Robert Macdonald Archives
Single mutation causes seizure disorder
Jun. 22, 2020—A single mutation in one gene can impair inhibitory signaling in the brain and cause multiple types of seizures and behavioral abnormalities.
Chetkovich named chair of Department of Neurology
May. 26, 2017—Dane Chetkovich, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Neurology and Physiology and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Neurology. He will join the faculty on Sept. 1.
New clues emerge in rare form of childhood epilepsy
Dec. 15, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are one step closer to understanding what causes early-onset epileptic encephalopathy, a rare form of childhood epilepsy that is difficult to treat and has poor developmental outcomes.
Nine Vanderbilt faculty members elected AAAS fellows
Nov. 25, 2016—Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year.
Culprits in genetic epilepsies
Oct. 11, 2016—Genetic variation in GABA-A receptors confers risk for inherited forms of epilepsy.
Macdonald to step down as chair of Neurology
Jul. 12, 2016—Robert Macdonald, M.D., Ph.D., Margaret and John Warner Professor of Neurological Education and chair of Neurology since 2001, will be stepping down as chair of the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University when his successor is recruited and joins the Vanderbilt faculty.
Nine professors honored at endowed chair holder celebration
Sep. 9, 2015—The extraordinary achievements of nine Vanderbilt endowed chair holders were lauded at a Sept. 8 celebration during which generous donors were thanked.
Protein ‘clumping’ linked to severe form of genetic epilepsy
Aug. 13, 2015—Researchers at Vanderbilt University for the first time have demonstrated in a mouse model that aggregation, the “clumping together” of abnormal proteins, can contribute to a severe form of genetic epilepsy.
Seizure mutation impairs receptor
Sep. 30, 2014—Defects in the production of certain receptors are linked to the pathogenesis of genetic epilepsies and fever-induced seizures.
Teleneurology services at Williamson Medical Center see success
Jun. 19, 2014—A new telemedicine partnership between Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Williamson Medical Center (WMC) is allowing more patients with acute neurological conditions to stay in their community. Eight VUMC neurologists are on call 24 hours a day to provide remote consultations for patients at WMC with urgent neurological conditions, such as stroke, seizure or...
Eleven faculty honored with endowed chairs
May. 7, 2014—Eleven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration April 30 at the Student Life Center.
Number of neurointensivists grows nationally and at VUMC
May. 1, 2014—After eight Department of Anesthesiology faculty members recently passed neurocritical care board exams offered by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) now boasts one of the largest contingents of practicing neurointensivists in the United States. A neurointensivist is a physician who cares for patients in the Neurological ICU. The neurointensivist...