Parkinson's Disease And Movement Disorders News

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, January 2024

In January, members of Duke Neurology wrote and contributed to 20 peer-reviewed journal articles. This month’s research includes an article reviewing interneuron transplantation for drug-resistant epilepsy, a study on the relationship between BMI and intracerebral hemorrhage, and a study indicating that genetic associations with longevity are stronger in females than in males. 

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, December 2023

The final month of 2023 saw members of the Duke Neurology Department contributing to nine new peer-reviewed journal articles. Highlights include an analysis of symptoms associated with internal tremor for Parkinson’s disease, a trio of population-level studies for stroke, and a new examination of the connections between white matter and executive function. Read short summaries of each of these articles and find links to the original research below.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, December 2023

What do a speech prosthetic that translates brain signals into speech, retinal scans that detect cognitive impairment, and a promising new form of genetic therapy for Parkinson’s and some forms of dementia have in common? They’re all examples of the 21 peer-reviewed journal articles authored members of the Duke Neurology Department published this November.  

Postdoc Spotlight: Silas Buck, PhD

Silas Buck, PhD, first fell in love with neuroscience during the earliest days of his undergraduate career, when he became fascinated with the complex biological reactions that were responsible for even his earliest lab experiments. Buck pursued this passion through graduate school, studying how dopamine neurons become vulnerable to degeneration in Parkinson’s disease.

Gift from Schilsky Foundation Expands Scope of Movement Disorders Fellowship at Duke

The Duke Neurology Department has expanded its movement disorders fellowship program to provide fellows with a research-immersive second year, thanks to a pledge from Dr. Randy Schilsky and his RMS Family Foundation. This support will allow our movement disorders fellows to extend their training beyond the first year, which is immersed in clinical training, and undertake research projects to advance our understanding of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.