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Neurovascular Connections - Richmond/Vancouver 2017

Canadian Neurovascular Health Society

Neurovascular Connections - Richmond/Vancouver 2017

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Canadian Neurovascular Health Society 

7th Annual Conference

On September 23 and 24, 2017 we will hear top researchers and medical practitioners present the latest research to help optimize your neurovascular health! This is the 7th annual conference hosted by the Canadian Neurovascular Health Society. Our mission is to bring researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together with patients so patients can make informed decisions about their health. Neurovascular health affects every one of us, but is of particular importance for those dealing with the challenges of chronic disease, especially Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, amongst other diseases and symptoms.


Location: Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond BC -- just 5 minutes from Vancouver International Airport! (This is the same location as our 2015 conference - with an amazing facelift!)

Included in conference fee:

* All conference sessions (Saturday afternoon; full day Sunday)

* Professional video recording of all sessions allowing you to watch the sessions again and again

* Sunday buffet lunch

* Parking fee at hotel waived for conference attendees

* Free hotel shuttle from Vancouver International Airport




 Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Pietro Bavera - Keynote Speaker


Dr. Pietro Maria Bavera is a noted vascular surgeon and the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications of Vascular Surgery / Angiology (many of which are in English on PubMed and Scopus ) and chapters of college textbooks. His teaching careers spans almosty 20 years and includes numerous medical school courses in Neurophysiopathology for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. Dr. Bavera served as a Board Member of the Italian College of Phlebology from 2012-2014 and is currently with the University of Milan. He sees an average of 2800-3000 patients with vascular disease annually through the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Milan.




 Dr. E. Mark Haacke    Dr. Mark Haacke

Dr. E. Mark Haacke will present his latest research on using MRI in areas such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury and aging. His takes MR research beyond diagnosis to how it can inform best practice in patient treatment. He leads a major research program related to vascular aspects of MS and neurovascular disease. Dr. Haacke is a globally recognized researcher who invented MR angiography and Susceptibility Weighted Imaging and has pioneered the development and application of new imaging methods.



James CarrollJames Carroll

James Carroll, CEO of Thor Photomedicine Ltd. (UK), will speak about use and application of LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) / Photobiomodulation and its effect on oxidative stress, including pain relief, inflammation and tissue regeneration. A recognized authority on LLLT mechanisms of action, dose, dose rate effects and the measurement and reporting of parameters, he will demonstrate his Photobiomodulation equipment, including the NovoThor whole-body light pod to both practitioners and patients.

*Free 15-minute NovoThor body pod treatments will be offered to people who register early for the conference. Exact number of free treatments is unknown, so register soon to be sure to get your spot! We will email early registrants a schedule to select preferred time for free treatment by May 1, 2017.





Mitchell Tyler Mitch Tyler

Mitchell Tyler, a biomedical and mechanical engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL), will present his latest research on the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) device -- a novel way to apply the concept of neuroplasticity to rehabilitation. With over 20 years of experience in research and development of visual and tactile displays for human-machine interfaces, Mitch is a co-developer of the PoNS and his research interests include cutaneous and tongue-based electrotactile displays, human-machine interaction, and clinical applications of noninvasive neuromodulation for rehabilitation.



Dr. Salvatore Sclafani Sclafani

We are delghted to be joined once more by Dr. Sal Sclafani, a vascular surgeon who brings with him a lifetime of experience helping patients optimize blood flow. Graduating from SUNY Upstate and completing a residency at SUNY Downstate, Dr. Sclafani is a diplomate of the American College of Radiology with added qualification in interventional radiology. He has been a practicing interventional radiologist for the past 40 years, during which time he spent a decade as professor and chairman of radiology and professor of surgery and emergency medicine at the Downstate Medical School.

Dr. Sclafani is a past President of the American Society of Emergency Radiology, a fellow of SIR, and the first international member of the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology. He is also a founding member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease and is active in developing ways to determine best practice in this emerging field of science and medicine. He has authored more than 160 scientific papers, authored or co-authored 20 textbooks, and presented more than 250 invited national and international lectures. He was the first Section Editor of Radiology for the Journal of Trauma, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Interventional Radiology, and Emergency Radiology. He specializes in using Intravascular Ultrasound to guide his work inside blood vessels.

Dr. Sclafani will focus on the nature, assessment, and treatment of renal vein obstructions in his presentation.



Dr. David Williams


Dr. David Willams believes the world of dentistry is not a peripheral part of brain and general health. The unintentional walls that exist between the professions (because we are trained to see clearly only in our area of expertise) are thinning and must be breached or circumvented if we are to solve the mysteries of neurological illness. Where the maddening description "with no known cause" is applied to a disease condition, we need to always throw in "yet" at the end of that phrase. Dr. Williams will present on his published research on neurodegenerative disorders and bite-induced cranial trauma. Through extensive dissections of cadavers he discovered the consistent presence of abnormally mobile squamousal sutures in MS and Alzheimer’s skulls. The physical relationship between the functioning components of the head (skull bones and bite) and the brain beneath them is significant. Nailing down the details now will set the stage for the development of relevant diagnostic devices, treatment protocols and bone stabilization hardware.  This seminal paradigm shift will open a new discipline in health care for the human brain.




Dr. Ashton Embry and Matt Embry


Dr. Ashton Embry and son Matt are well known for speaking out on the importance of diet and lifestyle to manage multiple sclerosis. Dr. Embry developed a treatment plan when Matt was diagnosed based on available science and both Ashton and Matt continue to seek out current research to help patients with multiple sclerosis achieve optimal health. Ashton founded the grass roots, volunteer based Direct-MS charity in 1998 to fund scientific research and educate patients. Matt is a film director and writer and founder of MS Hope. 

We are delighted to announce an Exclusive Screening for Matt Embry's documentary, Living Proof, at our Vancouver conference! We will show this film on personal health, healing and hope beginning at 4 PM, Sunday September 24. Because of the length of the film, the conference will now end at 5:45 PM.


Dr. Bill Code


Dr. Bill Code began his medical career in family practice in rural Canadian prairies. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology and intensive care in Calgary Alberta. Dr. Code subsequently took an academic position at the University of Saskatchewan where he continued his research in conjunction with Dr. Leif Hertz, a world-class researcher and an expert in the culture of both neurons and astrocytes and the research thereof. Initially, Dr. Code studied calcium channels and the effects on neurons and astrocytes with benzodiazepines.

Soon after, in conjunction with stroke neurologists, Dr. Ashvaq Shuaib and Dr. Bernhard Juurlink, Dr. Code formed a collaborative research group to study stroke as a basic science, through cell culture, lab animal, clinical patient and epidemiologic investigation. This group was composed of four basic scientists and four clinicians including a neurologist, an anesthesiologist, a pathologist, and an epidemiologist. This Center of Excellence group was able to receive a million-dollar grant from the Canadian Heart & Stroke foundation. Dr. Code left academia after receiving tenure in 1992. He moved to Vancouver Island to do clinical anesthesia and acute and chronic pain management.

Dr. Code was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, which ended his clinical career in anesthesiology. Because of his modest recovery, which has been enhanced by venous angioplasty treatment in November 2010, he is passionate about neurovascular research and treatment possibilities for improved patient quality of life.


Hotel Reservations


The Pacific Gateway Hotel (formerly the Delta Vancouver Airport) is hosting our 2017 conference. Located on the Fraser River, this hotel is built for conferences, with waterfront ballrooms and restaurants and plenty of parking. Our Saturday evening Patient and Friends gathering (optional) will be held at its spectacular Pier 73 restaurant suspended over the river immediately adjacent to the hotel.The hotel also boasts a lobby breakfast and lunch cafe, lobby coffee bar, lounge, and free shuttle service to local shopping and the airport.

We have negotiated the following special hotel room rates for our conference attendees (per night plus approximately 15% in taxes). These rates, which are valid starting three days prior through three days after the conference, are available until August 25, 2017. Limited guest rooms are available at these rates. We recommend attendees book Friday and Saturday nights to maximize their conference experience. Booking directly with the hotel ensures you get all the benefits listed and helps CNHS keep our conference costs to a minimum ~ thank you.

Hotel Address: 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V7B 1C7

Hotel Website:

Room type  Single/Double   Triple   Quad 
CA$149  CA$179  CA$209

To obtain our special hotel discounted rate, please provide the hotel with the following information when you make a reservation (rates apply up to 3 days in advance and 3 days after the conference, subject to availability):
 Event & Name: Canadian Neurovascular Health Society
 Code: 1709CANA_002
 Hotel Toll Free: 1-866-382-3474
 Phone Number: 604 278-1241
 Fax: 604 276-1975

Our Pay It Forward Policy

The Canadian Neurovascular Health Society has a Pay It Forward policy to ensure our conferences are affordable for everyone who wants to attend. If you are unable to afford the full conference fee, send an email to our Treasurer, Landon Schmidt, who will manage your request in confidence. Sponsors and other attendees generously provide funds that allow us not to turn anyone away due to financial need. If you want to apply for a discounted ticket or donate to this Pay It Forward fund, please email Landon at

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Pacific Gateway Hotel
3500 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC V7B 1C7


Canadian Neurovascular Health Society


The Canadian Neurovascular Health Society is a registered volunteer driven, non-profit charitable society dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians affected by neurovascular conditions and diseases primarily through support, research and education. Our mandate is to serve as a resource for education and research for individuals with and at risk for neurovascular symptoms, their families and caregivers, government, the public at large, and medical and research communities.

We provide services through three primary methods: Providing Information and Support – to advance the awareness of neurovascular health to health care professionals and to champion neurovascular treatment; Research – to gather knowledge of neurovascular conditions; and Education – delivering educational forums.

We will provide Canadian Charitable receipts for amounts $20.00 and higher.

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