Dec 6 - Dec 7
7:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Fri - Sat

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Current Advances in Treatment and Recommendations for Evaluation and Rehabilitation

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge, Stanford University Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Department of Neurology, Neuromuscular Division at the Stanford University School of Medicine

Statement of Need

This two day course is provided to first, teach healthcare providers on the clinical perspective of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) including the broad phenotypic spectrum of pediatric and adult patients, evidence of natural history of the disease, new updates to standards of care, clinical outcome measures/standardized assessments, and the influence of therapies both approved and in development; and second, to support healthcare providers, outside of specialized SMA centers, to manage rehabilitation programs and evaluate patient progress using validated standardized clinical assessments in SMA.

At the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of the current advances in treatment as well as recommendations for the evaluation and rehabilitation management in SMA. Attendees will comprehend how to relate the standards of care to clinical practice and assess SMA patients with standardized clinical measures.

Target Audience

This is an international program designed for physicians, nurses, advance practice nurses (APNs), professional nurses (RNs) physician assistants, physical therapists, administrators, researchers, social workers, allied health professionals, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, residents, fellows and medical students specializing in Neurology, Pediatrics, and Neuromuscular Specialties.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the clinical perspectives of Spinal Muscular Atrophy including disease pathology, phenotypic spectrum, and evidence of natural history.
  • Choose and organize suitable rehabilitation programs based on available standards of care recommendations.
  • Determine and apply appropriate clinical outcome measures based on age and function with correct administration and scoring of motor performance using these common Spinal Muscular Atrophy measures.


Course Directors

John W. Day, MD, PhD

Course Director
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics (Genetics) and by courtesy, Pathology

Carolina Tesi Rocha, MD

Co-Course Director
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurology & Neurological Science


A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Neurology, Neuromuscular Division at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Mary Sisney
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-7166

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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