Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD
Speaker at 2015 NABIS Conference
Session Title: Eye Tracking as a Biomarker for Concussive and Structural Brain Injury.
1. To understand that structural and non-structural brain injury are associated with ocular motility disorders such as vergence and accommodation problems.
2. To understand that automated eye tracking can detect palsies of the cranial nerves responsible for ocular motility.
3. To understand that neurologic sequelae of brain injury can be quantitated by assessing ocular motility with automated eye tracking.
Summary: Ocular motility can be assessed by automated eye tracking performed while a subject watches a short film clip continuously playing on a viewing monitor. While normal subjects have intact motility, people with concussive and structural brain injury have quantifiably impaired eye movements. Patterns of impairment inform regarding injury severity and location.
Current Company Affiliation: New York University School of Medicine/VA New York Harbor Healthcare System
Speaker Bio: Uzma Samadani is the Chief of Neurosurgery at the New York Harbor Heath Care System and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at New York University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Physiology & Neuroscience. She serves on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Executive Committee for Trauma and Critical Care and as Scientific Program Chair of the AANS/CNS National Neurotrauma Society Joint Section. Uzma undertook internship and neurosurgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and served as the 2006 Van Wagenen foundation fellow. The Van Wagenen fellowship is one of the most prestigious in neurosurgery with more than one-third of former fellows subsequently becoming chairs of neurosurgical departments. She is the recipient of research grant funding from the VA, National Space and Biomedical Research Institute, American College of Surgeons and AANS. She is the President-Elect of Women in Neurosurgery.