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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. NCAA.org

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

Parkinson’s gene linked to lung cancer

Jan. 29 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with other colleagues of the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium (GELCC), have identified a gene that is associated with lung cancer.

Dr. Everson Discovers that Sleep Deprivation Causes Cellular Damage

Dec. 15 - Carol Everson, PhD is lead author of a study published in Sleep that found that sleep deprivation causes damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Medical News Today and Milwaukee Courier

Department of Defense to fund $5.5 million concussion study

Dec. 15 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $5.5 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a full understanding of concussion. The integrated investigation would piggyback on concussion research already taking place at MCW.

Dr. Whelan Awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces

Dec. 9 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Dr. Harry Whelan who was recently awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. The Legion of Merit is one of the nation’s highest military honors. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Whelan honored for undersea medical work

Dec. 2 - Harry Whelan, MD, professor of neurology and pediatrics and director of hyperbaric medicine at MCW and the Bleser Family Professor of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Symposium Held on ALS Patient, Clinical and Research Perspectives

Nov. 13 - MCW’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, and the Neuroscience Research Center hosted a symposium entitled “Icing ALS: Patient, Clinical and Research Perspectives” on November 6. Wauwatosa Now, Biz Times

MCW symposium to explore the current state of ALS research and clinical care

Nov. 4 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy and the Neuroscience Research Center will host a symposium entitled “Icing ALS: Patient, Clinical and Research Perspectives” on Thursday, November 6 at MCW in Wauwatosa.

Early indicators of Alzheimer’s

Oct. 29 - A collaborative team of researchers from Marquette and MCW has been awarded a CTSI grant to study early interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease. MCW scientists involved in the project are Thomas Prieto, PhD (neurology); and Thomas Chelimsky, MD (neurology). Wauwatosa Now

USA Today Reports on Virginia Tech’s Participation in MCW-Led Concussion Research Study

Oct. 15 - USA Today highlights Virginia Tech University’s participation in the MCW-led Advanced Research Core of a $30 million project to conduct the most comprehensive study of concussion. USA Today

In-Depth Feature Details Work of Drs. McCrea and Walter on Concussions

Oct. 13 - Milwaukee Magazine published an in-depth feature on concussion research being conducted by Michael McCrea, PhD. The article also reports on Dr. Kevin Walter’s work to enact legislation dedicated to youth safety in contact sports. Milwaukee Magazine

Dr. Sabri to Lead MCW/UWM Team Studying Auditory Attention Mechanisms

Oct. 8 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin awarded a $50,000 grant to a collaborative team from MCW and UWM, who will study changes in neural systems to better understand deficits in auditory attention. Merav Sabri, PhD, (Neurology) is the primary investigator. Wauwatosa Now, Wisconsin Business

Dr. DeYoe to Mentor Marquette Psychologist for Study on How Autism Affects the Brain

Sept. 18 - Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, PhD, a Marquette University psychology faculty member, has received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin. Biz Times

Potential neural treatments for autism patients

Sept. 09 - A research scientist from Marquette University has received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study how treatments for autism spectrum disorder affect the brain.

Funds Raised from Ice Bucket Challenge Support ALS-Certified Clinic at Froedtert

Sept. 08 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feature article on the ice bucket challenge in support of ALS reports that half of the money raised will go to research. The other half will help the approximately 400 Wisconsin ALS patients and their families with care services including home and vehicle modifications, assistive devices, transportation, support groups, and the ALS certified clinic at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Heffelfinger Receives Grant to Study Type 1 Diabetes Management among Young Children

Sept. 02 - Amy Heffelfinger, PhD and Astrida Kaugers, PhD, from Marquette University were awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children. Wauwatosa Now

Neurology Staff Participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug. 27- Dr. Paul Barkhaus and neurology staff members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to create awareness about ALS. Wauwatosa Now and WISN

CTSI grant to fund childhood diabetes study

Aug. 25 - A collaborative team of researchers from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children.

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

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