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Future Perspectives in SMA Management - Current and Emerging Strategies

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CME Live Symposium

Friday, October 6, 2017

12:30- 1:45 PM

Sheraton Crown Center
Empire B Room
2345 McGee St
Kansas City, MO, USA


John Day, MD
Stanford Neuroscience Health Center
Stanford, CA, USA
Thomas Crawford, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA
Russell Butterfield, MD
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA


During this symposium, we will provide an overview of the genetics and biology of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and address the importance of early diagnosis and accurate classification; this will include the use of gene profiling and a review of the standard of care, illustrated with selected patient case presentations. We will discuss unmet needs in SMA management and examine the emerging treatment landscape based on the latest scientific data. Using interactive plenary discussions, our expert panel will encourage the exchange of views and opinions on the rapidly evolving SMA treatment landscape.


This scientific session will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 pm and will include presentations on:

  • From SMN1 disruption to SMA: genetics, biology, and diagnosis
  • Natural history of SMA
  • Standard of care in SMA
  • The evolving SMA treatment landscape: shaping the future


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to do the following:

  1. Recommend SMA gene profiling prior to other testing as the most efficient means of diagnosing SMA
  2. Classify SMA type when evaluating patients, based on neurological examination and gene profiling
  3. Select and appropriately use the standardized assessment tools/tests to monitor for clinical changes in patients with SMA
  4. List key unmet needs in the management of SMA and how these gaps are being addressed with novel treatments
  5. Describe the benefits of the first treatment approved for the management of SMA
  6. Identify possible roles of other treatments currently in development, and identify patients who would most probably benefit from these therapies
  7. Develop a comprehensive care plan with parents and patients, in close cooperation with neurologists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and other members of the multidisciplinary team

CME Credit (Physicians)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Excerpta Medica. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of health care professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of patients with SMA.


There is no registration fee for attending this symposium. Pre-registration does not guarantee seating. Arrive early—seating is limited!


Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (physical, dietary, etc.). Please contact Excerpta Medica prior to the live event.


This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Biogen.


Jointly provided by the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Excerpta Medica.

EVENT DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017

Starts: 12:30 PM

Ends: 1:45 PM


Sheraton Crown Center
Empire B Room
2345 McGee St
Kansas City, MO, USA

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.25 Non-physician
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Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.25 Non-physician

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