The Art of Neuroscience

Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, 2018

A CME opportunity unlike any other

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With unique and engaging locations as the backdrop, learn how mindfulness and compassion can reduce physician burnout, and experience firsthand how the brain processes sensory information through music, food, and art. We'll then look into the future of neuroscience through simulation and innovation.

Near Chicago's Magnificent Mile and all the arts and culture Chicago has to offer, explore neuroscience in a hotel that integrates art and science to create a unique environment. Learn about auditory processing through a musical performance at a professional recording studio. Explore the neuroscience behind taste and other senses through a culinary and visual arts experience on a private yacht on Lake Michigan. Later, learn about simulation, innovation and reduction of error in neuroscience.

Cost for attendees is $600 for the entire program, and includes the cost of meals and dinner on the Chicago Elite private yacht on Friday, June 22. Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest to the Friday dinner event for an additional $150. Additional excursions for guests will be available during the meeting.

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Hotel EMC2

228 E. Ontario St., Chicago, Illinois

Hotel EMC2, which bills itself as "the intersection of art & science," is a uniquely engaging space located in one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in one of the country's premiere cities. See photos and learn more about the hotel and its amenities at

Registration at the hotel is independent from registration for the educational event. When you reserve your hotel room, be sure to indicate you are with the medical educational event. Use the link below to book your room. The special rate for attendees is $259 per night.

Hotel registrations must be made by June 5.

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This event takes the physician through a thoughtful discussion of factors that impact work-life balance and career satisfaction, teaches some tools to practice mindfulness and focus, then applies those practices through sensory experiences of music, food, wine and art. Attendees then explore the concepts of diagnostic error and the use of simulation and innovation to reduce error and improve diagnostic and treatment accuracy. A final discussion brings together the concepts of mindfulness and focus, compassion and optimization of performance in both the professional and personal settings for physicians.

  • Welcome Lunch

    Hotel EMC2

  • Mindfulness and Compassion for Physicians

    Hotel EMC2

    Tony Avellino, MD, Jay Clore, PhD, Bento Soares, PhD, and Sarah Zallek, MD

    Identify the problems of physician burnout, shortages and stressors among neurologists and neurosurgeons. Incorporate key elements of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), including techniques for mindfulness and mental focus, with short demonstrations of the practice of meditation.

  • Auditory Neuroscience: a Music Experience

    Chicago Recording Company

    Jeffrey Brown, M3, Juilliard School of Music Graduate

    Explore the neurophysiology of auditory processing through musical performance by Jeffrey Brown, pianist, and others.

  • Evening Cruise

    Chicago Elite, private yacht

    Spend the evening cruising on Lake Michigan overlooking the spectacular architecture of Chicago. Enjoy the summer evening outdoors on the open-air roof deck, and be seated comfortably indoors for the dining and educational experiences listed below. Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest to the Friday dinner event for an additional $150.

    Sensory Neuroscience: an Exploration through Food and Drink

    Eleonora Zakharian, PhD

    Experience a culinary tour of the neuroscience of taste, touch, sight, and smell, which incorporates some of the newly taught mental focus techniques with a special tasting of food, wine, and spirits.

    Deficits with Benefits

    Oren Kalus, MD

    Learn about some of the interesting neurological deficits that contributed to the work of well-known artists, such as Chuck Close and Alberto Giacometti.

  • Vertigo: Pearls and Pitfalls

    Jorge Kattah, MD and Ali Tehrani, MD

    Learn a practical approach to the symptom of vertigo, how to distinguish central from peripheral vestibular causes, and minimize diagnostic error. Examine the critical importance of interventional therapies that can lead to full recovery in correctly identified patients.

    Simulation, Innovation, and the Reduction of Diagnostic Error

    Hotel EMC2

    John Vozenilek, MD and Chris Zallek, MD

    Explore how simulation is leading to changes in the way we teach and learn neuroscience, and how biomedical engineering is helping standardize and quantify the neurological examination.

    Optimizing Performance In and Out of the OR

    David Hanscom, MD

    Learn a multifaceted approach to maintaining consistently excellent performance as a physician while maintaining effective work-life balance. This section will incorporate principles of mindfulness, athletic training, team building and more.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how physician stress and burnout relate to physician well-being and patient outcomes.
  2. Practice mindfulness, compassion, and meditation skills to increase mental focus in the workplace and non-workplace settings.
  3. Identify factors that contribute to diagnostic error and apply principles to limit them in practice.
  4. Describe how simulation and innovation can contribute to improved diagnostic accuracy.


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Tony Avellino, MD, MBA

Assistant Provost for Student Wellness, Health & Safety

Michigan State University HealthTeam Chief Medical Officer

Tenured Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Human Development Michigan State University

Former OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute CEO

Bento Soares, PhD

Professor and Head of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology

Senior Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Instructor, Cognitively Based Compassion Training

Jeffrey Brown

M3, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

B.A. Columbia University Graduate

Julliard School of Music

Eleonora Zakharian, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Oren Kalus, MD

Psychiatrist, Hudson Valley, NY

Medical Director, Assertive Community Treatment program, Kingston NY

John Vozenilek, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Jump Simulation, an OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria collaboration

Duane and Mary Cullinan Professor in Simulation Outcomes, University of Illinois

Chris Zallek, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Biomedical Investigator, Jump Simulation

Jorge Kattah, MD

Professor and Head of Department of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Ali Tehrani, MD

Neuro-ophthalmology Fellow, Harvard University

David Hanscom, MD

Spine Surgeon, Swedish Hospital, Seattle, Washington

Author, Back in Control: A Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain

Sarah Zallek, MD

OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute Physician Director of Strategy, Communication and Education

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Jay Clore, PhD

Associate Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Instructor, Cognitively Based Compassion Training


Chicago is known for its architecture, history, art, and much more! Here are several excursions your companions might enjoy while you attend the conference. Or, go together when the conference ends by noon on Saturday.

This activity is jointly provided by The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute. The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.