Christine Gummerson, MD Honored as Consultant of the Year
The Department of Emergency Medicine has honored Christine Gummerson, MD, a PGY4 resident in the Department of Neurology, with the Consultant of the Year Award. By voting for her to receive this award, the residents in the Departmtent of Emergency Medicine have specifically acknowledged Dr. Gummerson not only for her outstanding dedication to her myriad responsibilities as a consultant, but also for her unwavering professionalism and commitment to improving the lives of her patients.
Study Suggests Retina Represents System for Investigating Therapeutic Approaches in Neurodegenerative Diseases
The findings provide evidence that the retina, the site of damage in advanced macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness in elderly patients—is also a source for knowledge about treating neurodegenerative diseases.
Yale Research on Psychedelics Gives Hope to Headache Disorder Community
Medical Director of the Headache Center of Excellence at the West Haven VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology Emmanuelle Schindler, MD, PhD is the only researcher in the United States studying psychedelics in headache disorders. Her pioneering research on the therapeutic effects of psilocybin on disorders such as cluster headache and partnership with a patient support group is giving hope to a misunderstood and misdiagnosed patient population.
Santiago Clocchiatti-Tuozzo, MD Honored with Bernard J. Tyson Career Development Award and Stroke Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant
The American Heart Association has honored postdoctoral research fellow Santiago Clocchiatti-Tuozzo, MD with both the Bernard J. Tyson Career Development Award and the Stroke Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant for excellence in neurology and cerebrovascular disease research.
Daniela Renedo, MD Wins American Heart Association Stroke Basic Science Award
The American Heart Association has honored Daniela Renedo, MD a postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology, with the Stroke Basic Science Award for excellence in cerebrovascular disease research.
Yale Study Links Genetics and Blood Pressure Control in Stroke Survivors
Stroke survivors face an increased risk of suffering a second stroke and developing cognitive disabilities as a result. Evidence indicates that hypertension plays a significant role in this comorbidity, and yet, only 60% of stroke survivors have their blood pressure under control. A Yale-led study studies the link between elevated genetic predisposition to hypertension and more-difficult-to-control blood pressure.
How Brain Regions Involved in Wakeful Rest May Play a Role in the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Daydreaming puts the brain in a state of wakeful rest, allowing the connection of brain regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN) to interact. The DMN is now a topic of investigation for researchers trying to understand why women are at a higher risk for Alzheimer's Disease than men.
Study Identifies Neuronal Basis of Impaired Consciousness in Absence Epilepsy
Using a genetic model known as Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats of Strasbourg (GAERS), Yale researchers have identified the neuronal basis for absence epilepsy. Their findings were published Jan. 10 in Nature Communications. During absence epilepsy episodes, children experience brief staring spells, during which they temporarily lose consciousness. Absence seizures can be captured by abnormal rhythms on EEG recordings, but their neuronal cause has never before been identified.
Veronica Santini, MD Elucidates Autonomic Dysfunction at Parkinson’s Disease Webinar
On November 22, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Connecticut Chapter featured Veronica Santini, MD, who presented “Autonomic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease” for the Association’s Summer/Fall 2022 Parkinson’s Education Series. This important webinar shed light on some of the more insidious symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that often go undetected and undertreated. The pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and available treatments were comprehensively reviewed for the virtual audience, which included people with PD, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare professionals.
Cedarbaum Presents on Current Research, Technological Advancements for Parkinson’s Disease
Jesse Cedarbaum, professor adjunct of neurology and psychiatry at Yale, presented in the American Parkinson Disease Association September webinar series, “Preventing Parkinson’s Disease: The Long and Winding Road that Leads to YOUR Door." Dr. Cedarbaum gave an overview of current and future research in Parkinson's disease, as well as developments in technology designed to manage syptoms in patients.
"Fitness Counts" Unites Parkinson’s Disease Researchers and Activists
The Yale Movement Disorders Division joined forces with the Parkinson’s Foundation at an event entitled “Fitness Counts” on October 14, 2022. The event featured remarks by Yale's Veronica Santini, Sule Tinaz, and Christine Gummerson, as well as Beat PD Today founder Michelle Hespeler.
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.