Friday October 23, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM EDT
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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

This course will be held in the Snowy Egret room at the Hyatt; please check in at the registration desk located in the Audubon Ballroom Foyer.

Childcare is available at the Grand Hyatt. Please contact the front desk for rates and availability.
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   This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through a joint providership of USF Health and the Huntington Study Group. USF Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

USF Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

A maximum of 5.5 contact hour(s) may be earned by learners who successfully complete this continuing nursing education activity.

Nurses must sign in and attest to sessions attended.

Learning objectives apply also to nurses and no prerequisites required.

HSG 2015: Building Our Future

Attendees of this course are also invited to join open activites of the Huntington Study Group (HSG) annual event: HSG 2015, being held in conjunction at the Grand Hyatt. Friday evening will include a HD research poster session, a program on the top research papers of 2015, and an HD Innovators Forum and Reception, highlighting industry pipeline therapeutics. On Saturday, October 24th, attendees are also invited to attend the 9th Annual HD Clinical Research Symposium and HD Family Education Day. Additional information about these events can be found on the HSG 2015 Registration page. If you intend on joining, please do register here as well.


The HSG appreciates your interest!


Practical Pointers and Perspectives on Huntington Disease for Local Practitioners

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Introduction: Huntington’s disease is uncommon, but not rare.  Clinicians specializing in neurology, movement disorders, mental health, genetics, and palliative care, as well as primary care providers, are likely at some time to see HD patients and families who need their guidance through the complex and progressive course of the disease.  The single underlying principle that informs the approach of the course speakers in their own clinics, which we wish to convey to the attendees, is: “There is never ‘nothing I can do’ for a person with HD.” 

Course objectives:

  • review the diagnostic clinical features of HD;
  • describe the typical course and stages of the disease;
  • discuss the management of the neurological, psychiatric, cognitive, and medical aspects of HD;
  • review how genetic counseling and genetic testing fit into the management of HD families;
  • interactively discuss cases that present interesting genetic, neurological, or psychiatric management challenges;
  • emphasize the importance of allied health professionals in the management of HD;
  • review the local, regional, and national resources to help optimize their care of HD families, and allow them to remain involved in HD medical and research activities

Learning objectives apply also to nurses and no prerequisites are required.

Course Faculty

Juan Sanchez-Ramos, PhD, MD, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (Course Director)

Mark Guttman, MD, Centre for Movement DIsorders, Markham, ONT, Canada

Martha Nance, MD, Struthers Parkinson's Center, Minneapolis, MN

Jane Paulsen, PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Adam Rosenblatt, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Vicki Wheelock, MD, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA

Course Schedule


Lecture title



Welcome/course goals



Natural History of Huntington’s Disease



The diagnosis of Huntington’s disease



Genetics, genetic counseling, and genetic testing





Medical and Neurological Management for Huntington’s Disease



Managing Psychiatric Symptoms in HD






HSG 2015 Keynote Presentation: Dr. Michael Hayden, Teva Pharmaceuticals (Audubon Ballroom, no continuing education credit awarded)


Case studies: genetics

Staff (Nance, Guttman, Wheelock, Paulsen, Rosenblatt)


Case studies: neurology


Case studies: psychiatry





Team Approach in HD Management



Resources (Local, Regional, National)

Sanchez-Ramos and staff


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USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.

The information provided at this CME/CE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

USF is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Equal Access Institution.