Duke Neurology Research Round Up, November 2023

This October, members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to 11 new peer-reviewed journal articles, advancing the fields of clinical and translational neuroscience. Highlights from the past 31 days include descriptions of a new technology that uses retinal scans to detect mild cognitive impairment, a white paper outlining challenges and opportunities for clinical trials in Alzheimer's disease, and genetic analyses that advance our understanding of the origins of Alzheimer’s disease.

Physical Therapy Resident Spotlight: Kristen Valasek, DPT

Patients in Duke University Hospital’s Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) and Stepdown Units have often suffered complex, devastating injuries that impair their abilities to walk, move, and function in their daily lives. Kristen Valasek, DPT, the subject of this week’s Spotlight interview, works with these patients on a daily basis as she completes her residency in neurologic physical therapy.

Resident Spotlight: Vincent Chang, MD, LLM

As a child, Vincent Chang, MD, LLM, dreamed of being an airline pilot, but a high school neuroscience course, and later, time interacting with stroke patients in medical school, convinced him to pursue neurology.

APP Resident Spotlight: Elizabeth Roberts, NP-C

This week’s Spotlight interview shines on Elizabeth Roberts, NP-C, the newest member of our APP Residency Program. Roberts talks to us about being drawn to neurology both intellectually through her undergraduate studies in neuroscience, and emotionally through her experiences helping patients in a neuro intensive care unit (Neuro ICU). She talks about working to build relationships with her patients and taking a holistic view of their health.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, May 2023

What do analyses of stroke rehabilitation techniques, new therapeutic targets for jaw pain, and guidelines to help sleep apnea patients cope with runny noses have in common? They’re all subjects of articles published by members of the Duke Neurology Department this April. Read the summaries below to learn more about the nine peer-reviewed journal articles members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to over the past 30 days, and find links to the original research below.

Duke Neurology at AAN 2023: Highlights from Boston

Members of the Duke Neurology Department shared their advances and insights in neurology education, health disparities, movement disorders, and other areas at the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) 75th annual meeting in Boston this week. This year, our faculty, staff, and trainees contributed more to the AAN than in any previous year, contributing to 20 posters and abstracts and six classes or sessions.

Brain Images Just Got 64 Million Times Sharper

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is how we visualize soft, watery tissue that is hard to image with X-rays. But while an MRI provides good enough resolution to spot a brain tumor, it needs to be a lot sharper to visualize microscopic details within the brain that reveal its organization.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, April 2023

This March, new research from members of the Duke Neurology Department advanced our missions of patient care, translational and clinical research, and neurology training, contributing to 16 new peer-reviewed journal articles.

Duke Neurology Faculty, Trainees Stand Out at NCNS 2023

Winning the North Carolina Neurological Society's (NCNS) first NeuroBowl trivia contest was just the start for members of the Duke Neurology Department at the NCNS' 2023 annual meeting in Pinehurst, NC, this weekend.