News items of interest from around KU Medical Center's Neurology Department.
Healthy aging and the brain
November 7, 2014
The KU Alzheimer's Disease Center is sponsoring a 12-week "Smart Aging" class desinged to pass along research-based knowledge on diet and exercise that may improve and maintain brain health in seniors. Read more.
Neurology residents participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
August 28, 2014
KU Medical Center neurology residents answered a challenge from the University of Virginia to participate in the ongoing Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS research. Watch the video. Also, if interested, donate to support ALS research at KU Medical Center.
Dr. Russell Swerdlow named as Chancellors Club professor
August 27, 2014
Dr. Russell Swerdlow, M.D., professor of neurology and a leading expert on Alzheimer's disease and mitochondrial dysfunction, has been named as a Chancellors Club professor. He will receive a $10,000 award and will be honored at a reception in Lawrence, Kan. Read more.
Neurology/Neurosurgery ranked No. 12 in nation by U.S. News and World Report
July 15, 2014
In its third consecutive year on the list, this specialty received its highest ranking ever on the annual list. Read more.
Medical marijuana can alleviate MS symptoms
April 28, 2014
Dr. Gary Gronseth, professor and vice chairman of the department, was quoted in several media outlets, including the Boston Globe, about how medical marijuana may have benefits for patients with MS. Read more.
Hope for those with multiple sclerosis
March 5, 2014
An $800,000 grant will help KU Medical Center create a new center to help patients with multiple sclerosis. Read more.
Gift supports Alzheimer's research at KU Medical Center
February 10, 2014
A $10,000 gift from Local Union No. 124 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, of Kansas City, Mo., for the University of Kansas Medical Center will help fight Alzheimer's disease. Read more.
KU researcher's 'Neural Prosthesis' could help people with brain injuries
January 27, 2014
Randolph Nudo, Ph.D., director of KU's Landon Center on Aging, has been featured in the Kansas City Star for his work on a computer chip that can be implanted into the brain to improve brain function. Read more.
Russell Swerdlow, M.D., named Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology
December 15, 2013
Russell Swerdlow, M.D., director of the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, has been named the Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology. Swerdlow studies brain energy metabolism and the role it plays in neurodegenerative diseases. His main area of clinical expertise includes the neurodegenerative diseases that affect cognition, especially Alzheimer's disease. The professorship was established through an estate gift created by Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney, who owned and operated the College Motel in Lawrence for 40 years.
KU Medical Center's partnership with Swope Health Services is giving minority populations better access to clinical trials
December 3, 2013
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center are continuing to build on a longstanding partnership with Swope Health Services to help involve minority populations that are often vastly underrepresented in clinical and translational research studies. Read more.
KU Alzheimer's Disease Center will use $3 million grant to study the benefit of exercise
November 2, 2013
Alzheimer's disease researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center have received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of exercise in preventing the disease. It will be one of the first such studies in the country. Read more.
Dr. Richard J. Barohn, MD, receives University Distinguished Professorship
October 25, 2013
Dr. Richard J. Barohn, MD, Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has received a University Distinguished Professorship. Watch a video of a presentation of the award, followed by a lecture by Robert C. Griggs, a former Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester.
Sleep Medicine Clinic receives program accreditation
August 15, 2013
The University of Kansas Department of Neurology's Sleep Medicine Clinic in Kansas City recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Read more.
Providing better stroke care
July 31, 2013
A statewide initiative is training healthcare professionals across Kansas on the most effective ways to treat and respond to a stroke. Read more.
KU Med professor walks across Kansas to raise awareness, funds for stroke research
June 6, 2013
Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, completed a 570-mile walk across the state of Kansas with her son to raise awareness and money for her stroke research. Read more.
Hope for ALS patients
April 8, 2013
KU researchers are studying the effects of the drug rasagiline in slowing ALS. Read more.
The benefits of medication
February 7, 2013
Sharon Lynch, MD, of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Jared Bruce, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri-Kansas City are collaborating on a new program to counsel multiple sclerosis patients on why they should take their medications. Read more.
KU Hospital one of first in the nation named Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center
December 10, 2012
The University of Kansas Hospital is one of the first five healthcare facilities in the country, and the only one in the Midwest, to be recognized as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission. Read more.
KUMC neurologist earns Chancellors Club honor
October 29, 2012
Richard J. Barohn, MD, chairman of the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Neurology, has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Chancellors Club career research award. Read more, and click here to see a video.
Alzheimer's Disease Center, other clinical and translational research featured on KCPT program
October 11, 2012
KU Medical Center's Alzheimer's Disease Center and Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research were featured on KCPT's "The Local Show." Click here to see the video (story starts at about 15:30).
Help for a rare genetic disorder
October 3, 2012
A decades-old drug previously used to treat abnormal heart rhythms is showing new promise in the fight against a rare neurological disorder, according to research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Read more.
Patients come from across the globe for study at KU's Clinical Research Center
September 20, 2012
Patients are coming from as far away as New Zealand to participate in a clinical trial at the University of Kansas Medical Center - a study that is giving new hope to people with a rare genetic condition that attacks their muscles. Read more.