CCSVI Video Gallery
CCSVI Alliance Interviews Mr. Ray Crallé
Mr. Ray Crallé, nationally recognized physical therapist, covers the physiology and rehabilitation of two symptomatic challenges for people with MS – gait disturbance and balance. As CCSVI Alliance has noted in its Aftercare Section, physical activity is one of the long term strategies we suggest to maximize brain health. This recommendation has been confirmed by numerous research studies which validate that physical activity is good for the heart and the brain (Indiana University, BMC Neurology Journal, Physical Therapy). Ray Crallé, using therapy techniques developed by Margaret Rood and Sir Charles Sharrington, elicits responses through the nervous system versus concentrating on exercising muscles. In this interview, Mr Crallé discusses the physiology of spasticity and spastic plantar flexion (incorrectly termed foot drop in many MS patients), vestibular balance (which can have an effect on cerebral blood flow) and the bio-mechanics of gait disturbance. Before starting any type of new physical activity or therapy, please check with your healthcare provider.
CCSVI Alliance Educational Event:
2013 Doctors' Roundtable: Exploring CCSVI & CSF in Neurological Disease
CCSVI Alliance's 3rd Annual Satellite Symposia at the Society of Interventional Radiology* explored the connections between CCSVI and CSF in neurological disease. Leading medical and scientific professionals discussed current key questions and concerns related to CCSVI and CSF in neurological disease.
Question & Answer with Panel
Dr. Bulent Arslan moderates a Q&A session about CCSVI, its treatment and its connection to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Panel members include Dr. Meredith Englander, Dr. Salvatore Sclafani, Dr. Jerry Niedwiecki, and Dr. Scott Rosa.
Observations at the Cranio-Cervical Junction, CTE and Observations of CSF
Dr. Scott Rosa has been working as a chiropractic physician for over 25 years. During his years of observational study, he became aware of the pathological CNS damage due to disrupted cerebrospinal fluid flow and arterial/venous flow. In this presentation, Dr. Rosa refers briefly to his extensive research on the effect of acute and chronic trauma at the upper neck and lower skull, and presents his observations of the cranio-cervical junction, CTE, and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.
Causes of Non-Response to Interventional Treatment of CCSVI
Dr. Salvatore Sclafani discusses possible causes of non-responses and early reoccurrence to interventional treatment of CCSVI. Dr. Sclafani treated his first CCSVI patient in 2009, and since then has dedicated his career to education and research about this syndrome. Dr. Sclafani is Emeritus Professor and former Chairman of Radiology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical School. He is also a founding member of the International Society of Neurovascular Disease (ISNVD).
What I Know About CCSVI
Meredith Englander, MD of the Albany Medical Center discusses what she knows about CCSVI. The Albany Medical Center has treated hundreds of patients for CCSVI. Hear Dr. Englander's observations from the last several years and why she thinks further research into CCSVI is important.
* This event was not considered part of the SIR 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting as planned by the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting Committee.
2012 Doctors' Roundtable Discussion: CCSVI and MS
CCSVI Alliance hosted its second annual Doctors' Roundtable Discussion on March 27, 2012 in San Francisco. The Roundtable featured many notable interventional radiologists and several leading MS neurologists. Exclusive recordings of the various presentations are featured below:
Dr. Bulent Arslan presents an overview of CCSVI, compares it to other vascular diseases, and shares some of his personal observations and experiences.
CCSVI Interdisciplinary Research
Dr. Michael Dake moderates a discussion with MS neurologists, Dr. Jack Burks and Dr. Douglas Goodin, about interdisciplinary research of CCSVI.
CCSVI Research - Past, Current, Future
Dr. Gary Siskin, a leading CCSVI researcher, presents an overview of CCSVI research to date and highlights the need for randomized, blinded trials to evaluate the effectiveness of angioplasty to treat CCSVI in MS patients.
Question & Answer with Panel
Dr. Michael Dake moderates a Q&A with interventional radiologists, MS neurologists, and the audience. Panel members include Dr. Gary Siskin, Dr. Jack Burks, Dr. Douglas Goodin, Dr. James McGuckin, and Dr. Bulent Arslan.
CCSVI – What Do We Need to Learn About the Vascular Component of Multiple Sclerosis?
In October 2011 CCSVI Alliance hosted an educational event in Las Vegas with a multidisciplinary panel, including Dr. Michael Dake, Dr. Manish Mehta, Dr. Raymond Sheehan, Dr. John Oh, and David Utriainen, an imaging specialist. The panel addressed a variety of topics related to CCSVI including recent research, the role of iron and blood flow, and the perspectives of patients and doctors. There was also a substantial Q&A period. We have broken the evening's presentations into the four following videos:
- "Bridging the Gap between Patients and Doctors" by Dr. Raymond Shaheen
- "CCSVI Research" presented by Dr. Manish Mehta
- "Q&A" with panelists Dr. Michael Dake, Dr. Manish Mehta, Dr. John Oh, Dr. Raymond Shaheen and David Utriainen
Dr. Zamboni's CCSVI Review of 2011
Paolo Zamboni, MD, vascular surgeon and Director of the Vascular Diseases Center at the University of Ferrara, reviews the CCSVI research during 2011 and describes promising new developments for the future. Filmed at the 2nd Annual International Society for NeuroVascular Disease (ISNVD) Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in February 2012.
An Interventioal Radiologist's Update on CCSVI
Bulent Arslan, MD, Director of Interventional Radiology at Rush University Hospital, reviews developments in CCSVI over the past year and the need for further research. Filmed at the 2nd Annual International Society for NeuroVascular Disease (ISNVD) Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in February 2012.
Neurologist and Interventional Radiologist Discuss CCSVI Research
Neurologist Robert Fox, MD of the Cleveland Clinic and interventional radiologist Michael Dake, MD of Stanford Medical Center discuss recent CCSVI research. Filmed at the 2nd Annual International Society for NeuroVascular Disease (ISNVD) Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in February 2012.
MS Neurologists on CCSVI and MS
CCSVI Alliance presents a discussion on CCSVI and MS with neurologists Jack Burks, MSAA Chief Medical Officer, and Mark Cascione, Medical Director of the South Tampa MS Center.
Filmed at the 2011 CCSVI Alliance educational event in Tampa, Florida.
Introduction to CCSVI
Dr. Gary Siskin presents an informative and entertaining overview of CCSVI, recent research findings, and common questions that MS patients raise. As Dr. Siskin emphasizes, we are still in the early stages of understanding CCSVI and ongoing research is critical to finding answers to the many questions that are outstanding.
CCSVI and MS: A Doctors' Roundtable Discussion
CCSVI Alliance presents a roundtable discussion with many of the world's leading CCSVI researchers and physicians.
Filmed at the 2011 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) conference in Chicago, the roundtable discusses critical CCSVI topics, including CCSVI treatment effectiveness, the cause of CCSVI, the link between CCSVI and MS, and the future of CCSVI treatment.
Moderated by Dr. Michael Dake, the roundtable included Drs. Bulent Arslan, Gary Siskin, Avertano Noronha, Ziv Haskal, E. Mark Haacke, Lindsay Machan, Salvatore Sclafani, and Donald Ponec.
Talking Shop: Experiences Treating CCSVI
CCSVI Allliance presents Dr. Gary Siskin, Chief of Radiology, Albany Medical Center.
Dr. Siskin, whose team has treated over 500 CCSVI patients, provides fascinating insight into the types of venous abnormalities he's seeing in MS patients, the effects of treatment, and his thoughts on the future of CCSVI.
Neurologists and Vascular Specialists Working Together
CCSVI Alliance President Sharon Richardson facilitated a discussion between Dr. Paolo Zamboni, originator of the CCSVI hypothesis, and Dr. Jack Burks, prominent MS neurologist. Recorded on January 17, 2011, at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), in Miami Beach, Florida. Enjoy this CCSVI Alliance exclusive video.
The Connection between CCSVI and MS
"In my view, venous obstruction is a promoter for MS, like many other things are promoters for MS .... but what has people excited (about CCSVI) is that this promoter is reversible." - Dr. Michael Dake, Stanford University
CCSVI Alliance's first educational event, "MS and the CCSVI Connection: What do we know? What don't we know? Where do we go from here?," was held January 10, 2011 at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, with Dr. Michael Dake, Stanford University School of Medicine. A large crowd from all different backgrounds (patients and professionals; supporters and skeptics) listened to Dr. Dake's presentation and participated in an active Q & A. Here are the highlights.
Dr. Manish Mehta and Dr. Michael Dake discuss CCSVI Clinical Trials and Treatment
In the videos below, Dr. Michael Dake, the first physician treating CCSVI in the US, talks about what he's learning from his early patients. Dr. Manish Mehta, a vascular surgeon, talks about bold new directions in CCSVI treatment. Recorded at the Albany Vascular Roundtable, November 10, 2010.
Dr E. Mark Haacke and Dr. David Hubbard Discussing CCSVI
Below is a CCSVI Alliance exclusive video featuring Dr. Mark Haacke and Dr. David Hubbard discussing the Haacke protocol for imaging CCSVI. Filmed by Alliance Board member Joan Beal on September 21, 2010.
"I was the first skeptical neurologist"
Click below to hear excerpts from an exclusive interview with Italian neurologist Dr. Fabrizio Salvi, a member of Dr. Zamboni's research team, or click here to read the complete transcript.
The animation below shows how stenosis in veins draining the central nervous system can cause CCSVI. This animation was provided by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, originator of the CCSVI hypothesis.