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Dr. Barkhaus Receives AANEM’s Distinguished Researcher Award

Nov. 12 - Newswise reports that Paul E. Barkhaus, MD, received the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (AANEM) 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award at the AANEM 2015 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Barkhaus was recognized for his continuous significant contributions to clinical neurophysiology research. Newswise

Research study validates neuroreader for accurate and fast measurement of brain volumes

Nov. 2 - A study, published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, highlights software's role in tracking key 'vital signs' for brain health. A new neuroimaging software, Neuroreader, was shown to be as accurate as traditional methods for detecting the slightest changes in brain volume, and does so in a fraction of the time, according to a research study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease this month. EurekAlert!

New pump helps man battle Parkinson's

Oct. 29 - Eight-month-old Audrey Hurda smiled and grabbed the bill of her dad’s Caterpillar hat as he bent to give her a kiss. Her dad, Tim, 38, has lived with Parkinson’s disease for eight years and late this summer started a recently approved treatment, Duopa, aimed at helping control the symptoms of the degenerative disease. USA TODAY

NFL Underwrites Scientific Meeting to Set National Agenda for Concussion Treatment

Oct. 20 - International Business Times reports that the nation’s leading medical experts will go to Pittsburgh on the National Football League’s dime to decide on a better way to treat one of the most common injuries in sports: concussions. International Business Times

Symposium to focus on medical issues in the management of Alzheimer disease

Sept. 23 - The 18th annual MCW Alzheimer Symposium is planned for Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Crowne Plaza West, 10499 Innovation Drive. The event runs from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will focus on medical issues in the management of Alzheimer disease.

MCW researcher receives 2015 Distinguished Researcher award

Sept. 15 - Paul E. Barkhaus, MD, professor of neurology and professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received the 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) which honors a member who has made continuous significant contributions to clinical neurophysiology research.

Dr. Fitzsimmons Named Chair of Neurology

Aug. 17 - MCW named Dr. Brian-Fred Fitzsimmons (Neurology; Neurosurgery; Radiology) as Chair of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Fitzsimmons was one of the first 10 neurologists in the US to be fellowship trained in neurointervention and is nationally recognized in the field. He practices at Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Columbia St. Mary’s. Waukesha Now

Dr. Walter Discusses Challenges of Treating Adolescent Sports-Related Concussions

Aug. 13 - Dr. Kevin Walter (Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric) discusses the challenges of treating adolescent sports-related concussions in an interview with WTMJ-AM. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting a Mom’s Concussion Clinic on August 15 in Waukesha. WTMJ

Dr. Lazzaro Discusses Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

July 29 - Dr. Marc Lazzaro (Neurology; Neurosurgery) provides expert comment to a Milwaukee Magazine article on a woman who was successfully treated for a brain aneurysm at Froedtert & MCW. Milwaukee Magazine

GE/NFL Award $500,000 Concussion Research Grant to Dr. McCrea

July 28 - Michael McCrea, PhD received a $500,000 grant from the GE and NFL Head Health Challenge to accelerate the diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Earlier, Dr. McCrea received a $300,000 GE/NFL Head Health Challenge grant in 2014. Milwaukee Business Journal, New York Times and Biz Times

Dr. Michael McCrea Receives $500,000 Grant for Innovative Concussion Research

July 24 - Dr. Mike McCrea and his team named one of the GE & NFL Head Health Challenge I winners for their innovative concussion research.

Green Bay Packers’ Ahman Green to Speak at Mom’s Concussion Clinic

July 21 - A Mom’s Concussion Clinic sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy will feature Green Bay Packers rushing leader Ahman Green. The August 15 program at Waukesha West High School will help mothers understand concussion prevention, signs and symptoms, and safety tips for heat emergencies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hoch Studies Concussion Risks among Equestrians

June 15 - M Magazine reports on Dr. Anne Hoch’s (Orthopaedic Surgery) research on concussions among equestrians. Working with the U.S. Equestrian Foundation, Dr. Hoch studied equestrians’ knowledge and awareness of concussions, and conducted research on helmets worn by horse-riders. Approximately 95 percent of equestrians in the U.S. are female. M Magazine

Dr. Hogan Wins Best Abstract Award from the International Neuromodulation Society

June 15 - An imaging study conducted by Dr. Quinn Hogan (Anesthesiology) on how pain therapy impacts the brain was one of five studies selected as “best abstract” winners by the International Neuromodulation Society. The study, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, showed that parts of the brain’s “pain network” in rats are less activated when rats receive pain-relieving stimulation of the dorsal root ganglion, a structure at the edge of the spine. News Medical

State Senator Suggests Clinical Trials be Conducted on Cannabidoil

June 10 - In a report on ABC-TV/Channel 27 in Madison, Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard suggests that MCW, Froedtert or Children’s conduct a clinical trial on the effectiveness of cannabidoil as a treatment for seizure disorders. Sen. Wanggaard acknowledges that it is expensive to conduct clinical trials. WKOW

Dr. Whelan Leads Clinical Trial to Treat Brain, Spinal Cord Cancers

June 9 - Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is conducting a Phase II clinical trial at Froedtert Hospital that tests a laser-activated photosensitive dye as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. Biz Times

Dr. Zaidat Discusses How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

June 4 - In an interview with WTMJ-AM, Dr. Sam Zaidat (Neurology; Neurosurgery) discusses how to help someone having a stroke. WTMJ 620

Tool for Early Detection of Brain Tumors Wins National Neuro Startup Challenge

May 27 - An MCW project is one of 13 winners of the national Neuro Startup Challenge sponsored by the Heritage Provider Network in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Advancing Innovation. Angio360 Diagnostics LLC, based on research by Stephanie Cossette, PhD, was recognized for its work to develop a tool for early detection of brain tumors using a marker that detects new blood vessel formation. Xconomy, The Street and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Dr. Barkhaus Provides Keynote Address at Wisconsin ALS Symposium

May 21 - Dr. Paul Barkhaus was a keynote speaker at the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Wisconsin Chapter's 11th annual ALS Care and Research Symposium. Dr. Barkhaus is Medical Director of Froedtert & MCW’s ALS Treatment Center. Sheboygan Press

Dr. Nelson Finds Athletes with Developmental Disorders More Likely to Have Concussions

May 13 - Lindsay Nelson, PhD, (Neurosurgery; Neurology) is lead author of a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine that found that high school and college athletes with a history of developmental disorders such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and learning disability are 2 to 3 times more likely to self-report having experienced multiple concussions than those without such history. Moms TEAM

Dr. Sabsevitz Discusses ALS and Cognitive Impairment with the New York Times

May 7 - David Sabsevitz, PhD, (Neurology) provides expert comment in a New York Times article on a Wisconsin case in which a jury found a patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) was not legally responsible in the murders of his wife and her sister. New York Times

Dr. Antuono Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial

Apr. 29 - Dr. Piero Antuono (Neurology) discusses an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial with the Daily Princetonian. MCW and Princeton University’s Medical Institute are participating in the clinical trial, which is led by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UW-Madison. Daily Princetonian

Transplant Rejection Test, Brain Tumor Treatment Cited by BizTimes

Apr. 28 - Milwaukee BizTimes identifies “12 Big Ideas in Wisconsin Research” that includes two MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin studies. Dr. Michael Mitchell and Mats Hidestrand, PhD, (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) are pioneering a new, less invasive and more cost-efficient way to detect the possibility of transplant rejections. Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is utilizing infrared lasers to destroy malignant brain tumors in children. Biz Times

A gray matter: Concussion expert Dr. Michael McCrea featured in NCAA story

Apr. 28 - Michael McCrea, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at MCW, was featured in an NCAA story about concussion. Dr. McCrea is leading one of the research cores for the NCAA and Department of Defense funded “Grand Challenge” concussion initiative.

Dr. Barkhaus Testifies that ALS Does Not Lead to Unregulated Aggressive Behavior

Apr. 21 - Dr. Paul Barkhaus testified that he has never seen a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis act violently or aggressively. Dr. Barkhaus testified in the case of an ALS patient charged with murder. The defendant is arguing that ALS is a neurocognitive disorder that affected his ability to regulate behavior. Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Blindauer Discusses Parkinson’s Disease Clinical Trials

Apr. 16 - In a video posted on Grays Medicine, Dr. Karen Blindauer (Neurology) discusses Parkinson’s disease clinical trials that are being conducted at Froedtert & MCW. Gray's Medicine

Dr. Walter Explains How to Determine if a Pediatric Head Injury is Serious

Apr. 14 - Dr. Kevin Walter (Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric) discusses minor and major pediatric head injuries as well as how to determine when a child should be taken to the emergency department in an article in Parenting magazine. Parenting Magazine

Speakers Announced for Ninth Annual Women in Science Lecture Series

Apr. 1 - MCW’s 9th annual Women in Science lecture series will begin April 16 with a presentation at GE Healthcare by Mara Lord (Chief of Staff) on the importance of creativity in science and medicine. Other presentations this year will include Dr. Malgorzata Franczak (Neurology) discussing Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Srividya Kidambi (Medicine – Endocrinology, Metabolism, & Clinical Nutrition) on obesity, and Dr. Judy Kim (Ophthalmology) discussing macular degeneration. Express News

Dr. Zaidat Finds that Stents Double the Risk of Stroke Compared to Blood Thinners

Mar. 30 - U.S. News & World Report and other media outlets nationwide reported on a study led by Dr. Osama Zaidat (Neurology; Neurosurgery) that found that patients who received stents for intracranial arterial stenosis were more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke or ministroke as patients treated with two blood thinners, Plavix and aspirin. The study was published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. US News-Health

Dr. Freitag Explains How Wine Consumption Can Cause Headaches

Mar. 26 - Dr. Frederick Freitag (Neurology) explains to Shape magazine why wine consumption can cause headaches and hangovers. He said that extracts from grape skin and storage vessels during aging can cause migraines. Shape

Use of stent, compared to medications, increases risk of stroke in patients with narrowed artery in brain

Mar. 24 - A researcher and physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has learned that among patients with symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis (narrowing of an artery inside the brain), the use of a balloon-expandable stent compared with medical therapy (clopidogrel and aspirin) resulted in an increased incidence of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs Cabinet Secretary honors Dr. Whelan for Legion of Merit Award

John A Scocos, Cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs, visited the Medical College of Wisconsin on Friday, March 13, to honor Harry T. Whelan, MD, for receiving the prestigious Legion of Merit award from the United States Armed Forces. The presentation, held in the MCW Alumni Center, was a surprise for Dr. Whelan.

Dr. Connelly Discusses UW-Madison Student’s Recovery from Brain Cancer

Mar. 4 - Dr. Jennifer Connelly (Neurology) discusses the case of a UW-Madison student who was successfully treated for brain cancer at Froedtert & MCW. WTMJ 620

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