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Neuroscience/Brain

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MCW and CHW on the front lines of concussion research

July 29 - A story on WUWM-FM explores the increase in concussion in children nationwide, and prevention, treatment and research around youth concussion. Kevin Walter, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine program at Children’s Hospital, was interviewed for the story. WUWM-FM

Dr. Pintar Discusses Research on Angled Front/Side Impact Crashes

July 29 - In an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report, Frank Pintar, PhD discusses research in MCW’s Vehicle Crashworthiness Lab at the Zablocki VA Medical Center on angled front/side impact crashes. The report notes that MCW research has contributed to the development of side, curtain, and knee airbags in automobiles. Dr. David Milia discusses the types of injuries created by angled crashes that are treated at the Children’s and Froedtert Trauma Centers. WISN

NIH Awards $2.6 Million Grant to Study Effects of Stress in Drug Addiction Relapse

June 30 - Cecilia Hillard, PhD is co-principal investigator of a $2.6 million NIH grant awarded to John Mantsch, PhD, of Marquette University. The joint MCW/Marquette study will investigate the effects of stress in drug addiction relapse. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and GM Today

Dr. Walter Says Major Problem with Pediatric Sports Lack of Self-Reporting

June 25 - In an article in OnMilwaukee.com, Dr. Kevin Walter noted that one of major problems with pediatric sports concussions is self-reporting; athletes avoid reporting head injuries because they know that they will be removed from the game. On Milwaukee

Dr. Harder Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study How Astrocytes Affect Other Brain Cells

June 23 - David R. Harder, PhD received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how astrocytes, the cells that support neurons in the brain and spinal cord, affect the genetic makeup and function of other cells in the brain. Wauwatosa Now

What you need to know about kids and concussion

June 17 - OnMilwaukee.com kicked off Kids and Family week with a Q&A about concussion with Kevin Walter, MD. OnMilwaukee

Fundraising Dinner for Neuroscience Research Set for June 22

June 10 - MCW’s Neuroscience Center will present the second annual Park Dinner for neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease research on Sunday, June 22, at Milwaukee’s Lake Park Bistro. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. McCrea to Co-Lead the Largest-Ever Study on Youth Sport Concussions

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense announced that MCW will be one of three institutions to coordinate a $30 million grant to conduct the largest study ever on youth sport concussions and head impact exposure. WISN

Neurology

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Dr. Antuono Discusses Research on Alzheimer’s Disease

June 30 - Dr. Piero Antuono discusses research on Alzheimer’s disease in an M Magazine article. M Magazine

State’s Pediatric Hospitals Not Prescribing Cannabidiol

June 25 - Although Wisconsin state law now permits health care providers to prescribe cannabidiol, a marijuana derivative used to treat epilepsy, the measure did not include a provision requiring FDA approval for physicians seeking to prescribe the drug. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Everson Links Insufficient Sleep to Onset of Osteoporosis

June 24 - Carol Everson, PhD is lead author of a study reported in Experimental Biology and Medicine that links insufficient sleep to the onset of osteoporosis and a lessened ability to repair slight bone damage caused by normal everyday activity. Canada Drug Center

Dr. Sabri Leads Clinical Study on Auditory Attention and Hearing

June 18 - Merav Sabri, PhD is leading a clinical study that focuses on auditory attention and hearing. Wauwatosa Now

MCW seeks participants for study on auditory attention and aging

June 12 - The Medical College of Wisconsin is recruiting participants for a study that focuses on auditory attention and hearing.

Fundraising Dinner for Neuroscience Research Set for June 22

June 10 - MCW’s Neuroscience Center will present the second annual Park Dinner for neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease research on Sunday, June 22, at Milwaukee’s Lake Park Bistro. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. McCrea to Co-Lead the Largest-Ever Study on Youth Sport Concussions

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense announced that MCW will be one of three institutions to coordinate a $30 million grant to conduct the largest study ever on youth sport concussions and head impact exposure. WISN

MCW to lead research for NCAA and Defense Dept. Project

May 29 - BizTimes.com features Dr. Michael McCrea’s role in the most comprehensive initiative ever conducted for sports-related concussion. BizTimes

Neurosurgery

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Dr. Pintar Discusses Research on Angled Front/Side Impact Crashes

July 29 - In an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report, Frank Pintar, PhD discusses research in MCW’s Vehicle Crashworthiness Lab at the Zablocki VA Medical Center on angled front/side impact crashes. The report notes that MCW research has contributed to the development of side, curtain, and knee airbags in automobiles. Dr. David Milia discusses the types of injuries created by angled crashes that are treated at the Children’s and Froedtert Trauma Centers. WISN

Spinal cord injury: what determines recovery?

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two year, $300,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Research to study better recovery and care for spinal cord injury patients.

Fundraising Dinner for Neuroscience Research Set for June 22

June 10 - MCW’s Neuroscience Center will present the second annual Park Dinner for neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease research on Sunday, June 22, at Milwaukee’s Lake Park Bistro. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. McCrea to Co-Lead the Largest-Ever Study on Youth Sport Concussions

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense announced that MCW will be one of three institutions to coordinate a $30 million grant to conduct the largest study ever on youth sport concussions and head impact exposure. WISN

MCW to lead research for NCAA and Defense Dept. Project

May 29 - BizTimes.com features Dr. Michael McCrea’s role in the most comprehensive initiative ever conducted for sports-related concussion. BizTimes

NCAA and DoD launch $30M concussion initiative; MCW will lead advanced research core

May 29 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has been selected to lead the research core in the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure in sports ever conducted.

Dr. Wang Leads Study on Opiod Use Before and After Elective Spine Surgery

Dr. Marjorie Wang is principal investigator of a study presented at the North American Spine Society’s 2013 annual meeting that found that patients who took opioids before elective spine surgery for degenerative changes were more likely to be using the pain medications postoperatively than those who did not take opioids before surgery. Pain Medicine News

Dr. Kurpad Receives $1 Million VA Grant for Spinal Cord Injury Research

May 28 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad received a $1.02 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Division to study new imaging-based tools that would help physicians better and more accurately predict the return of neurological function in patients with spinal cord injury. Milwaukee Business Journal

Psychiatry

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The impact of housing on HIV status

July 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to study different housing models for HIV-positive, chronically homeless individuals.

Dr. Wichman Discusses Post-Partum Depression

July 01 - Christina Wichman, DO discusses post-partum depression on Fox-TV/Channel6. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Heinrich to Serve as Medical Consultant under New Agreement

June 30 - As part of a new service agreement between MCW and Rogers Behavioral Health System, Dr. Thomas Heinrich will serve as a medical consultant to assist Rogers in effectively integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. The Business Journal

MCW and State Fund Central Wisconsin Psychiatric Residency Program

June 30 - A Wausau Daily News editorial endorses grants of approximately $500,000 from MCW and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to develop a psychiatric residency training program in Central Wisconsin, beginning in 2017. Wausau Daily Herald

Dr. Thomas Heinrich, behavioral integration expert, working with Rogers Behavioral Health

June 27 - Rogers Behavioral Health System has finalized a new service agreement with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), effective last month, to provide a medical consultant to assist Rogers in effectively integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Thomas W. Heinrich, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of Psychosomatic Medicine, will work with Rogers to design and implement evidence-based approaches to meet the mental health and addiction needs of medical patients.

Central Wisconsin Psychiatric Residency Program Receives Funding from MCW, State

June 23 - MCW is providing $185,000 in support of the development of a Central Wisconsin psychiatric residency program. The MCW funds supplement a $370,000 award to North Central Health Care from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services. Wausau Daily Herald

Governor Appoints Three Faculty Members to Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

June 17 - Governor Scott Walker named three MCW Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine faculty members to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, the new state oversight board for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mentally ill bonobo treated by former Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

June 12 - The Atlantic tells the story of Brian the bonobo, who was housed at the Milwaukee County Zoo, who underwent therapy and treatment for mental illness. The Atlantic

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