Research Applies Machine Learning/AI to Predict Consciousness for Driving in People with Epilepsy
A new study published in September 2022 in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology may guide doctors in how to proceed when they observe SWDs on EEG, but are unclear of the patient’s neurological capacity for driving. Led by Principal Investigator Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD, researchers have harnessed the power of machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) to address the shortcomings of traditional testing.
Le Zhang, PhD Wins Avenir Award for Research on Substance Use Disorders and HIV/AIDS
Assistant Professor Le Zhang, PhD was recently awarded a DP2 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled “Immune Network Dysregulation of the Central Nervous System with HIV Persistence and Opioid Abuse.” The grant, which amounts to more than $2.5 million, began on May 15, 2022 and lasts for four years.
Natalia Szejko, MD, PhD Wins 2022 ESOC Young Research Investigator Award for Stroke Research
During the 2022 European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) held from May 4-6, Natalia Szejko, MD, PhD a postdoctoral fellow in the Falcone Lab was awarded the ESOC Young Research Investigator Award in Stroke for her submitted abstract, “Epigenetic Age and Ischemic Stroke: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study.”
Emily Gilmore, MD Joins the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN) has invited associate professor Emily Gilmore, MD, to serve as board member, effective immediately. Dr. Gilmore will play a significant role in the ABCN examination development, including writing and editing questions.
Gianvito Masi, MD Named MGNet Scholar for Myasthenia Gravis Research
Gianvito Masi, MD, a neurologist in the lab of Kevin O’Connor, PhD, has been selected as a MGNet Scholar by the Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network (MGNet), which is part of the National Institutes of Health’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network. The grant, “Investigating immune mechanisms underlying checkpoint inhibitor myasthenia gravis,” funds two years of research and will begin in June 2022.
Julian Acosta, MD Wins 2022 Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award for Stroke Research
Julian Acosta, MD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Falcone Lab in Yale's Department of Neurology, has won the Mordecai Y.T. Globus New Investigator Award for research which demonstrates how a poor combination of genomic risk factors correlates with more and larger silent strokes, even in people who do not display symptoms of neurological disease.
Naila Makhani, MD, MPH, named Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Naila Makhani, MD, MPH, has been named a Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, starting in July of 2022. The five-year early-career award is highly competitive and prestigious –a limited number of awards are given out by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to highly qualified newly-independent researchers.
Julian Acosta, MD Wins 2022 Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award
Julian Acosta, MD has been selected for the American Heart Association's Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award for the abstract, "“Observed and Genomic Life’S Simple 7 Influence Brain Health-related Neuroimaging Traits in Persons Without Stroke Or Dementia,” on which which Dr. Acosta was primary author.
Less Wattage, More Brain Power
Dennis Spencer, MD, the Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, and Hitten Zaveri, PhD, assistant professor of neurology are collaborating with researchers at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science to expand the treatment capabilities of Brain-Computer Interfaces for patients who suffer from conditions like epilepsy and paralysis.Source: Yale News/Yale Engineering Magazine)
Global Neurology Faculty Highlight: Dr. Morgan Prust
Dr. Morgan Prust is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine in the Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology. His interest in global neurology developed through time spent at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, and his work is focused on the care of neurologic emergencies in resource-limited settings.Source: World Neurology Foundation
Yale Investigators Link Higher Levels of Low Density Cholesterol With Decreased Risk of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
A team of Yale investigators is evaluating whether elevated lipid levels - generally considered to be detrimental to human health due to their effect on cardiovascular disease - can have protective effects on the brain.
When Blood Transfusion Is Not an Option: Yale Neuro-ICU Successfully Administers Transfusion Replacement Therapy
The Yale New Haven neuro-ICU has successfully administered a transfusion replacement therapy, which benefits patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), as well as those with severe anemia from blood loss and critical illness.
$3.59M NIMH Grant Awarded to Serena Spudich, MD
A new, five-year, $3.59M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) was awarded to Principal Investigator Serena Spudich, MD, Gilbert Glaser Professor of Neurology at Yale, along with co-PI, Joshua Cyktor, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh.
AAN 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting: Highlights
Each year, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) hosts a meeting wherein neurologists nationwide convene to present on their latest research findings and to learn from their peers. The following members of Yale Neurology presented abstracts at the 2021 virtual annual meeting:
PATHS helps students from underrepresented backgrounds realize med school dreams
Nelson Perez Catalan discovered he was interested in pursuing science while working at a student job at the University of Oregon cleaning glass in the labs. He found himself drawn to research around the brain, and thought about pursuing an MD/PhD, but there was no medical school at his university and as a transplant from Chile, he says much of the U.S. college process was mystifying to him. Then he learned about PATHS, or Program to Advance Training in Health and Sciences at Yale School of Medicine.