the meeting.

We will be featuring clinical and research updates by several sub-specialty experts from throughout the state and beyond. Expanded opportunities for interactive networking and discussion will be available. In addition to talks on contemporary issues in neurology, the meeting will feature live question and answer sessions with subspecialists and industry leaders.

This will include:

Updates on neuro-inflammation, neuromuscular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Debates on controversies in clinical neurology. Special sessions on diversity and equity issues in neurology.

Trainee poster competition, breakout mentoring sessions for trainees, and complex clinical case discussions.


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Submissions were accepted from medical students, residents, and fellows in Illinois in any topic relevant to neurology. All abstracts will be published online at the meeting and some may be selected for oral presentation. Awards will be given for exemplary posters. 

Meeting Schedule

8-8:05                    Introduction, President’s Welcome – Dr. Austin Hake, President, Illinois State Neurological  Society

8:05-8:30              Advances in treatment of Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder and Multiple Sclerosis – Dr. Marisa McGinley, Cleveland Clinic

8:30-8:55              Updates on ALS Trials and Therapeutics – Dr. Stephen Goutman, University of Michigan

8:55-9:05              Panel Q&A


9:05-9:20              The Future is Teleneurology – Dr. Tamika Burrus, Specialists on Call

9:20-9:35              Limitations of Teleneurology – Dr. Aditi Narechania, Jesse Brown VA

9:35-9:45              Discussion


9:45-10:15           Pharmaceutical Roundtable / Break


10:15-10:35         COVID: Neuro-muscular complications – Dr. Anthony Amato, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

10:35-10:55         Post SARS COv-2, Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome – Dr. Jorge Kattah, UIC-Peoria

10:55-11:15         A Case-Based Discussion of the Neurological Complications of COVID-19 – Dr. Michael Carrithers, University of Illinois at Chicago

11:15-11:25         Panel discussion


11:25-11:30         Business meeting – Dr. Sarah Song, Past-President Illinois State Neurological Society

11:30-12               Trainee Poster Walk


12-1                       Lunch break

12-12:30               Mentoring lunch roundtable for trainees


1-1:25                    Ten Stories to Understand Stroke Care in 2020-21 – Dr. Karen Orjuela, University of Colorado

1:25-2                    Updates on Dementia – Dr. Darren Gitelman, Lutheran Hospital

2-2:10                    Q&A


2:10-3:25             Complex Clinical Cases – Dr. Jose Biller, Loyola University / Dr. Rita Shapiro, University of Illinois at Chicago


3:25-3:40              Break


3:40-4:05              Social Determinants of Health in Stroke Disparities – Dr. Alejandro Vargas, Rush University Medical Center

4:05-4:30              How to Write a Shorter Neurology Note That is Faster to Write and Faster to Read – Dr. Daniel Hier, University of Illinois at Chicago

4:30-4:37              Trainee Poster 1: Dr. Anna Moshkovich, Rush University Medical Center

4:37-4:44              Trainee Poster 2: Dr. Ammar Ujjainwala, UIC-Peoria

4:44-5:01              Trainee Poster 3: Dr. William Taylor, Loyola University

5:01-5:10              Discussion


5:10                       Closing remarks – Dr. Smita Patel, Vice-President, Illinois State Neurological Society