Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics

Scientists unravel DNA code behind rare neurologic disease

Scientists unravel DNA code behind rare neurologic disease

 

Dr. Benjamin Greenberg collaborated on one of the largest full DNA analyses of a rare autoimmune disorder, identifying a gene mutation that may help improve treatments of neuromyelitis optica.

Gene therapy may help brain heal from stroke, other injuries

Gene therapy may help brain heal from stroke, other injuries

 

Dr. Meifan Chen is the lead author of a study in which scientists have found a genetic trigger that may improve the brain’s ability to heal from strokes, concussions, and other debilitating injuries.

Dr. Kan Ding studies how exercise can protect against weak brain fiber, Alzheimer's risk

Dr. Kan Ding studies how exercise can protect against weak brain fiber, Alzheimer's risk

 

Dr. Kan Ding is lead author on a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease which finds more evidence that exercise improves brain health, helping to prevent or slow cognitive decline.

Social behavior restored via brain stimulation

Social behavior restored via brain stimulation

 

Dr. Peter Tsai and his co-researchers from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have discovered that some of the social impairments in children with autism could be corrected with brain stimulation to a certain part of the cerebellum.

Dr. Joachim Herz named the first Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer’s research

Dr. Joachim Herz named the first Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer’s research

 

A new Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Therapeutic Research has been established at UT Southwestern Medical Center through generous funding from the Presbyterian Village North Foundation; and Dr. Joachim Herz has been named the inaugural holder.

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2018 International Neuroscience Nursing Research Symposium

2018 International Neuroscience Nursing Research Symposium

 

Our Neuroscience Nursing Research Center will hold its second annual research symposium in Dallas on Saturday, August 11. The event will focus on innovative aspects of neuroscience nursing research by addressing recent literature, methodology, results, and clinical implications of clinical nursing research trials.

2018 Kids & Pros Youth Football Clinic

2018 Kids & Pros Youth Football Clinic

 

The nonprofit program Kids & Pros will offer a free Youth Football Clinic at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium on July 28. This event is presented by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and sponsored by UT Southwestern O’Donnell Brain Institute. Current and former NFL players will be on hand to incorporate safe tackling techniques and position fundamentals training, along with character-based lessons. The event also offers didactic and hands-on simulation components and is approved for 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

Dr. Juan Pascual promoted to Professor

Dr. Juan Pascual promoted to Professor

 

Juan Pascual, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics. Dr. Pascual has secondary appointments in Pediatrics, Physiology and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development. His clinical and research focus is on rare brain diseases in children.

Dr. Mark Goldberg to moderate SOLUNA International Music & Arts event

Dr. Mark Goldberg to moderate SOLUNA International Music & Arts event

 

The Dallas Symphony Association and the O'Donnell Brain Institute will host the 4th annual "Music and the Brain," part of the SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in May. World-renowned brain scientists and clinicians will discuss music and art’s incredible power to shape young minds and influence early childhood learning.

Melanie Truong, D.O., selected for International Headache Academy

Melanie Truong, D.O., selected for International Headache Academy

 

Dr. Melanie Truong has been selected to attend the American Headache Society 2018 International Headache Academy. The three-day intensive training program is designed to inspire a long-term commitment to Headache Medicine in young neurologists and research scientists. Dr. Truong is a fourth-year neurology resident.