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Auckland | Tourism New ZealandANZCNS 5th Annual Scientific Meeting
(Wednesday 31st August - Friday 2nd September 2016)
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand

Important Dates
18th April 2016  Abstract submission opens
Registration opens
18th July 2016  Abstract submission closes
Early bird registration closes
Accommodation bookings are subject to availability from this date
15th August 2016  All registration closes (no on-site registration)
31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2016  Conference

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Welcome message
Please join us for a scientifically stimulating 5th ANZCNS Annual Scientific Meeting program in an atmosphere of warm collegiality set in the elegant city of Auckland, where you will find world-class shopping, buzzing waterfront precincts lined with restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene and harbour adventures right on your doorstep.

This year the major theme of our conference is showcasing the rapid advances are occurring in many areas of neuropaediatric research in our region. Researchers will present current progress in clinical trials for children with epilepsy, metabolic disorders, neuromuscular disorders and neuroinflammatory disorders. Current genomic research related to child neurological illnesses will also be presented. There will also be dedicated sessions on fetal and neonatal neurology, neurometabolic disorders and adolescent neurology.

We hope you can join us in Auckland!

Major Sponsors

UCB Australia

Speaker Sponsors


Conference committee
Dr Suzanne Davis, Starship Children’s Hospital (Chair, Local Committee)
Dr Gina O’Grady, Starship Children’s Hospital
Dr Melinda Nolan, Starship Children’s Hospital
Dr Clare Spooner, Starship Children’s Hospital
Dr Kate Riney, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Dr Anita Cairns, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

International Speakers
We are delighted to announce our international speakers:

Professor James (Jim) Wheless is Professor/Chair of Le Bonheur Children’s Research Institute/Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. He holds appointment at the University of Texas Health Science Centre. He will be joining us for an EISAI hosted dinner on the evening of Wednesday 31st August (information to follow) and speaking at the Epilepsy Symposium on Thursday 1st September. He will also chair the Epilepsy Platform on that morning.

We will also be joined by Dr Finbar O’Callaghan, University College London - Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, as an international speaker, providing an update on the outcome of the ICISS study, and contributing to a session on Paediatric Stroke.

The Program
This year the major theme of our Annual Scientific Meeting will be focussed on the significant expansion in multi-disciplinary and multi-centre collaborative neuropaediatric research that is occurring in our region, and which is producing exciting possibilities for better understanding of, and treatments for, major childhood neurological illnesses. The conference will support and showcase the researchers, including members of ANZCNS and allied specialities, and their research activities, which are leading the advances in many areas of paediatric neurology. Research activities that will be included in the program will include clinical trials in children with epilepsy, metabolic disorders, neuromuscular disorders and neuroinflammatory disorders. Genomic research and developments in paediatric neurological disorders will also feature prominently in the program. The spread of information relating to current scientific and clinical neuropaediatric advances, to our members and colleagues in allied fields, is an important priority for the Program Committee of the 5th Annual Scientific Meeting of ANZCNS. We hope to facilitate open dialogue between clinicians and neuroscientists from our region in order to further foster collaborative research networks. A full day of the meeting will be devoted to this theme. There will also be dedicated sessions on fetal and neonatal neurology, neurometabolic disorders and adolescent neurology.

The Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee are currently finalizing the conference program and program updates will be available shortly. Below is the preliminary program at this time.

WEDNESDAY 31st August 2016
08:30 Registration Desk Open  
09:00 ANZCNS Board Meeting  
  Special Interest Groups  
  Education and Training Committee Meeting  
  ANZCNS Trainee's Breakfast Meeting  
09:30 Arrival Tea/Coffee  
10:00 Conference Official Opening  
10:15 Symposium 1 - Neurometabolic Disease
- Neurometabolic disorders unique to the region
- X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy
- Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis
- Neurometabolic Talk 4
Callum Wilson
Emma Glamuzina
David Palmer
Speaker to be confirmed.
12:20 Lunch  
12:50 ANZCNS Paediatric Neurology Trainee Lecture
- Therapeutic decision making in immune brain disease
Russell Dale
13:50 Platform Session 1 - Stroke/Neuroinflammation/General Neurology
- Platform 1
- Platform 2
- Platform 3
- Platform 4
- Platform 5
- Platform 6
15:20 Afternoon tea and poster viewing  
15:50 Symposium 2 - Paediatric stroke
- Stroke topic 1
- Stroke topic 2
Finbar O'Callaghan
Speaker to be confirmed.
17:00 ANZCNS AGM  
18:00 BUS TO: Eisai Dinner Event International Speaker, Jim Wheless. Epilepsy Theme
THURSDAY 1st September 2016
08:00 Registration Desk Open  
08:30 Symposium 3 - Epilepsy (EISAI SPONSORED SESSION)
- International Epilepsy Keynote Speaker
- Findings of the International Collaborative Infantile Spasm Study (ICISS)
- Genetics of epileptic encephalopathies - a 2016 update
- Current state of play -the role of cannabinoids in epilepsy
Jim Wheless
Finbar O'Callaghan
Lynette Sadleir
Jeremy Freeman
10:50 Morning tea  
11:20 Platform Session 2 - Epilepsy
- Platform 1
- Platform 2
- Platform 3
- Platform 4
- Platform 5
- Platform 6
12:50 Lunch  
13:30 Symposium 4 - Neuromuscular/Transition
- Emerging therapies in DMD and SMA
- An approach to adolescent medicine
- Transition to adult care in neuromuscular disease
- Transition for neurology patients with disability
- Gynaecological management of severe intellectual disability
Monique Ryan
Bridget Farrant
Helen Young
Collette Muir
Saman Moeed
15:50 Afternoon tea and poster viewing  
16:15 Platform Session 3 - Neuromuscular/General Neurology
- Platform 1
- Platform 2
- Platform 3
19:00 Travel to conference dinner venue  
  Recognition of Service Awards  
FRIDAY 2nd September 2016
08:00 Registration Desk Open  
08:30 Platform Session 4
- Platform 1
- Platform 2
- Platform 3
- Platform 4
- Platform 5
- Platform 6
10:00 Morning tea  
10:30 Symposium 5 - Fetal / Neonatal Research
- The role of antenatal MRI in diagnosis of brain disorders
- Somatic mosaicism and brain malformations
- Elucidating the genetics of developmental brain malformations - the Australian Health Genomic Alliance
- Zika virus congenital infection
- Guidelines for Zika virus related neurological complications
- The role of the neurologist in antenatal counseling
- Panel discussion - The role of the maternal fetal medicine panel.
David Perry
Stephen Robertson
Rick Leventer
Lesley Voss
Rick Leventer
Simone Ardern-Holmes
13:10 Lunch  
14:00 ANZCNS Trainee Platform Award  
14:10 Video & Diagnostic Dilemma Session
- Video / Case 1
- Video / Case 2
- Video / Case 3
- Video / Case 4
- Video / Case 5
15:30 Meeting Close/ASM 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT  
15:45 Afternoon tea & departures  

The Conference Venue
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023 New Zealand.
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The Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre is a magnificent education facility in the heart of the Auckland City Hospital. The Clinical Education Centre (CEC) was opened in November 2004. The centre's primary focus is clinical education and training. Emphasised with an elegant spacious interior, the CEC is a leading conferencing facility in Auckland.

Directions from the carpark: Walk along the walk way to level 1 of the main building—follow the blue lines. Take the public lifts to level 5. Turn right and follow signs to the Clinical Education Centre (CEC).

Directions from the main entrance: Walk through the main entrance to the new hospital. Take the escalator to level 5 and turn left. The CEC entrance is approximately 30 meters on the left hand side.

The Conference Hotel
The Langham, 83 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010 New Zealand


Located near the heart of Auckland’s vibrant CBD and leading retail and dining precincts, The Langham hotel provides an elegant backdrop for meetings and celebrating special occasions. Luxurious surroundings and outstanding service are blended with every comfort for a truly exceptional experience. From superb accommodation and dining to an onsite contemporary spa and 24-hour fitness centre, The Langham, Auckland promises a dynamic event experience with every opportunity to mix business with leisure. Accommodation will be allocated in order of receipt of bookings and payments and are therefore subject to availability.

Features include:

Getting there:
Taxis (from Auckland Airport): NZD$85.00 - $95.00 (one-way)
Auckland Airbus (from Auckland Airport): NZD$16.00 (one way) and NZD$28.00 (return)
Shuttle Service (from Auckland Airport): NZD$35.00 (1 person) and NZD$43.00 (2 people)

The Conference Dinner
Ostro, Seafarers Building, 52 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.

A modern New Zealand brasserie with sweeping views of the Waitemata Harbour, Ostro’s is a delightful dinner venue. The kitchen, directed by internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett, in conjunction with head chef Cobus Klopper, serves an array of new-style brasserie classics. Join us for an evening of collegial conversation, fine dining and fun.

Date: Thursday 1st September 2016
Time: 7.30pm – 8.00pm (Ostro’s City Terrace Bar for pre-dinner drinks), 8.00pm (Ostro’s Upper Deck, dinner)

Registration Fees

Fee Type Early Fee (Payment by 18th July 2016) Standard Fee
Full Registration
ANZCNS Ordinary Member (Consultant Physician) $650 $850
ANZCNS Trainee Member (Medical, Postgraduate) $300 $450
ANZCNS Retired Member (Physician) $300 $300
ANZCNS Associate Member (Allied Health, Nursing, Neurophysiology) $300 $450
Non Member Consultant Physician $800 $1000
Non Member Trainee (Medical, Postgraduate) $450 $600
Non Member Retired Physician $300 $300
Non Member Special Groups (Allied Health, Nursing, Neurophysiology) $450 $600
Medical Student (Undergraduate) $200 $200
All other professions $800 $1000
Day Registrations
No concession $350 $350
Concession (Allied Health, Nursing, Neurophysiology) $200 $200

Registration Entitlements

Alterations and Cancellations
Alterations or cancellations to your registration and/or accommodation bookings will not be accepted over the telephone. Alterations must be requested via email.

Notice of cancellation for registration/accommodation bookings, when received in writing, will be processed and your registration/accommodation fee refunded subject to the following deductions:

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