News & Events Overview

News items of interest from around KU Medical Center's Neurology Department

Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Researchers

Four lectures on biostatistics topics relevant to clinical and translational research will be held from 9-11 a.m., July 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Clendening Auditorium. Instructor Jo A. Wick, Ph.D., will discuss topics such as designing experiments, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, linear regression and survival analysis. No knowledge of statistics is assumed.

The series is sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Biostatistics, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Registration is free online at

For additional information, contact Jo A. Wick at or (913) 588-4789.

ALS Golf Classic 2016

The 10th annual "Putting the Boots to ALS Golf Classic" is set for Saturday, June 11, at Deer Creek Golf Club, 7000 W. 133rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66209.

Help raise money for research to help find a cure for ALS. Proceeds from the event will continue to provide research funds to the University of Kansas and Washington University's Neuroscience Research Departments for ALS.

Lunch and hole assignments are scheduled for noon. The tournament starts at 1 p.m.

Register before June 1 for the early-bird special of $125.00. After June 1, the entry fee will be $150.00.

Donations for tournament prizes and awards are welcome, and organizers can discuss ideas for items and services to donate. For more information, contact Project 5 for ALS at (913) 909-2497.


May 12-16 is National Neuropathy Awareness Week.

More than 20,000,000, or 1 in 15-Americans are afflicted by neuropathy, many of whom do not know they have it.  Even though it is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases, peripheral neuropathy is often misdiagnosed and inadequately treated. Peripheral neuropathycauses arms and leg numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, loss of coordination, and ultimately falls. Appropriate management improves the quality of life of people with neuropathy and can prevent physical disability. People in and around Kansas City and in the region have access to world renowned specialists in neuropathy.

Neuromuscular specialists of the Department of Neurology at The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) are thought leaders in the field of the peripheral neuropathies. The NeuromuscularDivision continues to expand collaborations with national and international organizations to promote the best care practices for people who suffer from neuropathy. Since there are many causes for peripheral neuropathies, our neuromuscularspecialists are engaged with a variety of patient organizations focused on promoting the best care for each of the specific neuropathy types.

The GBS|CIDP Foundation International is the preeminent global non-profit organization supporting individuals and their families affected by Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and related syndromes such as multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) through a commitment to support, education, research, and advocacy. Based on levels of expertise, available treatments, facilities, and research capabilities, neuromuscularspecialists at the KUMC Neurology Department are designated as part of an international elite network of Centers of Excellence for people with GBS, CIDP and MMN. For more information on the GBS|CIDP Foundation International and on the Centers of Excellence, please visit and and

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (FPN) is a public charity committed to fostering collaboration among today's most gifted and dedicated neuroscientistsand physicians. The FPN has established a network of leading neurological consortium partner clinics that work with each other and FPN to build the Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry. Based on neuropathy expertise, the University of Kansas Medical Center Neuromuscular Division, led by Dr. Mazen M. Dimachkie, has become this year the sixth site participating in this important registry. For more information on FPN and Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry, please visit and

Concurrently, the Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center was invited this year by the Hereditary NeuropathyFoundation to be the eighth Center of Excellence. This is in recognition of the Neuromuscular Division's excellence in clinical care, education and research in genetic neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy. According to HNF, the designated Centers of Excellence demonstrate strengths in providing excellence in clinical care and research and will collaborate with HNF to expand their role as patient community hubs for clinical care, community engagement, research, and training/education. For more information on the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation, see and for a complete listing of Centers of Excellence

This is an exciting time for people with neuropathy. So please join us in celebrating National Neuropathy AwarenessWeek 2016.

Kansas City Neurology/Neurosurgery Society (KC CNS)

Dr. James Grotta

June 2, 2016

Annual Department Photo

June 3, 2016

The annual department photo will be taken immediately following the Zeigler Professorship Lecture on the steps of the Murphy building.


KU Medical Center named "Center of Excellence" by Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation
April 29, 2016

The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) has named the University of Kansas Medical Center a "Center of Excellence," one of only 10 institutions in its new national network.

HNF's intention for the COE network is to benefit the hereditary neuropathypatient community, which includes those with a rare disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth and inherited neuropathies. KU Medical Center was chosen as a Center of Excellence for its demonstrated strengths in clinical care and research.

The HNF will collaborate with its Centers of Excellence to expand their roles as patient community hubs for clinical care, community engagement, research and training/education.

Visit the HNF website for more information.

New Research Communications Coordinator, Michelle Strausbaugh
April 20, 2016

Michelle Strausbaugh is the new Research Communications Coordinator. She is a member of the university's communications staff, and her job is to be a liaison between that department and those working day-to-day in Neurology, Frontiers, and the Research Institute.

If you have a story idea for the home page of or if you are contacted by the media, she is available to help you. If you have something to communicate internally, have questions about your newsletter, or have other communication needs; Michelle can help you figure out next steps. 

You can contact Michelle Strausbaugh at: (913) 945-7670 or 


MS Achievement Center Grand Opening
April 15, 2016

Thousands of people in Kansas and the greater Kansas City area are afflicted with multiple sclerosis (MS). Now they will have a new place to seek treatment and support with the new MS Achievement Center officially opening April 7th at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Read more. Photos from the event


George Brett Award
March 4, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Barohn, the receipient of the 2016 George Brett Award for Commitment. Richard J. Barohn, MD, distinguished professor and chairman of the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Neurology, has been treating people living with ALS for over 30 years and was responsible for starting the ALS Association Certified Treatment Center for Excellence at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

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Epilepsy Center Receives a Level 4 Recertification
Feb. 19, 2016

The hospital's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has been recertified at Level 4 designation, the industry's highest mark.

The designation, from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, is for the full two years. The center was first named Level 4 in 2012 and remains one of only two Level 4 adult comprehensive epilepsy centers in the metro and the only one in Kansas.

A Level 4 epilepsy center provides:

  • Complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring
  • More extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment
  • Complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes
  • Broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy surgical care for epilepsy
  • Access to clinical trials

Roughly two-thirds of patients withepilepsy can be treated successfully with a combination of medications. The remaining patients can benefit from an advanced evaluation by an epileptologist to determine if they are candidates for additional treatment options, including several available surgical procedures. (Link to epilepsy surgical pages).

The center also focuses on research and a wide range of support services, including treatment to ease psychological, social and financial issues.

The epilepsy center's outpatient clinic, which is on ground floor Delp, managed approximately 1,700 patient visits during 2015. Also during the year, 279 epilepsy patients were admitted; they are cared for on Neuroscience/ENT ICU and Neuroscience/ENT Progressive Care (HC 8-9).

Read more and see the center's team

Life-Saving Treatment For Seizures

Nov. 23, 2015

KCTV5 News posted this video on their website highlighting the work in epilepsy treatment at the KU Medical Center. Watch the video here

Third annual fall symposium: Neurogenetics
Oct. 9, 2015

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Department of Neurology will have its 3rd annual fall symposium Oct. 9. Read more.

Kansas City Star highlights KU Medical Center's neuromuscular research program
May 3, 2015

The Kansas City Star newspaper highlighted KU Medical Center's neuromuscular research program in a series of stories, photos and videos. Read the main story and see four videos here. Read a separate story highlighting the work of Dr. Jeffrey Statland, assistant professor of neurology. Also, see the complete photo gallery.

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center earns re-designation honor
April 30, 2015

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at The University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center has earned re-designation as a National Center of Excellence from the National Parkinson Foundation. Read more.

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 Zealandto 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.

Last modified: May 26, 2016