2011 Saving the Brain Neuroscience Symposium


The 4th Annual Neuroscience Symposium of the Central Coast featured nationally recognized guest speakers, along with experts in the Neurosciences from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital


Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute at Cottage Health System, the symposium on September 24 drew leading neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, intensivists, emergency department physicians and ancillary staff to Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara to hear presentations about advanced treatments and new research findings.

Dr. Phil Delio and Dr. Alois Zauner, co-medical directors for the 2011 conference, shown with Charleen Strebel, RN, program coordinator.


“Our goal for this event was to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning about the latest advances in technology and products for this vital area of clinical care,” says Philip R. Delio, MD, stroke neurologist and medical director of the Stroke Program at Cottage. “We are thrilled to have been able to draw some of the most distinguished speakers in their respective fields. Many have told us they welcome the opportunity to interact during the symposium itself and at the pre-symposium vendor-presenter events.”


Leaders in diverse fields of research and clinical work presented on topics as varied as microdialysis, regional stroke network development and neuro-critical care. Attendee feedback consistently mentions the benefit of access to so many noted physicians participating in a weekend program in an intimate venue.


“We have been honored by the response of internationally renowned speakers and scientists to the Saving the Brain Symposium,” Dr. Delio says. “This exciting event is a high point of the year for physicians and other medical professionals in the Tri-County area, whether in primary care, emergency care, neurology or neurosurgery.”


To be placed on the early bird list for next year, please email Gary Milgram at gmilgram@sbch.org.  


"The 2011 Saving the Brain Conference was a great success, largely due to the efforts of the SBCH staff’s organizational skills, the support of vendors, and the efforts of Drs. Zauner and Delio.”



Featured Presentations of The Fourth Annual Saving the Brain Neuroscience Symposium of the Central Coast

  • Vascular Neurosurgery by Giuseppe Lanzino, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery by Marvin Bergsneider, MD, University of California Los Angeles
  • Neurocritical Care by Howard Yonas, MD, The University of New Mexico
  • Spinal Surgery by Thomas Jones, MD, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Microdialysis by Urban Ungerstedt, MD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • ICP Monitoring by DaiWai Olson, PhD, RN, Duke University Medical Center
  • Development of Regional Stroke Network by Todd Czartoski, MD, Swedish Neuroscience Institute
  • Neurotrauma by Stephen Kaminski, MD, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Advances in Epilepsy by Linda Chen, MD, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Update in Brain Tumor Surgery by Jeffrey Weinberg, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Stroke by David Liebeskind, MD, UCLA Stroke Center


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