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Aug 17, 2015

1) Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain and 2) Topic of the month: Plenary sessions AAN Meeting April 2015. This podcast for the Neurology Journal begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the print issue of Neurology. In the second segment Dr. Ted Burns interviews Drs. Stephen Nadeau and Gary Franklin about their papers on opioids for chronic non-cancer pain and the policy behind prescribing them. Dr. Adam Numis is reading our e-Pearl of the week about vaccinations and seizures. In the next part of the podcast Dr. Alberto Espay interviews Dr. Virginia Lee about her Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture at the AAN Meeting about the topic of transmission of alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson disease: Pathogenesis and implications for therapy. The participants had nothing to disclose except Drs. Burns, Nadeau, Franklin, Numis, Espay and Lee.Dr. Ted Burns serves as Podcast Editor for Neurology®; and has received research support for consulting activities with CSL Behring and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Dr. Nadeau served on the DSMB for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehab Evaluation, DSMB ; served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society; received honoraria and funding for travel for an International Neuropsychological Society meeting; received funding for travel for an American Neuropsychiatric Association meeting; receives royalties from the publication of the book The Neural Architecture of Grammar ; and receives research support from a VA Rehabilitation R&D Grant and University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust Fund Grant.Dr. Franklin serves as an editorial board member of Neurology® Levels of Evidence Team and Neuroepidemiology; is a consultant for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund and receives research support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Dr. Numis serves on the editorial team for the Neurology® Resident and Fellow Section. Dr. Espay serves as an Associate Editor of Movement Disorders, Frontiers in Movement Disorders and Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders; serves as an editorial board member of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and The European Neurological Journal; receives royalties for publications of books from Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins and from Cambridge University Press; serves on the scientific advisory board for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Abbvie), Chelsea Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Impax Pharmaceuticals, Merz, Pfizer Inc, Solstice Neurosciences, LLC, Eli Lilly and Company, US WorldMeds; is a consultant for Chelsea Therapeutics, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Abbvie); serves on the speakers' bureaus of UCB, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society; receives research support from CleveMed/Great Lakes Neurotechnologies, Michael J. Fox Foundation and the NIH.Dr. Lee serves as an editorial board member of Laboratory Investigation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, NeuroSignals, Neuron, Experimental Neurology, Science Magazine; receives research support from Ware Benaroya and the NIH; receives revenue for the following patent: "Compositions and Methods for Producing and Using Homogeneous Neuronal Cell Transplants" Penn G1120, Patent # 5,792,900.