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Friday, April 14, 2017

Structural MRI of the Hippocampus

This Open Access article is an informative read -

Marshall A. Dalton, Peter Zeidman, Daniel N. Barry, Elaine Williams, Eleanor A. Maguire
Segmenting subregions of the human hippocampus on structural magnetic resonance image scans: An illustrated tutorial
Brain and Neuroscience Advances
First published date: April-06-2017
10.1177/2398212817701448

A snippet from the Abstract -

"The hippocampus plays a central role in cognition, and understanding the specific contributions of its subregions will likely be key to explaining its wide-ranging functions. However, delineating substructures within the human hippocampus in vivo from magnetic resonance image scans is fraught with difficulties. To our knowledge, the extant literature contains only brief descriptions of segmentation procedures used to delineate hippocampal subregions in magnetic resonance imaging/functional magnetic resonance imaging studies."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dr. Gerald Goldstein

Gerald Goldstein, Ph.D., died last week at the age of 85 years. He was an influential presence in the practice of neuropsychology as a clinical domain and as a science.

His career spanned over sixty years.

Here is a link to a 2015 celebratory article from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System about him: Neuropsychology Researcher Celebrates 60 Years.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Call for Science and Common-Sense, Rather than Marketing and Drama, about Concussion and CTE

A fine Editorial Commentary:

Carson, A. (2017). Concussion, dementia and CTE: are we getting it very wrong? Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. Published Online First: 10 April 2017. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-315510

Upcoming Event: AAN Annual Meeting (22-28 April, Boston)

The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology takes place later this month.

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Perceptions of Parkinson's Disease

'People think I'm drunk but I have Parkinson's'
By Lindsay Brown
BBC Newsbeat reporter
10 April 2017

Read report here

[snip]

"Jordan was diagnosed with Parkinson's when he was 17 and says people often think he's had too much to drink."

[snip]

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

TBI: Cognitive Function and Methylphenidate

A very interesting Open Access publication available today examining the impact of methylphenidate and cognitive functioning in patients with a traumatic brain injury:

Manktelow, A. E., Menon, D. K., Sahakian, B. J., & Stamatakis, E. A. (2017). Working Memory after Traumatic Brain Injury: The Neural Basis of Improved Performance with Methylphenidate. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 11(58). doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00058

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Artwork of Greg Dunn

Beautiful work - Greg Dunn.

Epilepsy and Antiepileptic Drug (AED) Development and Clinical Trials

The February 2017 issue of Epilepsia has a fine critical review and invited commentary about the current state of AED drug development and clinical trials:

Bialer, M. et al. (2017). Progress report on new antiepileptic drugs: A summary of the Thirteenth Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devises (EILAT XIII). Epilepsia, 58(2), 181-221.