Sixth Annual Margaret Hackett Family Program Symposium: Research Perspectives and the Study of CNS Congenital Anomalies

Chicago, IL US
May 24, 2024
Join us for an engaging symposium that delves into the world of central nervous system (CNS) congenital anomalies!
Embark on a transformative journey as we begin to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of CNS congenital anomalies. Our panel of experts will illuminate specific congenital syndromes, offering invaluable insights into diverse approaches for each entity.
But that's not all! Explore cutting-edge models of care and future approaches that promise to revolutionize the landscape of CNS congenital anomaly management.
By participating in this dynamic activity, you will:
  • Heighten your sensitivity to the nuances of CNS congenital anomalies, empowering you to provide superior patient care.
  • Engage in stimulating discussions with peers from various specialties, fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation.
  • Ignite your passion for making a difference for individuals affected by CNS congenital anomalies.
Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with like-minded professionals, and drive your enthusiasm for tackling the challenges of CNS congenital anomalies head-on. Register now and be a part of this extraordinary symposium!

Target Audience

This activity is designed for neurosurgeons, neurologists, pediatricians, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to treating central nervous system congenital anomalies.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify congenital anomalies of the central nervous system that remain difficult to treat;
  • List the various tools used to diagnose and treat specific CNS congenital anomalies;
  • Discuss the complexities of living with a CNS congenital anomaly;
  • Describe current research approaches to several common congenital anomalies of the central nervous system.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
MHFP Administrator
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.75 Participation
Event starts: 
05/24/2024 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
05/24/2024 - 2:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
8:00 – 8:45 am
8:45 – 8:50 am
Welcome and Introductions
Bakhtiar Yamini, MD
MHFP Director; Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Chicago
8:50 – 9:40 am
Chiari Surgical Success: Predicting Who Will Benefit
Brandon Rocque, MD, MS, FAANS, FAAP
Professor Department of Neurosurgery  |
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Children’s of Alabama
9:40 – 10:00 am
Overview of MHFP Resources
Ashley Johnson
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 11:05 am
The Brain in Utero: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Intervention
Kristin Baranano, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins
11:05 – 11:15 am
Margaret Hackett Family Greetings (Bill Hackett)
11:15 – 11:35 am
Statistical Analysis to AI for CNS Anomalies
Seif Gholampour
Research Professional II (MHFP)
11:35 to 12:30 pm 
12:30 – 1:15 pm
MHFP Research Consortium Studies Update:
MHFP Study Overview
Bak Yamini, MD (UChicago)
Congenital Brain Tumors
Lissa Baird, MD (Boston Children’s)
Tethered Cord
Tina Sayama, MD, MPH (OHSU)
1:15 – 1:45 pm
Translational Grant Recipients (2023):
One gene encoding two proteins: The Calcium Channel and its C-Terminal Segment
Xiaofei Du, Research Associate Professor (UChicago)
Upregulation of SYNGAP1 Expression in Neurons by Redirecting Alternative Splicing
Runwei Yang MD, Postdoc Associate (UChicago)
1:45 – 2:00 pm
Translational Grant Winners (2024)

*The agenda is subject to change.
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
900 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Attendees can participate in this symposium virtually or in person. For questions, contact the MHFP Administrator via e-mail.

The Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD) is a 330,000 gross square foot, 10-story research facility constructed for Chicago Biomedicine. The Center is a clinical research facility housing wet-bench research for medicine, pediatrics, cancer, genomics, systems biology and related fields.


Visit the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery's website! For more information about the program, contact the MHFP Administrator via e-mail.

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The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
  Professor of Neurological Surgery
  Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology
  Interim Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
  Director, Neurosurgical Oncology

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Participant Credit
Other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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