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2017 - A year in review (part 1 of 2)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 was a banner year for the Duke Department of Neurology. Even just the first six months had enough news and events to fill a normal calendar year, from our participation in the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Boston in April to awards for our faculty, residents, and staff for going above and beyond the call of duty. Here are just a few of our accomplishments in the first half of 2017.


  • The Pilot Club of Charlotte visited the Bryan research building and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, touring the Bryan Brain bank and giving $75,000 to fund Alzheimer’s research. Read more.
  • After being diagnosed with ALS, architect Phil Freelon partnered with the Duke ALS clinic for the "Design a World without ALS" campaign, working to raise $250,000 to create an endowed professorship, improve patient care and fund future clinical trials for ALS. Read more.


  • Resident Jordan Mayberry, MD, received Duke's Strength, Hope, and Caring Award for going above and beyond the call of duty by providing a swift medical response to a passed-out woman on his way home after completing a night shift. Read more.
  • The textbook Continuous EEG Monitoring: Principles and Practice, edited by Aatif Husain, MD, and Saurabh Sinha, MD, PhD, and featuring several chapters by members of the Duke Neurology Department, is published, providing a practical, comprehensive guide to this rapidly growing, clinically important field. Read more.


  • Duke Neurology residents and physician assistants lead discussions at seven middle schools throughout Durham as part of Brain Awareness week. Students learn about epilepsy and seizures, from what happens during a seizure, to how to spot a seizure and how to help. Read more.
  • A study co-authored by Michael Lutz, PhD, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, and Allen Roses, MD, finds that “jumping genes” that interfere with the development of mitochondria, the energy-producing parts of the cell, in the brain, may help cause Alzheimer’s and other conditions. Read more.


  • Duke President Richard Brodhead presents Kathy Ervin with a Meritorious Presidential Award today, honoring her achievements within the Duke Neurology Department and four decades at Duke. Read more.
  • More than 20 faculty, residents and fellows teach courses, present posters, or lead discussions at American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Boston. Current and former residents and faculty members also gathered to honor Joel Morgenlander’s 30 year anniversary at Duke. Read more.


  • Dean Nancy Andrews presented Joel Morgenlander, MD, with the Leonard Palumbo, Jr. MD Faculty Achievement Award to honor his dedication to compassionate patient care, and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians. Read more.
  • Members of the Duke Neurosciences unit and colleagues received a “3D It Takes a Team” award for their efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a major cause of death, disability, and increased hospital costs. Read more.


  • Duke Neurology faculty, residents, and fellows gathered on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of this year's graduating class and to wish them well as they entered a new phase in their careers. View a photo album of their graduation here.
  • Residents Aaron Loochtan, DO, Shareena Rahman, MD, and Jordan Mayberry, MD, received an Appleseed Resident Teaching Awards for their work with Duke medical students. Read more.