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Medical College of Wisconsin receives $5.5 million grant to study Alzheimer’s disease

May 2 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), has received a four-year, $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging to study Alzheimer’s disease. The study, called the Alzheimer’s Disease Connectome Project, will use the Human Connectome Project approach, which is aimed at constructing a map of the neural connections within and across individuals, to perform brain imaging on 300 elderly individuals.

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

Graduate student aims at brain research

Using technology and tools that the Medical College of Wisconsin was a world leader in developing, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and her faculty mentor are pursuing brain research with potential to benefit cancer patients.

Pioneering eye care benefits generations

A landmark advance more than 35 years ago has improved vision dramatically for thousands of patients with diabetic eye disease. Today, vision research at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute seeks to actually prevent retinal eye disease.

Medical student Jacob Thayer awarded Bennet Hiner Research Award

Nov. 13 - On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Wisconsin Neurological Society (WNS) awarded the Bennett Hiner Memorial Research Award to Jacob Thayer, a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Thayer won for his work, “Comparison of Peripheral Nerve Axonal Area Differences in Central and Peripheral Zones of Injured and Repaired Nerves.”

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!

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

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.

Wisconsin Public Radio Notes MCW’s Promotion of Reach Out and Read

Sept. 3 - A Wisconsin Public Radio report on the impact of literacy on brain development notes that MCW promotes Reach Out and Read in Milwaukee. WPR

MCW researcher wins Imagine More Award for neuroscience research

Aug. 19 - Allison D. Ebert, PhD , assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is the recipient of a $25,000 award to support research designed to transform MCW’s ability to prevent, treat or cure neurologic or psychiatric disease. The award was presented at the 2015 Imagine More Dinner and honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience research at MCW.

MCW researcher exploring mental, emotional effects of psoriasis

Aug. 13 - While research proceeds in seeking a cure for psoriasis, there is an immediate need for therapies that can mitigate the sometimes devastating mental anguish that accompanies the disease.

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. Walter Answers Questions about Kids and Concussions

Aug. 5 - Dr. Kevin Walter answers questions about kids and concussions in a question/answer interview with OnMilwaukee.com. On Milwaukee and WTMJ

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.

Race the Twilight 5K run/walk on Aug. 1 to benefit MCW Alzheimer’s disease research

June 25 - “Race the Twilight” is a scenic 5K run that will take place in Elm Grove on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Walkers also are welcome. A special, timed quarter-mile Kids’ Race will be held for children who are 12 years or younger the day of the event.

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

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

June 8 - 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. Biz Times

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