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MCW professor publishes Nature article on cause of neurological disorders

Apr. 7 - In a study reported in Nature Communications, MCW scientists along with researchers from the University of Connecticut, analyzed the underlying causes involved in neurological disorders. According to the published study, abnormalities in BRAG1, a protein important for influencing the proper communication between neurons, were found to cause neurological dysfunction.

Brain Stimulation Implant Device Provides Hope to Epilepsy Patients

Feb. 9 - Seizures had disrupted virtually every facet of Ryan Diettrich’s life. Could implanting a device that would send a current into his brain help manage the condition? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

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