Conference Agenda

Join us at the First West Coast Pituitary Patient Gathering – Sponsored by Pituitary World News and the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

Our conference agenda is based on inquiries made by patients, both in the clinics and also via pituitary world news, and is designed to be comprehensive and oriented towards patients and their families.  In the main hall, we will have a series of presentations. The morning session is flexible with concurrent small group sessions that one may choose to attend. The afternoon session is designed to be attended by all participants.

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We have several concurrent sessions in our breakout rooms while the main conference is going.  You are free to attend these at will, moving in and out form one to the other as you desire. Highlights of these sessions include presentations by Linda Rio, a world-renowned author, and marriage and family therapist, who will be on hand to discuss the emotional and mental health aspects of pituitary disorders. We will also have the support team at UCSF on hand to discuss navigating prescriptions and authorizations for injectable drugs. Lastly, the UCSF team of an endocrinologist and neurosurgeons will be delivering short presentations followed by ample time to ask your questions and have them answered in a group setting.

We will have five different breakout sessions in the afternoon where we will discuss various issues pertaining to healthcare for patients with pituitary disorders. The sessions will give you a chance to have a voice and to make a real difference.  Group findings and attitudes will be presented to the large audience for further discussion and refinement.  Reports and other materials will be developed to communicate our conclusions to the public.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion on the various approaches to pituitary surgery including the endonasal microscopic and the endoscopic procedures.
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Conference Agenda 

8:00 AM registration and continental breakfast
8:30   Introductions and general remarks by Lewis Blevins and Jorge Faccinetti.
8:45 to 9:15 Manish Aghi – Clinical symptoms and signs of pituitary adenomas
9:15 to 9:45 Lewis Blevins – Hypopituitarism
9:45 to 10:00. Break
10:00 to 10:30 Sandeep Kunwar-Expectations and outcomes of surgery for pituitary disorders
10:30 to 11: 00  Philip Theodosopoulos- Endoscopic pituitary surgery
11:00 to 11:30  Tarun Arora- Introduction to MRI for patients
11:30 to 12:00  Philip Theodosopoulos- Radiotherapy for pituitary adenomas
12:00 to 1:00   Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 Lewis Blevins- An interview with a patient
1:30 to 2:00  Sandeep Kunwar- An interview with a patient.
2:00 to 3:00 Small group sessions
3:00 to 3:15  Break
3:15 to 4:00 Presentation of group findings and discussion.
4:00 to 5:00  Microscopic endonasal transphenoidal surgery versus endoscopic transphenoidal surgery for pituitary disorders.  Moderator- Lewis Blevins.  Participants including Jorge Faccinetti, Philip Theodosopoulos, Manish Aghi and Sandeep Kunwar.
Concurrent Group Sessions
8:45 to 9:45
Sandeep Kunwar- What to expect as you navigate the process of surgery
Nurse- Navigating the process of new prescription and refill pre-authorization for growth hormone and other injectable drugs
Linda Rio- Emotional and mental health issues in patients with pituitary disorders
Tarun Arora- Management of nonfunctional pituitary adenomas
10:00 to 11:00
Manish Aghi- Management of Cushing’s syndrome
Lewis Blevins- Diabetes Insipidus
Nurse- Navigating new prescription and refill pre-authorization for growth hormone and other injectable drugs
Linda Rio- Emotional and mental health issues in patients with pituitary disorders
11:00 to 12:00
Lewis Blevins- Medical management of acromegaly
Manish Aghi- Long term follow-up of pituitary patients
Sandeep Kunwar- Management of Prolactinomas
Linda Rio- Emotional and mental health issues in patients with pituitary disorders

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