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Department of Neurology Archives

Small vessel disease MRI marker linked to worse cognitive health in older adults

Mar. 21, 2019—Enlarged perivascular spaces, which are commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, have important associations with worse cognitive performance, particularly information processing speed and executive function, according to a new study that challenges historical consideration that perivascular spaces are a harmless imaging marker.

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Using a mapping technique to reassess prior Alzheimer’s studies finds ‘powerful,’ improved reproducibility

Dec. 14, 2018—A neurologist is using a mapping analysis in a new study to rethink where symptoms or cognitive processes should show up in the brain. The results are ‘powerful.’

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Neuromodulation Society honors Hacker’s Parkinson’s research

Dec. 6, 2018—Mallory Hacker, PhD, research assistant professor of Neurology, is the 2019 recipient of the Kumar New Investigator Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society.

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McLaughlin, Casagrande honored by the Society for Neuroscience

Nov. 29, 2018—Two Vanderbilt University scientists — BethAnn McLaughlin, PhD, and the late Vivien Casagrande, PhD — have been honored by the Society for Neuroscience for making significant contributions to the advancement of women in science.

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New epilepsy monitoring systems collect better data

Nov. 15, 2018—New epilepsy monitoring systems at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are providing neurologists better data for assessing adult and pediatric patients.

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Probing the pathology of impaired cognition

Oct. 25, 2018—Detecting the neuropathology underlying cognitive impairment by lead to new targeted therapies.

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New study looks at brain networks involved in free will

Oct. 3, 2018—Using lesion network mapping, a recently developed technique for analyzing how the brain works, Ryan Darby, MD, assistant professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt, studied free will perception related to movement decisions.

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Major award seeks to improve stroke outcomes

Aug. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Kenneth Gaines, MD, MBA, professor of Clinical Neurology, has received a $15.7 funding award to determine if stroke outcomes can be improved with a redesigned and better-integrated model of care.

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Parkinson’s study to track impact of DBS on earliest patients

Aug. 30, 2018—A decade after taking part in the first clinical trial of deep brain stimulation (DBS) administered during very early-stage Parkinson’s disease, participants will return to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this year to be re-evaluated.

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Study links aortic stiffness with lower cerebral blood flow

Aug. 30, 2018—Greater aortic stiffness is related to lower cerebral blood flow, especially among individuals with increased genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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VUMC’s membership in NIH NeuroNEXT network renewed

Jul. 26, 2018—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s membership in NeuroNEXT, a research network that helps streamline Phase 2 clinical trials for brain disorders.

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Treating sleep apnea key to reviving overall health

Jun. 21, 2018—A sleep apnea diagnosis can often be the start to a healthier and better life.

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