ADVANCED CLINICAL FUNCTIONAL NEUROANATOMY
One question has driven me my whole career – ‘What is actually happening in the brain of someone with a Neurobehavioral Disorder of any kind?’ And a second question – ‘What is the primary root cause of most mental, physical and emotional disorders?’
The big answer is the same; The Brain! But to actually understand what the root problem is and to address it, you have to specifically be able to identify exactly what specific areas are dysfunctional and how to assess and restore function in those areas. To do all of that you really have to have advanced understanding of functional neuroanatomy. With that focus I have spent the last 2 years creating this course. I believe this is the most advanced functional clinical neuroanatomy program ever developed! Join me for this 5 module class to truly take your knowledge to the next level.
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The focus on timing, coordination and synchronization of networks is where the primary focus of functional connectivity research and treatment is going. All mental health, education and most physical health issues are being shown to be all a result of abnormal functional connectivity that primarily starts during development. There has been an increased focus on Functional Connectivity and its relationship to hemispheric integration, recent research publications and mainstream books have had huge success focusing on lack of hemisphere integration and brain asymmetry as a root cause of most mental health issues. Therefore, to provide the most advanced treatments a Neurotherapy provider must have the most complete understanding of the anatomy and function of the brain and how to functionally measure and treat each area.
Who is This Course Designed For?
Even though I believe anyone can understand and complete this course, this course is not for everyone. This course is directed toward the most elite and experienced clinicians in Neurology, Functional Neurology, Functional Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Neurotherapy.
ABOUT DR. ROBERT MELILLO
Dr. Robert Melillo, MS, DC, PhD(C)DABCN,FACFN,FABCDD, has been helping children overcome learning disabilities for over 30 years. He is also the author of four best-selling books, Disconnected Kids, Reconnected Kids, Disconnected Kids: Nutrition Plan, and Autism. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. He is also an expert in diet, nutrition and neuroimmune disorders in children and adults.
TOPICS FOR EACH MODULE
This course is designed for those with advanced training and knowledge in Neurotherapy, Functional Neurology/Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Clinical Neurology. We will start with a discussion of the unique development and functional connectivity of the human brain. We will discuss the basic principles of functional connectivity including Graph theory, Small world Networks and Hubs, Systems Neuroscience, Tensiometry ,Complexity theory. It will be a complete review of Functional Neuroanatomy especially reviewing development and function of Brain stem nuclei, Cerebellum, Thalamus, Basal Ganglia, Occipital, Temporal, Parietal, Frontal Lobes and Prefrontal Cortex. We will break this down into Broadman areas, discuss anatomy and functions or each area and hemispheric differences. We will discuss All of the major networks including The Visual Network, Default Mode Network, Salience Network, Executive Function Network (fronto-parietal), The Dorsal and Ventral Attention Networks, Limbic Network, Somatic Motor Network. We will also discuss the functional Neuroanatomy and Laterality, and clinical implications of dysfunction of these networks with specific conditions plus how to functionally assess these areas and networks specifically and how to target specific treatment from both a Bottom up and Top down perspective. The Neuroanatomy, generation, development and clinical implications of various brain waves and QEEG measurement of these brainwaves as well plus as usual, there will be plenty of slides, notes, reference papers and text and well as clinical cases and examples.
Functional Neuroanatomy of the cortex, including the six layers of the human brain, the Occipital Lobe, Parietal Lobe, Temporal Lobe, Frontal Lobe, Limbic lobe and Prefrontal Cortex. We will review in detail the specific neuroanatomy of each Brodmann area and its connection to various functional cortical systems. We will review the anatomy and functions of Posterior and Anterior cortex as well as the limbic system, the subicular, Rhinal, and cingulate systems as well as the hippocampus and Amygdala. Each Broadman area specifically broken down by location, function and laterality. We will also discuss in all afferent and efferent connections and the relationship to resonant frequencies in each area.
We will continue in great detail to discuss the Functional Neurophysiology and Neuropathology of each Brodmann area focusing on location, function, lateralization and the relationship to specific functions, functional deficits, clinical symptoms, syndromes and specific localizing exam findings. We will discuss in great detail Brain Asymmetry, Broadman areas and a breakdown of each are into normal and abnormal functions, symptoms and laterality of each area and symptoms. We will then relate all this and all Brodmann areas to specific clinical syndromes including ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Tourettes, Processing Disorders, Language Disorders, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, Immune Disorders, Dysautonomia, Autism and many more .
We will continue with Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology or the cortex and Brodmann areas by now connecting the cortex to the rest of the brain including the brainstem, cerebellum, basal ganglia and the thalamus. We will Discuss the connections of Brodmann area to the direct, indirect and hyperdirect pathway. We will connect this with specific thalamic nuclei and with specific cerebellar connections to the thalamus, basal ganglia, cortex and prefrontal cortex. We will trace the afferent and efferent connections in greater detail and we will discuss where various brainwaves or resonant frequencies originate. This will allow us to discuss the root causes of cortical dysfunction, which will allow us to develop the best and most specific treatment approach.
We will now attempt to put all this functional Neuroanatomy info into a complete clinical model. We will put the whole functional system together we will review ,Systems Neuroscience, Graph Theory, Tensiometry, Complexity Theory. We will look at all Brodmann and subcortical areas and describe each as the relate to specific functional Networks and hubs ,We will discuss the neuroanatomy and function of each network in detail including ,The Visual Network ,Default Mode Network, Salience Network, Executive Function Network ( fronto parietal), The Dorsal and Ventral Attention Networks, Limbic Network, Somatic Motor Network .We will discuss in detail The functional Neuroanatomy and Laterality, as well as clinical implications of dysfunction of these networks with specific conditions. Lastly we review specific examination findings related to Brodmann areas, lobes, subcortical areas and networks. We will also discuss specific objective Functional Testing to quantify and isolate specific functional lesions . We discuss in detail various forms of bottom up and top down , treatment approaches including the most cutting edge brain assessment and stimulation tools
This module takes ALL of the information and helps you put it all together into a complete system that will truly change the way you treat patients. We will look at the functional connections, what they control on each side of the brain and what symptoms can be seen for each area or combination of area. Then we will go over how to treat and improve functions in the areas and how to target functional networks in your therapies and treatment. This module takes the entire course full circle to put everything into context of helping patients daily with all of this information.
This course can be done as a precursor to, along with or after the Fellowship Course in CND. They are very different courses that are designed to be taken separately but yet perfectly complement one another. For Healthcare professionals, Diplomate CE hours will be available for a total of 60 hours for the course.