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2016 ANAC Symposium / AGM Toronto, Ontario



Registrant Fees
Member: $150,  Non Member: $190,  Accompanying Spouse / Friend: $105.00,  
Student: $75.00,  Webcast: $80.00

If you can’t join us in person, sign up for the live webcast anywhere from across North America.
All participants in person and/ or joining by webcast will be notified and have access to the taped sessions following the symposium.
The Canadian Hearing Society will provide Carting/close captioning (transcription of speech to text in real-time, projected onto a large screen) for all sessions.


ANAC has arranged with the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 475 Yonge Street, Toronto (at College Street), a block of rooms for symposium delegates at a special rate of $169 single/double per night.

Reservations must be made prior to Tuesday May 3, 2016. After this date the hotel will accept reservations at the group rate on a space and rate availability basis.
Delegates are responsible to make their own reservations via telephone, (416) 924-0611 or 1-800-847-5075. Please refer to "2016 ANAC Symposium” to obtain  the special rate.

Transportation to BMO Education & Education Centre at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH)
· Take College St. streetcar westbound to Bathurst Street  (approx. 10 minutes) TWH is a short walk south on Bathurst St.
· Take Dundas St. streetcar westbound to Bathurst Street  (approx. 10 minutes) TWH is at corner of Bathurst/Dundas


· Parking is available at TWH (corner of Bathurst & Nassau) and Fell Pavilion (enter on Bathurst) lots, at $6.00 for the day on Saturday

Questions? Call the ANAC National Office at 1-800-561-2622 or email us


The 2016 ANAC symposium is designed to provide current management and treatment options and how to best manage long-term symptoms of acoustic neuromas. Our ultimate goal is to provide an educational experience for patients, families and health care professionals led by leaders in the field to the care of those affected by an acoustic neuroma. This forum provides an opportunity to network with faculty and participants to share tips and experiences. New this year is the ability to participate online through a live webcast.


7.45 AM           Registration & Continental Breakfast
8.00 AM           Welcome & Opening Remarks                       
                          Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD, FRCS(C), FAANS, Wilkins Family Chair in Brain
                        Tumor Research, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery Department,
                        University of Toronto &Medical Director, ANAC
                         Rex Banks, Doctor of Audiology / Director of Audiology, Canadian Hearing
                        Society, & Vice President, Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada
MODERATOR Farhad Pirouzmand
8.10 AM           Natural History of Acoustic Neuromas: Its Mystery & Impact
                        John Rutka, MD, FRCSC; Professor, University of Toronto & Co-director
                        of the UHN Center for Advanced Hearing and Balance Testing &
                        Multidisciplinary Clinic
Division of Neurosurgery
8.30 AM            Decision Making: Treatment Options for Acoustic Neuromas
                         Jörg-Christian Tonn, MD; Director of the Department of Neurosurgery,
                         University Clinic & Professor of Neurosurgery at the Department of
                         Neurosurgery of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich-Großhadern
8.50 AM           The Big Question: Surgical Treatment Options
                         Ivan Radovanovic, MD, PhD, FMH; Scientist, Toronto Western Research
                         Institute, UHN & Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
9.10 AM           What You Need to Know About Surgical Approach
                         Michael Tymianski, MD, PhD, FRCSC; Chair, Division of Neurosurgery,
                        Toronto Western Hospital, Medical Director, Neurovascular Therapeutics
                        Program, UHN & Professor, Departments of Surgery and Physiology,
                        University of Toronto
9.30 AM            Special Considerations for Repeat Surgery
                         Sal DiMaio, MD, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Assistant Professor,
                         Neurosurgery & Associate Oncology, McGill University
9:50 AM            Question and Answer Period

10.00 AM          Networking & Nutritional Break
MODERATOR  Gelareh Zadeh

10.20 AM          Expanding the Role of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery to Larger
                         Vestibular Schwannomas

                         David Mathieu, MD FRCS(C); Director of the Division of Neurosurgery
                         and Medical Director of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Centre Hospitalier
                         Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery,
                         Université de Sherbrooke

10.40 AM          What You Need to Know about Fractionated Radiation Therapy
                         David Roberge, MD; Head, Radiation Oncology, Centre Hospital,
                         University of Montreal, Adjunct Professor Department of Oncology,
                         Mc Gill University

11.00 AM          Combination of Microsurgery and Radiosurgery: Could Adaptive
                         Hybrid Surgery Change the Way for Treating Acoustic Neuromas?

                         Jörg-Christian Tonn MD; Director of the Department of Neurosurgery,
                         University Clinic & Professor of Neurosurgery at the Department of
                         Neurosurgery of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich-Großhadern

11:20 AM         Question and Answer Period
11.30 AM          LUNCH
MODERATOR  Gelareh Zadeh
12.30 PM          Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Panel
                         Dr. David Mathieu, Dr. Tamara Mijovic, Dr. David Roberge,
                         Dr. Ivan Radovanovic, Dr. John Rutka, , Dr. Jörg-Christian Tonn,
                         Dr. Michael Tymianski chaired by Dr Farhad Pirouzmand
                         & Dr. Alireza Mansouri
2.00 PM            Restoration of Hearing: BICROS & CROS Technology
                         Jennifer Mulle, MSc. Audiologist, Unitron Canada
2.30 PM            Quality of Life of Large Acoustic Schwannomas
                          Madza Turel, MD, Fellow, Division of Neurosurgery Toronto Western

2.50 PM             Rehabilitation Postoperatively & Management of Vertigo
                         Tamara Mijovic, MD, Montreal Jewish Hospital, McGill University
3.10 PM            Auditory Brainstem Implant: Realities & Canadian Options
                         Dr. Farhad Pirouzmand, MD, FRCSC & Dr. Alireza Mansouri, MD,
                         Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
3.30 PM            Networking & Nutritional Break
3.45 PM             How Balance & Vestibular Rehabilitation Plays a Role?
                          Robynne Smith, Physiotherapist and Patient, Saskatoon
4.05 PM            Therapeutic Targets for Acoustic Neuromas
                         Sameer Agnihotri, PhD; University Health Network
4.25 PM             Clinical Trials for Acoustic Neuromas  
                          Catherine Maurice, MD, Neurologist & Neuro-Oncologist, Brain Clinic,
                          University Health Network
4.45 PM             Discussion & Concluding Remarks
                          Gelareh Zadeh, MD; and Rex Banks, Vice President, ANAC