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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.

Imagine More Dinner to raise funds for neuroscience research

May 13 - The third annual Imagine More Dinner to support neuroscience research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Neuroscience Research Center will be held Sunday, June 28, at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. Previously called the Park Dinner, the event has been renamed to reflect the spirit of hope and innovation.

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

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

Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride to benefit MCW Cardiovascular Center

June 3 - The Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Chapter and Suburban Motors Harley Davidson® in Thiensville will host the 7th annual Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 13, to benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Cardiovascular Center.

Laser-activated cancer-fighting drug trial at MCW

June 2 - A laser-activated photosensitive dye is being tested as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has begun a Phase II trial of Photofrin and photodynamic therapy in adult patients at Froedtert Hospital, a protocol funded by Concordia Healthcare.

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. Fehr Comments on Study Linking Pediatric Concussions to Difficulty with School Work

May 20 - Dr. Shayne Fehr provides expert comment in news reports on CBS-TV News and U.S. News & World Report on a study that found that children and teens recovering from concussion may experience difficulty with school work until they fully recover. CBS News and US News and World Report-Health

Hospital Redesignated as Wisconsin’s Only Level 4 Epilepsy Center

May 19 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been redesignated as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 is the highest level of specialized epilepsy care available, and CHW is the only Level 4 pediatric epilepsy program in Wisconsin. The Biz Times

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

Investigators to study link between brain injury and addiction

Apr. 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to research the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance abuse disorder.

Dr. Colella to Lead Community-wide Clinical Trial on Drug for Traumatic Brain Injury

Mar. 30 - Dr. M. Riccardo Colella (Emergency Medicine) will lead a community-wide clinical trial beginning May 15 to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid, which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body. Wauwatosa Now and Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Walter Discuss Football Player’s Decision to Retire Due to Concussion Concerns

Mar. 26 - Dr. Kevin Walter provides expert comment in several media interviews on San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland’s decision to retire from professional football due to concerns over head trauma. Milwaukee Business Journal, WUWM, and WISN

MCW researchers to study medication to treat traumatic brain injury

Mar. 25 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will conduct a research study to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid (TXA), which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body.

Dr. Michael McCrea discusses concussion on Wisconsin Public Radio

Mar. 24 - Michael McCrea, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and director of the brain injury research program at MCW, answered questions about concussion and sports on Wisconsin Public Radio. Listeners asked about the potential for head injuries in sports such as rugby and soccer. Wisconsin Public Radio

Did retiring NFL player make right decision?

Mar. 18 - The Milwaukee Business Journal interviewed concussion expert Dr. Kevin Walter, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, about NFL player Chris Borland’s sudden retirement after one season with the NFL. Milwaukee Business Journal

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