Zoobiquity: Neurology and Psychiatry Conference


Friday, October 21, 2016



NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue
Alumni Hall, Classroom B
New York, NY 10016

Course Brochure

Register Online*

Register Via Fax*

*After 12 pm on October 19, 2016, only onsite registration is available, provided the course has not reached capacity. Onsite registrants will incur an additional $20 fee. Registration is non-transferable.



(Deadline: August 26th at 8:00PM EST)

Course Directors

Orrin Devinsky, MD
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Alexander J. Travis, VMD, PhD


Course Fees

Full Fee: $350
Reduced*: $275
Students/Clinical Residents/Fellows: $85
NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran Psych. Faculty, Residents & Fellows**: Waived
NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran Neurology Faculty, Residents & Fellows**: Waived

*Reduced fee applies to NYU School of Medicine and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff, alumni, former residents and fellows; physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; full-time active military personnel; retired physicians; and all other non-physician healthcare professionals.

**Must provide a valid NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran ID. 

Target Audience

Neurologists, veterinary neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technicians, nurses, neurobiologists and neuroscientists, and clinical trainees

Course Description

Comparative medicine once occupied a primary position in medical thought and education. Today, although the spectrum of clinical illness in humans and non-human animals overlaps tremendously, veterinary and human clinicians operate in largely separate professional silos. Zoobiquity, a term coined by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, describes a new, species-spanning approach to health and disease that draws on expertise from veterinary medicine, human medicine, and evolutionary biology. The Zoobiquity Neurology & Psychiatry Conference, the first specialty-oriented conference in a national conference series, will create relationships and exchange of knowledge between human and veterinary colleagues confronted with similar clinical challenges.

Statement of Need

Clinicians and researchers who study human epilepsy are often unaware of clinical observations and research findings from the veterinarian field. Specifically, understanding the neurophysiological changes that precede seizures and may allow prediction or early identification of seizures in animals could translate into better therapies for patients with epilepsy. Clinicians who care for patients with anxiety and obsessions as well as researchers who study these clinical disorders are often unaware of relevant data from veterinary medicine. Understanding clinical examples of anxiety disorders and compulsions in animals can inform our understanding and modeling of human disorders. Clinicians who care for adults with cognitive decline syndromes due to neurodegenerative disorders as well as researchers who study these human disorders are often unaware of clinical observations and research findings from the field of veterinary medicine.

There is a need to increase awareness of how animal disorders can inform our understanding of human cognitive decline syndromes. Clinicians and researchers who care for and study patients with autism spectrum disorders can benefit from a deeper understanding of animal models of autism, and how these models can help to inform our understanding of pathophysiology and the development of novel therapies. Clinicians and researchers who care for and study Parkinson’s disease often have limited knowledge of animal disorders that mimic this neurodegenerative movement disorder. A deeper understanding of the non-human animal disorders that overlap with Parkinson’s disease, as well how the human disorder relates to the animal disorder, can enhance understanding of pathophysiology and therapy. Clinicians and researchers who care for and study patients with pain disorders can gain insights into the mechanisms that underlie pain disorders as well as potential models to assess and treat pain by a deeper understanding of spontaneous animal pain syndromes and their treatment.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define approaches to seizure prediction in animals and humans and other animal species
  • Describe the mechanisms that cause anxiety and compulsions
  • Recognize and assess cognitive decline syndromes in humans
  • Define the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and Parkinson’s disease
  • Identify the pathophysiology of pain syndromes and formulate treatment plans

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Evolutionary Medicine Program at UCLA. The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements

Continuing Medical Education
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York State Continuing Education Credit
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is an approved New York State continuing education sponsor. The Zoobiquity Neurology and Psychiatry Conference has been submitted for 7.25 hours of continuing education credit (approval pending) for veterinarians attending this conference.

Registry of Approved Continuing Education Credit (RACE)
This conference has been submitted (approval pending) for 7.25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some state veterinary boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on methods of delivery of continuing education.

Refund Policy

In order to request a refund, you must email maria.mercado@nyumc.org no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the course. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. 

Course Cancellation Policy

If a course is cancelled due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment, or any other reason, NYU PGMS will refund registration fees in full. NYU PGMS will provide at least two weeks’ advance notice if cancelling due to insufficient enrollment and as soon as possible in all other circumstances. NYU PGMS is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other non-cancellable costs incurred by the registrant.