The 2010 Symposium: Successful and Stimulating


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital recently hosted its Third Annual Saving the Brain Neuroscience Symposium of the Central Coast. This year’s event featured leading neuroscientists, neurosurgeons and neurologists from around the country, giving presentations on advanced treatments and new research findings.


The Third Annual Saving the Brain Symposium, which focused on neurovascular disorders, was held October 2 at a first-class venue, The Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.


“The goal of the symposium was to present the latest information and research about stroke, neuro-oncology, neurovascular disease and various other neurologic topics,” says Phil Delio, MD, stroke neurologist and medical director of the Stroke Program at Cottage. “Each year we change the

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topics and format to keep participants interested and ensure we present the most recent data. We’ve been fortunate to be able to draw some of the most distinguished speakers in their respective fields to a relatively intimate setting here in Santa Barbara where participants and attendees can interact with one another.”


Leaders in diverse fields of research and clinical work presented on topics as varied as rapid triage and treatment of acute stroke patients in Los Angeles County, neurotrauma and the use of nanotechnology in brain tumor treatment. Many attendees commented on the rarity of so many noted physicians participating in one weekend program outside of a large, international conference.


“The Saving the Brain Symposium provides a rare opportunity to hear some of the best speakers and scientists in the country talk about neuroscience, right in our own backyard in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara,” Dr. Delio says. “Whether you’re a primary care physician, neurologist, surgeon or nurse, the topics are of interest. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”


See this page for more information about the 2010 symposium.


Don’t miss next year’s conference! E-mail Gary Migram at
to be put on the early bird information list, and you will qualify for a tuition discount to the 2011 conference.


The Third Annual Saving the Brain Neuroscience Symposium of the Central Coast hosted these presentations:

  • Neuroscience Update
    Alois Zauner, MD
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Vascular Neurosurgery
    Fady Charbel, MD
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Neurotrauma
    Mathieu Laroche, MD
    University of California San Francisco
  • Neurocritical Care
    Chad Miller, MD
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Intracranial Tumors
    Susan Chang, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Neuroscience Research
    Frank Doyle III, PhD
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Erkki Ruoslahti, MD, PhD
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Ryszard Pluta, MD, PhD
    Journal of American Medical Association
  • Stroke Update
    Jeffrey Saver, MD
    UCLA Medical Center
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
    Joseph Aragon, MD
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Neuroscience Nursing
    Linda Littlejohns, MSN, RN, ACNP

From left: Guest lecturers Professor Frank Doyle III, Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti, and Dr. Susan Chang with Mr. Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health System