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Biomarkers key focus of Methodist Advances in Neurology conference

Houston, TX - 8/27/2007

Discovering and developing biomarkers that facilitate the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a key focus of many researchers around the world, including those at the Methodist Neurological Institute (NI).

Biomarkers are biochemical features that can be used to measure the progress of disease or the effects of treatment. Researchers and physicians use different types of biomarkers, including molecular, imaging or chemical, to monitor the development and treatment of diseases. This exciting new approach in the field of neuroscience will be the focus of the Methodist NI’s third annual Advances in Neurology conference, Sept. 7-9, at The Houstonian Hotel.

The conference is geared toward neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and physiatrists, as well as other health care professionals and scientists working in the field of neuroscience. Attendees will hear from some of the most highly-regarded experts in the country on topics ranging from developing technologies in the field of neurological rehabilitation; to the latest imaging technology; to current and future therapies in stroke, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and epilepsy.

Additional topics of interest include the role of neurostimulation in the treatment of psychiatric disorders; alternative delivery of medication to the central nervous system; advances in the medical management of epilepsy; and advances in sleep medicine.

For more information on the conference, call (713) 441-4971.

About the Methodist Neurological Institute
The Methodist Neurological Institute (NI) houses the practice and research activities of the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurophysiology and physical medicine & rehabilitation at The Methodist Hospital. The mission of the NI is to advance the discovery of the origins, mechanisms and treatment of neurological disease and to provide comprehensive care for patients with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord.

Methodist is primarily affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Methodist is also affiliated with the University of Houston. Methodist is ranked among the country’s top centers in 14 specialties in U.S News & World Report’s 2007 America’s Best Hospitals issue. Methodist is ranked in more specialties than any other hospital in Texas, and is 9th in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery.

For more on the Methodist Neurological Institute, visit www.methodistneuroinstitute.com, or call (713) 790-3333.