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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

New Brain Surgery Technology Successfully Treats Epilepsy

Aug. 5 - A front-page feature story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focuses on how a new surgical procedure at Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is successfully treating epilepsy. Drs. Wade Mueller and Sean Lew (both Neurosurgery) are using a new technology, called Visualase, which is designed to treat previously inoperable brain lesions. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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. 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

Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Study Link between Brain Injury and Substance Abuse

Apr. 28 - Christopher Olsen, PhD, (Pharmacology & Toxicology) and Matthew Budde, PhD, (Neurosurgery) are co-investigators of a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the link between traumatic brain injury and substance abuse disorder. Waukesha Now

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.

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. 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

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).

Dr. Kurpad to Lead Clinical Study on Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Mar. 9 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad is principal investigator for InVivo Therapeutics Holding Corporation’s clinical study of its Neuro-Spinal Scaffold in patients with acute spinal cord injury. Becker's Spine Review and Biz Times

Dr. Yoganandan serves as editor of third edition of book on accidental injury

Feb. 24 - Narayan Yoganandan, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Biomedical Engineering, along with Alan Nahum, MD, from the University of San Diego, and John W. Melvin, PhD, from Michigan (deceased), edited the third edition of Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention. This book provides state-of-the-art information on the applied biomechanics and prevention of accidental injury to the human body.

MCW crash lab evaluating new type of vehicle collision

Feb. 3 - MCW’s Vehicle Crashworthiness Lab partnered with a Canadian company to evaluate injuries caused in oblique crashes. WDJT-TV interviewed Frank Pintar, PhD, professor of neurosurgery, about the research findings from the crash. WDJT TV

Hans W. Hauschild honored for Best Scientific Paper at annual AAAM conference

Nov. 6 - Hans W. Hauschild, Research Engineer in Neurosurgery, received the AAAM Best Scientific Paper of 2013 award from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) for his paper titled, Injury Potential at Center Rear Seating Positions in Rear-facing Child Restraint Systems in Side Impacts. Hauschild received the award at the association’s 58th annual meeting in Munich, Germany, on Oct. 14.

Functional brain mapping improves post-surgical outcomes

Nov. 5 - Utilization of advanced functional imaging techniques to map parts of the brain prior to brain tumor surgery leads to better post-surgical outcomes for patients.

Concussion brings increased attention

Oct. 27 - Science Watch investigated the body of knowledge, specifically peer-reviewed papers, grants, and new initiatives, surrounding concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. Michael McCrea, PhD was cited as a leading author on the topic. Science Watch

Froedtert Named 1 of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

Oct. 21 - Becker’s Hospital Review named Froedtert & MCW as one of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs. The only other Wisconsin hospital recognized was University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Becker's Hospital Review

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

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