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MCW Neuroscience/Brain News

Girls Suffer Worse Concussions, Study Suggests

Apr 14 - Girls who suffer concussions may have more severe symptoms that last longer than boys, according to new research published by Shayne Fehr, MD. US News & World Report

Learn to Identify the Warning Signs of Stroke

Mar 26 - Osama Zaidat, MD, professor of neurology and director of the neurointerventional program, appeared on Fox 6’s program “Studio A” to discuss the warning signs of stroke. WITI-TV

Anatomage makes virtual dissection a reality

To complement the traditional anatomy experience, MCW acquired a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table last year. With a high resolution, life-size touchscreen, the technology offers students, residents and faculty the ability to view the human body from countless viewpoints and cross sections to further their understanding through virtual dissection.

Dr. Jesmanowicz Utilizes Functional Connectivity MRI to Enhance Brain Activity Measurements

Mar 18 - An article in Electronic Design focuses on the work of Andrzej Jesmanowicz, PhD. Electronic Design

Program’s Goal is to Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease among Elderly

Mar 11 - Dr. Malgorzata Franczak notes that physical and cognitive help can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Research of young neuroscience investigators supported by funding from BMO Harris Bank

Feb. 25 - For the second consecutive year, BMO Harris Bank is supporting research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) with the potential to improve treatment options and advance cures for people with neurological diseases. The organization’s latest $50,000 gift provides critical research resources for faculty in MCW’s Neuroscience Center.

Touched by Parkinson’s, Bonnie Timarac responds with service on MCW’s Neuroscience Center Board

Feb. 17 - Bonnie Timarac shared a passion for design and entrepreneurship with her mother, Betty Johnson, a Milwaukee pioneer in interior decorating. Betty Johnson Interiors was the signature studio of its kind for decades, and Bonnie grew the business alongside her mother from the 1960s until it was sold in the 1990s.

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.

Caledonia Woman Regains the Ability to Walk through New Gait and Balance Technology

Feb 6 - A Racine Journal Times article reports on the recovery of a Caledonia woman who lost the ability to walk from a massive stroke. In less than a month later, Joan Schacht regained the ability to walk through the ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System. The Journal Times

Dr. McCrea Discusses Concussion Research Grant from GE Health and National Football League

Feb 6 - In interviews with Wisconsin Public Radio and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Michael McCrea, PhD, discusses the $300,000 grant he received from GE Health and the National Football League to conduct concussion research. Wisconsin Public Radio &

Patient Creates Fundraising Event for Stroke Research

Jan 28 - profiled Gina Gruenwald, who suffered a massive stroke in 2009, on her recovery and efforts to support MCW stroke research through the Milwaukee Food for Thought fundraising event.

GE and National Football League Award Head Health Challenge Grant to Dr. McCrea

Jan 28 - Michael McCrea, PhD, and MCW were one of 16 entities worldwide to receive a $300,000 Head Health Challenge grant from General Electric and the National Football League. Milwaukee Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, CBS 58 News, GE Reports, & 3 other sources

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.

Dr. Hillard Reports that “Contact High” from Marijuana Smoke is Psychological Phenomenon

Jan 21 - Cecilia Hillard, PhD, said that a “contact high” from exposure to marijuana smoke is a psychological phenomenon. Business Insider

Canadian TV Channel Reports on Crash Lab Research into Back Injuries

Jan 21 - Discovery Channel Canada came to Milwaukee to prepare an in-depth report on MCW’s Vehicle Crash Laboratory at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Discovery Channel Canada

High tech medicine: App to improve outcomes from deep brain stimulation

Jan. 15 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to develop a clinical decision support system to manage patients receiving deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.

Study that Finds Concussion Tests’ Marketing Lacks Reliability and Validity

Dec 27 - Michael McCrea, PhD, is co-author of a study in Neuropsychology Review that found inconsistent reliability and validity of tests on commercially available computerized neurocognitive tests on concussions. Health Canal

Carthage College Football Players Participate in Sports-Concussion Research Study

Dec 27 - A Kenosha News article focuses on the participation of Carthage College’s football team in a sports-related concussion study being conducted by Michael McCrea, PhD. Kenosha News

New 7T GE MRI scanner will advance cutting-edge neuroscience research

Dec. 11 - A 42-ton 7T magnet arrived at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Imaging Research on Dec. 5. It will be the centerpiece of a new, powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner designated for cutting-edge neuroscience research.

42-Ton, 7-Tesla Magnet Arrives at College

Dec 18 - A 42-ton, 7-Tesla magnet was lowered into place in MCW’s Imaging Research Center after being transported from England and across half the nation. The Business Journal

Concussion Discussion

Dec 17 - A concussion study involving the use of accelerometers to measure the direction, speed, force and length of hits in Carthage College football players was the subject of a story. Kenosha News

Marquette Cheerleader Knows Danger of Concussions Firsthand

Dec 13 - Kevin Walter, MD, discusses concussion symptoms, treatment and recovery in a Fox 6 report. WITI-TV

Dr. McCrea Discusses Research on Football-Related Concussions

Dec 11 - Michael McCrea, PhD, discusses his research on football-related concussions in an interview with Green Bay’s NBC-TV/Channel 26.

Dr. Walter Provides Editorial Comment on Need for School Accommodations for Concussions

Nov 8 - Dr. Kevin Walter provides an editorial comment in Family Practice News on the importance of an American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report that recommends school accommodations that should be made for students recovering from concussion. Family Practice News

Study Finds that No Brand of Football Helmet improves Protection against Concussions

Nov 8 - The Los Angeles Times reports on a joint MCW - UW Madison research study on head injuries received by high school football players. Los Angeles Times

Dr. Pintar installed as President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

Oct. 10 - Frank A. Pintar, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Neuroscience Research Laboratories, was installed as the President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) at the annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada on Sept. 23. This is a two-year appointment that was voted on by the membership of the society.

Stroke Team Credited for Saving Fond du Lac Teen’s Life

Oct 8 - Dr. Osama Zaidat and the Froedtert & the Medical College Neurosciences Center team to save a Fond du Lac teenager who suffered a massive stroke. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walk/Run to Benefit the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program

Sept 30 - The fifth annual Moving Forward: Ride/Walk for Parkinson’s disease will be held on October 6 in Dousman. WauwatosaNOW

Neurointerventional Procedure Saves the Life of Fond du Lac Teenager

Sept 30 - The Fond du Lac Reporter and other Gannett Newspapers in the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin report on a Fond du Lac teenager who suffered a massive stroke and was successfully treated at the Froedtert & the Medical College Neurosciences Center. Door County Advocate

Register now for Moving Forward: Ride/Walk for Parkinson’s disease

Sept. 26 - The fifth annual Moving Forward: Ride/Walk for Parkinson’s disease will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, in Dousman, Wis. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit programs through the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the American Parkinson Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter. Those programs benefit both patients and families with education and support, community exercise programs and research.

Bryon’s Run to Cure Paralysis on Oct. 6 to benefit College’s spinal cord injury research programs

Sept. 26 - The annual Bryon’s Run to Cure Paralysis is being held Sunday, Oct. 6, at Carroll University in Waukesha. Proceeds from the event go to the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, which has pledged $1 million to the Medical College of Wisconsin to support spinal cord injury research and establish The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.

Editorial Discusses Importance of NFL Grant for Research on Football Head Injuries

Sept 24 - An editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal discusses the importance of the National Football League’s $399,999 grant to MCW and the University of North Carolina to study the long-term effects of head injuries on college football players. Winston-Salem Journal

Dr. Hammeke Interviewed on WUWM-FM

Sept 17 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, discussed how the brain recuperates from concussion on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM FM

Preventive cure for motor impairments from fetal brain hypoxic injury

Sept. 12 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and Northshore University Healthsystem in Evanston IL, received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study motor impairments in children.

How Quickly Does a Concussed Brain Heal?

Sept 10 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, discovered that brains recovering from concussion injuries may actually be overcompensating during the healing process. WUWM

Five Business/Community Leaders Named to Neuroscience Center Advisory Board

Sept 9 - Five business and community leaders have been named to MCW’s Neuroscience Center Advisory Board. WauwatosaNOW

Medical College of Wisconsin names Neuroscience Center Advisory Board members

Aug 30 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Neuroscience Center Advisory Board has added five community and business leaders to its membership. The goal of the board is to support basic and clinical research that will enhance understanding of brain function and improve the ability to treat neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, and brain and spinal cord injury.

Dr. Pawela Notes that Imaging Advances Distinguish Alzheimer’s Disease in the Brain

Aug 28 - Christopher Pawela, PhD, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Brain Connectivity, notes that new imaging techniques and analysis methods are revealing differences in the brain showing normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Science Codex

Concussion Awareness Program Features Dorsey Levens

Aug 28 - Former Green Bay Packer’s player Dorsey Levens was a special guest at a concussion awareness and safety event hosted by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Fox 6 News

Brain Activity Increases Weeks after a Concussion

Aug 28 - A study by Thomas Hammeke, PhD, published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that found that concussion patients have irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours after their injury but increased levels of brain activity a few weeks later.

Brain May Recover from Concussion by Compensating

Aug 27 - A recent study published by Thomas Hammeke, PhD, was featured in U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Hammeke used fMRI to study the recovery of a concussed brain, and discovered the brain compensates for the injury during the healing process. US News & World Report

fMRI study documents brain activation during concussion recovery

Aug 20 - For the first time, researchers have documented irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours of a concussive injury, as well as an increased level of brain activity weeks later—suggesting that the brain may compensate for the injury during the recovery time.

Neurosurgeon leads with innovation

Dr. Philip Stieg has led the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College for 13 years, and he hasn’t wasted a moment of it. His pursuit of innovation in the operating room, in the laboratory, in the academic halls and in developing nations contributed to his selection as the 2013 Medical School Alumnus of the Year.

Antioxidant shows promise in Parkinson’s disease

Jun 19 - Diapocynin, a synthetic molecule derived from a naturally occurring compound (apocynin), has been found to protect neurobehavioral function in mice with Parkinson’s disease symptoms by preventing deficits in motor coordination.

Dr. Hillard Contributes to Study Linking Lack of Sleep to Obesity

June 17 - Cecilia Hillard, PhD, contributed to a University of Chicago-led study reported at the Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting that found that insufficient sleep may contribute to weight gain and obesity. Science Codex

Dr. Kalyanaraman Discusses Discovery of Antioxidant that Slows Motor Function Loss

July 17 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, discusses his team’s discovery of an antioxidant that seems slow the Parkinson’s disease-related loss of motor function in animal models. Today's TMJ4

Dr. McCrea Explains How the Brain Reacts to Traumatic Injury

May 27 - Michael McCrea, PhD, explains how the brain reacts to traumatic injury in a BizTimes article on concussions. BizTimes

Dr. Pintar Awarded International Transportation Safety Honor

May 6 - Frank Pintar, PhD, (Neurosurgery) received the Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Walter Contributes to New York Times Article on Youth Concussions

May 6 - Dr. Kevin Walter contributes expert comment to a New York Times article on youth concussions. New York Times

Drs. Dranka and Kalyanaraman Discover Molecule that Could Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

June 17 - Science Daily reports that Brian Dranka, PhD, and Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, discovered that diapocynin, a synthetic molecule derived from a naturally occurring compound (apocynin) may protect neurobehavioral function in mice with Parkinson’s disease symptoms by preventing deficits in motor coordination. Science Daily & HNGN

Neuroscience Center Plans Fundraising Dinner for Parkinson’s Disease, Neuroscience Research

May 27 - MCW’s Neuroscience Center will present the first annual Park Dinner for Parkinson’s disease and neuroscience research on Sunday, June 23, in Greendale. WauwatosaNOW

Neuroscience Research Center requests proposals for pilot grants

May 03 - The Neuroscience Research Center plans to fund four categories of pilot grants to enhance research capacity in the area of neuroscience research. The largest awards will fund collaborative projects involving two or three faculty members.

NFL and GE Partner to Combat Concussion

May 28 - Michael McCrea, professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at MCW, discusses a new collaboration between the NFL and GE which is aimed at increasing the accuracy and speed of concussion diagnosis, and ultimately leading to increased sports safety. BizTimes

Park Dinner to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research

May 29 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Neuroscience Center will present the first annual Park Dinner for Parkinson’s disease and neuroscience research on Sunday, June 23, in Greendale, Wis.

Women’s History Month 2012 – education mission

Mar. 05 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight many of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help women develop as students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.
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