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Virtual Mini-Conferences

December 14th, 2020

We will be hosting a total of five virtual mini-conferences to cover the topics that were planned for our in-person conference.

Our third Virtual Mini-Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT. The theme will be Sports & Narcolepsy: Learn How to Thrive.

Looking for our past webinar presentations? Check out our YouTube channel or this page.

Sessions will include:

Involuntary Muscle Loss: A Deeper Dive into Cataplexy Followed by a Live Q&A with Dr. Chad Ruoff

This session will review general symptoms of narcolepsy and then delve into nuances of cataplexy, ranging from pathophysiology, typical and atypical cataplexy, and if, when, and how to treat cataplexy. 

Presenter: Chad Ruoff, MD majored in Biology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2000. He graduated medical school from Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio in 2007. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 2010. He went on to complete his Fellowship in Sleep Medicine in 2011 from Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California where he remained on faculty until 2016. During his tenure at Stanford, he served as the Associate Program Director of the sleep fellowship program for several years. He was involved in pharmaceutical research studies as well as investigator-initiated research studies. He then practiced Sleep and Obesity Medicine with Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills in Woodland Hills, California until joining Mayo Clinic in Arizona as a Senior Associate Consultant in Sleep Medicine in 2020.

Dr. Ruoff enjoys mentoring and educating medical students and residents interested in learning more about sleep disorders, hypersomnia/narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Dr. Ruoff has authored and co-authored numerous publications on various topics within sleep medicine including sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Train With Kele, followed by a live Q&A

During this session, Coach Kele will take us through a full-body bodyweight workout to release tension, build strength, and feel good. The class will start with a dynamic warm-up and gradually build up to two strength supersets. Beginner or advanced are welcome to join!

Presenter: Coach Brandon Kele is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist who has worked in some of the top facilities throughout the United States. His passion for health and fitness is rooted in having narcolepsy with cataplexy. Brandon helps professionals balance their energy and lifestyle so they can look good and feel electric!

Comedy Show with Jill Kimmel

Narcolepsy and Sports Panel

Panelists, featuring Emily Kreuziger, Nicole Jeray, Phoebe Wang, and Dayyan Lee, will take questions about what it is like to be involved with sports and have narcolepsy. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Luis Ortiz.

Raising Awareness and Funds for Narcolepsy Network

Do you want to start your own fundraiser for Narcolepsy Network? Emily Kreuziger, who is currently running her own fundraiser, will explain how to go about raising funds for Narcolepsy Network.

Presenter: Emily was diagnosed with narcolepsy at the age of 22. She began snowmobile racing in 2014 alongside her husband, Joel. Snowmobile racing became a way to escape narcolepsy’s symptoms, even for a little bit.

An Encore Presentation of Dr. Ruoff’s Session Followed by a Live Q&A

Special thanks to our sponsors of our Virtual Mini-Conference!

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Date Created: December 14th, 2020
Last Updated: January 13th, 2021