Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

September Meeting

September 19th, 2017. (Always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months.)


8:00 PM: The Reversible Dementia, iNPH (Idiopathic Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus), or Adult Onset Hydrocephalus

Why should you care? Prevalence: 0.2% in 70-79 age group, 5.9% in over-80 age group. Six people out of 100! No sex discrimination. The median age for onset is 75. You’re right in that age window. It’s an insidious cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) disorder of unknown origin. Too few U.S. physicians recognize the symptoms. The American Academy of Neurology in a March, 2014, report, stated there are over 2 million cases in Europe and over 700,000 in the US, most not yet detected and so are not being treated. Anecdotal evidence from Asia indicates similar statistics, but because the Asian diagnostic criteria differ from the US-European model, statistical comparisons are difficult.

Around 10% of all nursing-home patients diagnosed with age-related or other dementia actually have undetected, reversible iNPH. Untreated, the victims will likely decline and die. We’ll address what it is, how to recognize it, what can be done for a person afflicted, and how YOU can help. You’ll see “before” and “after” videos of properly diagnosed and treated patients with their lives restored.

About the speaker

Stan White, Ph.D., your Sigma Xi OC Chapter’s founding president, self-diagnosed his own iNPH in 2007, which was confirmed as a UCLA in-patient, and he opted for a CSF drain line (with a magnetically programmable pressure-regulator valve) from his brain to his heart, aka ventriculoatrial shunt. That was ten years ago. His recovery was dramatic: 90% occurred in the first week, 95% within a year. Minor residual damage remains (e.g, balance, upper/lower-body coordination, slowed ambulation), and now we’re moving into the muddy mix of separating iNPH and senescence.

He’s is a Support Program Volunteer and national patient peer counselor for the Hydrocephalus Association, with a decade of personal experience as an iNPH patient and clinical-trial volunteer patient. He has counseled with a myriad of iNPH patients and their family members at all stages of the condition. He’s also a clinical volunteer and the Clinical Volunteer Chairman in Mission Hospital Medical Center’s Cardiac Telemetry Unit.

Formerly he was an aerospace engineer (GM, NAA/Rockwell and SPACECorp) for 47 years, an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at both UCI and UCLA for over 30 years and an Engineering and Mathematics faculty member at Purdue University for 5 years.

Social ½ Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. New York Salad sliced New York sirloin, California avocados, sliced red onion, beefsteak tomato, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and cabernet wine vinaigrette, sliced berries and fruit compote, warm dinner rolls with creamery butter, chef’s choice desert, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, as well as both iced and hot tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, September 15th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door. There is no charge for attending the lecture only but please RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Dinner with no RSVP is $10 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.