Duke Neurology Research Round Up, June 2022

Members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to 13 new peer-reviewed journal articles this May, advancing our understanding of how viruses that kill cancer cells may be used against brain tumors, the optimal treatments for various types of stroke, the origins of Parkinson’s disease, and more. Read the paragraphs below for summaries of our research from the past 31 days, as well as links to the complete articles themselves.

Hospital Neurology

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Hartman, MD

Adam Hartman, MD, didn’t decide to specialize in neurology until the last year of medical school, but the puzzle-solving nature of the discipline, and the engaging, fast-paced tempo of acute neurology in particular, drew him in during his residency. Now, he’s one of our new neurohospitalists, where he’ll be treating complex cases in Duke Regional and Duke University Hospitals. For this week’s “Spotlight” interview, Hartman talks to us about why he loves hospital neurology, what he’s looking forward to over the next decade, and running and staying active when he’s not at Duke.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, July 2021

New publications written by members of the Duke Neurology Department published this June advanced our understanding of the origins of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and spinal injuries, as well as offering new insights on how to better diagnose and treat these and other conditions. Our faculty contributed to recent articles in Lancet Neurology, Stroke, and other high-impact journals. Read more about each of these stories, and find links to the original articles themselves, in the paragraphs below.

Neuromuscular Disease

Research Round Up, June 2021

Members of the Duke Neurology Department did their part for Stroke Awareness Month, contributing to eight new peer-reviewed studies published this May. But our other divisions didn’t hold back either, with thirteen other articles advancing our understanding of neuro-oncology, multiple sclerosis, headache, and other subjects.

Read about each of the studies published from members of the Duke Neurology Department below, and find links to the original journal articles as well.


New Neurology division brings consultative care to diverse inpatient settings

A patient hospitalized for a heart attack may suddenly have a stroke. A patient hospitalized with a metastatic tumor may suddenly have a seizure. Providers within Duke’s new division of Hospital Neurology specialize in helping patients with complex, overlapping conditions across all three Duke hospitals.

In this Q&A, division chief Matthew W. Luedke, MD, discusses this expanded approach to patient care and how neurohospitalists can help fill gaps in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, September 2020

With 18 new peer-reviewed articles from members of our faculty, August 2020 was a record-breaking month for the Duke Neurology Department. Clinical research highlights published in the past 31 days include an analysis of patients presenting with vertigo in Emergency Departments, an essay on the human cost of COVID-19 and how we can help people connect during difficult times, and a study finding new benefits for therapies for myasthenia gravis.

Robots, iPads, and Teamwork

As the COVID-19 epidemic is making neurological emergencies harder to treat--and potentially more dangerous for the patient--neurology providers at Duke’s three hospitals are rising to the challenge with robots, iPads, and an unprecedented level of collaboration.

The patient in Durham Regional Hospital was unresponsive to questions. The ambulance had brought him into the emergency room with meningitis, or inflammation around the brain--as well as symptoms that could have been caused by COVID-19.

Have reflex hammer, will travel: A conversation with our new Hospital Neurology Division Chief

Neurological conditions do not occur in a vacuum. A patient hospitalized for a heart attack may suddenly have a stroke. A patient with a metastatic tumor could suddenly start having a seizure. Our providers within the new Division of Hospital Neurology specialize in helping patients with these complicated, overlapping conditions throughout Duke’s three hospitals.

APP Spotlight: John Howell II, MSN

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are essential for the function of the Duke University Health System and the Duke Department of Neurology, where they treat patients within all of our major disciplines. To help mark National NP week, this week’s spotlight interview shines on Duke Raleigh’s John Howell II, MSN AGACNP-BC, whose typical week includes patients with stroke, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions.