Is the Prefrontal Cortex the Ultimate Neural Integrator?
At this years ISCN, the premier clinical neuroscience event of the year, Dr. Tomas Stangel will be making the case as to why clinicians need to know how to leverage the power of the prefrontal cortex.
The International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience is thrilled to hear more from Dr. Stangel and other incredible presenters on May 24-26th in Orlando, FL.
For more information and to register for the event, visit ISCN2019.com
– Hello, this is Doctor Jessica Lofgren and we are joined today by Doctor Tomas Stangel. Doctor Stangel, how are you doing today?
– I’m doing very well today, how are you?
– I’m doing great. So we’re so excited to have you here today. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
– Sure, sure, I’ve been practicing clinical neurology for about eighteen years. We use a functional neurology paradigm to treat a large number of conditions. So I’m in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I have a small practice and we see everything from the old to the young, everything in between. We see a lot of different types of cases, and we treat a pretty broad variety of cases, including things like ADHD, up to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, and that is our focus in this area. So we’ve enjoyed a really good success around our clinic, and we’re happy to share it with our community.
– Awesome, awesome, so we brought you on here today because you are speaking at this year’s International Symposium of Clinical Neuroscience. Tell us, what topic did you choose to talk about this year and why.
– I chose to talk about the prefrontal cortex. And the reason for that is simply I felt like it’s been an important application to a lot of neurological conditions that, as humans, we use that system in nearly everything that we do. And for me, I found that it was a, it was involved in a lot of cases early on in my career, and so I felt like it would be important to share this with the people at ISCN and to give ’em a better chance or a better ability to utilize that system as an outcome and treatment for their patients.
– Great, so why is it important for clinicians to have a firm understanding of the prefrontal cortex?
– Yeah, you know, I just alluded to it a little bit before, but essentially it is the fact that the prefrontal system, we are humans, we’re not the beasts of the field, we’re upright moving around, and pretty much every system, neurologically, is integrated into that system. So it’s an integrator in a way that leads to a better motor output for a lot of cases. And so when these doctors that treat neurological conditions make a diagnosis or they figure out what’s going on, it will add to their paradigm, or their ability to treat people with the prefrontal cortex in getting things better overall if they know how to do it and how it works. And so I’m gonna share with them the ability to not only understand it but to how to devise treatment around it and utilize it. It’s a very legitimate ability to make a change in their patients, not only with the assessment but also with their outcomes and treatment for their patients.
– Well, that sounds very exciting. We’re so excited to hear more about your topic this year at the International Symposium of Clinical Neuroscience. If you’d like to hear more about the International Symposium and Doctor Tomas Stangel, please visit our website at ISCN2019.com, and attend the ISCN event, happening May 24th through the 26th in Orlando, Florida. Doctor Stangel, I know you’re a very busy man. Thank you for taking the time to come on here and chat with us today.
– Thank you for having me. I’m really looking forward to doing this at ISCN.