The Department of Neurology at the University of Utah is committed to the conquest of neurological disease through specialized patient care, innovative research and the education of tomorrow's physicians. Our department provides comprehensive primary and tertiary neurologic care, as well as both inpatient and outpatient neurologic consultation.
Meet the Chair
Stefan Pulst, MD
- Angela Wang and Norman Foster recently analyzed and submitted for web-posting 332 PET images as part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. These are available for researchers around the world. Over the past 5 years CACIR has processed 4,951 PET images posting the images and regional values.
- The Cognitive Disorders Clinic reached the landmark of evaluating its 5,000th patient.
- Framing Dementia, a book by students in the University of Utah Honors College Think Tank “Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging” was recently published.. A reception in honor of the book’s publication is planned soon at the Honor’s College. Contact CACIR at 801-587-7236 about how to obtain a copy of the book.
- Dr.Nick Johnson was the moderator at the AAN’s Palatucci Advocacy leadership forum, a 4-day workshop on leadership and public policy training, which was held 1/30 – 2/2/14.
- Dr. Foster secured support in Governor Herbert’s budget for the first state funding for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and subsequently testified to the Social Services Appropriations Sub-committee for funding in support the Utah State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (February 5, 2014)
- John Steffens was again listed in Best Doctors in America for the 9th consecutive year!
- For his scientific contributions, Rodolfo Savica was given the "Antonello da Messina” award, which is presented to citizens of Messina, Sicily who have made some significant successes in their field.
- Pete Hannon was awarded a scholarship from the UUMG Quality Improvement (QI) Leaders of Tomorrow Scholar Program, along with Dana DeWitt.
- Summer Gibson was selected for the VPCAT Research Scholar Program 2014-16 and received funding for a familial ALS genetics study by the Utah Genome Project (PI: Stefan Pulst).
- The Pediatric Headache Clinic is currently enrolling patients in 2 studies. In Mindfulness Study, girls with chronic headache will participate in “mindfulness” sessions (e.g., meditation, biofeedback, etc.) to attempt to increase headache control. In the Thin Film Spectacle Coatings study, they will attempt to reduce light sensitivity and headaches in child and adolescent patients with migraine.
- Ernst Rodin will receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society at its Annual Meeting in February 2014.
- Four members of our faculty received the University’s Super Star Award: Kathy Swoboda, Stefan Pulst, Norman Foster, and Rob Singleton. This award is given to individuals with $500,000 in total funding averaged over 3 years. Neurology was the 5th best department for these awards.
- Kathleen Digre will be the First Hedi Fritz Niggli Professor at the University of Zurich where she will spend a 6-month sabbatical teaching, participating in a research project, promoting women faculty, and lecturing.
- Jenny Majersik was nominated to serve on the StrokeNet Executive Committee, 1 of only 3 PI's of the 25 NIH StrokeNet regional coordinating centers to be so asked.
- Rodolfo Savica launched a new clinic, which will focus on Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson's disease with dementia.
- David Renner led a university delegation, hosted by Michael L. Hardman to Kumasi, Ghana in October, whereby the University of Utah established formal agreements with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology that will allow for ease of collaboration across nearly all clinical medicine specialties. The Delegation also celebrated the opening of the first dedicated stroke unit in the country with Dr. Stephen Sarfo.