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Blepharospasm Symposiums and Support Group Meetings

Updated March 28, 2017

BEBRF Symposiums
BEBRF Support Group Meetings
Blepharospasm Support Groups
Other blepharospasm meetings
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BEBRF Symposiums

In 2017, the symposium will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, September 9. Dr Andrew Harrison will be the Program Director.

In 2018, the symposium will be held in Atlanta, Georgia - tentatively on August 11. Dr. Hyder Jinnah will be the Program Director.

BEBRF 2017 Regional Symposium
Date:Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time:8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: University of Minnesota
St Paul Campus
Continuing Education Conference Center
Program DirectorAndrew Harrison, MD
OverviewWelcome to the third BEBRF Symposium held in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The last symposium was here 10 years ago. This year's symposium will be entitled "What's new in Blepharospasm?" and will cover the latest and greatest in blepharospasm research and treatment. The symposium will take place in the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. This will be a free event, including a continental breakfast and boxed lunch. The symposium will include experts from the University of Minnesota in the fields of neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery, neurology and visual rehabilitation. This year's symposium will also feature talks by Dr. Charles Soparkar from Houston, Texas. Dr. Soparkar is a world's expert in treatment of eyelid spasms and botulinum toxins. He is the inventor of Zytase to prolong the efficacy of botulinum toxin injections. He is a brilliant, dynamic speaker with a lot of experience to share with us. We will also have an update on research in blepharospasm by Linda McLoon, PhD one of the foremost experts on the orbicularis oculi muscle that is affected by BEB. We will also have talks on the latest in surgical and medical treatments for blepharospasm. Our low vision specialist at the University of Minnesota will discuss low-vision treatments that can help blepharospasm patients. We will have several panel discussions where YOU get to ask the experts all of YOUR questions. September is a glorious month in Minnesota, so please come join us with your friends and family for this wonderful symposium.
8:30Registration and breakfast
9:00Welcome - Andrew Harrison, MD
9:05Diagnosis of eyelid spasm disorders - Collin McClelland, MD
9:25New in imaging and medical treatment of blepharospasm - Paul Tuite, MD
9:45What's new in surgical management of blepharospasm - Ali Mokhtarzadeh, MD
10:05Coffee break
10:20What's new in botulinum toxins - Charles Soparkar, MD, PhD
10:50Panel discussion
11:30Management of dry eye in blepharospasm - Charles Soparkar, MD, PhD
1:00What's new in blepharospasm research - Linda McLoon, PhD
1:20What's new in low-vision therapy that can help you today - Mary Ruff, OT
1:40Panel discussion

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Contact: BEBRF
Tel: (409) 832-0788

BEBRF Support Group Meetings

Tulsa, OK
Date:Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time:11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Dr. Gary Denslow's office
4606 E 67th St. (off Yale) behind Warren Clinic Building
building 7 on 4th floor, suite 400
Tulsa OK   74136
  • Merz - Xeomin Representative
  • Light lunch at 11 AM provided by Panera Bread
  • RSVP Helen Vaslavsky
Contact: Helen Vaslavsky
Tel: 918-455-2133

Fairfax, VA
Date:Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time:1:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North Street
Fairfax, VA   22030
Contact: Jennifer Kawar
Tel: 301 229-4038

Tucson, AZ
Date:Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time:1:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Nanini Branch Library
7300 N. Shannon Rd.
Tucson, AZ   85741
Contact: Jeannie Fruean
Tel: (520) 290-3207

Huntsville, AL
Date:Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time:1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: South Huntsville Hospital
109 Governors Drive
Huntsville, Alabama
Speaker: TBA
Contact: Linda Webb
Tel: 256-723-2661

Waterford, NY
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:12:30 PM -
Location: 46 Harris Rd
Waterford, NY   12188
Pot Luck Luncheon for 7-9 people
Contact: Sandy Mincher
Tel: 518-542-2328

Madison, WI
Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:11:30 AM -
Location: Nile Restaurant
6119 Odana Rd
Madison, WI   53719
Lunch meeting
Contact: Gail Grueneberg
Tel: 608-271-0313

New York City
Date:Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time:11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Mt. Sinai West/Roosevelt Hospital
1000 Tenth Avenue
(between 58th and 59th streets)
New York NY 10019
Medical Presentation by Dr. Matthew Swan, Assistant Professor and Attending Neurologist, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel. Following the medical presentation we will hold a support group meeting.
Contact: Helene Lauffer
Tel: 212-496-0294

Philadelphia, PA
Date:Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Wills Eye Hospital 840 Walnut St., 8th floor Philadelphia, PA   19107
Speaker:Sharon Hicks, Licensed Occupational Therapist specializing in visual problems
Contact: Joan Nikelsky
Tel: 610-352-5685
Anne Holsclaw
Tel: 610-715-3249

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