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Department of Neurology Archives

Study provides new insight into how antidepressant drugs work

Dec. 1, 2021—A study by Vanderbilt researchers sheds light on how current antidepressant drugs work and suggests a new drug target in depression.

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Doctors seeing increase in young females with tics, verbal outbursts similar to Tourette syndrome

Oct. 21, 2021—An international phenomenon of involuntary movements and vocalizations in adolescent girls is now believed to be a functional movement disorder, and while the causes are unclear, TikTok and other social medial platforms may be important contributors.

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New Clinician Spotlight: Ryan Merrell

Oct. 20, 2021—Neuro-oncologist Ryan Merrell, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as chief of the Division of Neuro-Oncology in the Department of Neurology.

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Mental health screening in epilepsy

Oct. 18, 2021—Sending survey tools to epilepsy patients before their clinic appointment doubled the numbers of patients who were diagnosed and treated for depression and anxiety disorders, Vanderbilt neurologists found.

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Breaking bad with Huntington’s disease

Oct. 5, 2021—Illegal activities are a significant clinical problem in individuals with Huntington’s disease, highlighting the need for improved screening measures and protocols to guide patient management.

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VUMC awarded $31.7 million to harmonize Alzheimer’s research data

Oct. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $31.7 million federal grant to harmonize research data gathered on human subjects in scores of disparate studies of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Local family shines in campaign to establish ALS research program

Sep. 23, 2021—Evan Campa and her family are at the forefront of a campaign to establish an ALS basic science research program at Vanderbilt.

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Froehler elected a second time to surgery society board

Sep. 9, 2021—For a second consecutive year, Vanderbilt's Michael Froehler, MD, PhD, has been elected a member of the board of directors of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).

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VUMC Neurology pioneer Anthony Kilroy mourned

Aug. 11, 2021—Anthony W. Kilroy, MD, adjunct associate professor of Pediatrics, died July 25. He was 86.

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Sudden death from deep in the brain?

Aug. 9, 2021—Vanderbilt neurologists found altered excitability in deep brain structures that they note may drive respiratory dysfunction and sudden death in a rare form of epilepsy.

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Ground versus air to transport stroke patients studied

Jul. 29, 2021—For patients in need of acute ischemic stroke treatment, air transport to Vanderbilt University Medical Center is apt to be quicker than ground transport for interhospital transfers of 40 miles or more and for direct-from-scene transfers of 28 miles or more.

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Arterial stiffening linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Jul. 15, 2021—A research team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center reports in Neurology that greater stiffening of the aorta, the main artery in the human body, is associated in older adults with increased Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology as reflected in a range of neurochemical indicators measured in cerebrospinal fluid.

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