Encompassing a wealth of research topics and studies in six operating labs, including genetics, Alzheimer's care, headache physiology, movement disorders, pediatric motor disorders and peripheral neuropathy

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Outstanding opportunities in pediatric and adult neurology residencies, six fellowships ranging from clinical neurophysiology to stroke and pediatric motor disorders, and medical/PA student electives

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Composed of neurology specialists that can treat patients in a variety of disorders encompassing cognitive disorders, epilepsy, headache, movement, neuromuscular, pediatric and stroke at the Clinical Neurosciences Center

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Department of

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.


June 2015

Chris Jones was an investigator on one of the inaugural 2015 Neuroscience Initiative Collaborative Pilot Project Grants entitled “Examination of Neurobehavioral and Neurophysiological Mechanisms Underlying Habitual Short Sleep Duration.” His co-investigators include Dr. Paula Williams of Psychology and Dr. Jeff Anderson of Radiology.

May 2015

John Hoffman was awarded a 5-year R01 from NIH (R01 NS092458) for the project “Causes, consequences, imaging and mitigation of sepsis-induced encephalopathy” Kathryn Morton and Jeff Yap in Radiology are his co-PIs. The project will use microPET and MRI to shed light on the molecular basis, neurocognitive features, and long-term outcome of sepsis-induced brain dysfunction.

April 2015

AAN is upcoming from April 18 – 25 in Washington DC. Many faculty, residents, and other trainees and staff from Neurology are participating in the meeting. The link below provides information about Utah’s contribution to this meeting, including courses offered and poster presentations. Please check it out before you attend. Special thanks to Dr. Pulst, who approved effort to collate this information, and Lauren Brown, who put in that effort.

March 2015
  • Jennifer Majersik spoke on "Ethics and Bias in Enrolling Patients in Competing Trials within StrokeNet" at the national StrokeNet meeting, Nashville, TN. A policy and opinion presentation.

February 2015
  • Nick Johnson received the notice of award for his NINDS K23 award, starting in April, for the grant titled “Health Endpoints and Longitudinal Progression in Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy.” Congratulations Nick!
  • Dustin Hammers received pilot funding for a project evaluating ‘Acute Air Pollution, Biomarkers, and Cognition in the Elderly’ from a joint collaboration between the University of Utah Center on Aging and the University of Utah Program for Air Quality, Health and Society. Kathryn Morton and Kevin Duff were listed as collaborators.
  • Stefan Pulst was named editor-in-chief of Neurology Genetics, a new spoke journal in the Neurology family of journals.
  • Summer Gibson was interviewed about new research findings and new insights into the causes of ALS


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Recent Publications

  • Abou-Mrad F, Tarabey L, Zamrini E, Pasquier F, Chelune G, Fadel P,  & Hayek M.  (in press). “Sociolinguistic reflection on neuropsychological assessment: an insight into selected culturally adapted battery of Lebanese Arabic cognitive testing”, Neurol Sci.

  • de Havenon A, Moore A, Sultan-Qurraie A, Majersik J, Tirschwell D. Ischemic stroke patients with active malignancy or extracardiac shunts are more likely to have a right-to-left shunt found by TCD than echocardiogram. Translational Stroke Research. In press

  • de Havenon A, Petersen C, Wold J, Tanana M, Hoesch R. A Pilot Study of Audiovisual Family Meetings in the ICU. Journal of Critical Care. In press.

  • Digre KB, Bruce BB, McDermott MP, Galetta KM, Balcer LJ, Wall M; NORDIC Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Study Group. Quality of life in idiopathic intracranial hypertension at diagnosis: IIH Treatment Trial results. Neurology. 2015 May 20.

  • Stefan M. Pulst: The Helix: welcome to Neurology: Genetics. Neurology Genetics 1:e2. Published online April 17, 2015 2376-7839

  • Partha Sardar, MD; Saurav Chatterjee, MD; Jay Giri, MD; Amartya Kundu, MD; Parijat Sen MD; Ramez Nairooz, MD; Jessica Huston, MD; John J. Ryan, MD; Riyaz Bashir MD; Sahil A. Parikh MD; Christopher J. White MD; Philip M. Meyers, MD; Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS; Jennifer J. Majersik MD, MS; William A. Gray MD. “Endovascular therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke-A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials.” Accepted for fast track publication to European Heart Journal. May 2015.

  • Scoles DR, Ho MHT, Dansithong W, Pflieger LT, Petersen LW, Khanh KT, Pulst SM. Repeat associated non-AUG translation (RAN translation) in ATXN2 is dependent on sequence downstream of theATXN2 CAG repeat. PLOS ONE, 2015, In Press.

  • Gerstenecker, A., Duff, K., Meneses, K., Fiveash, J., Nabors, L. B., & Triebel, K. L. (in press). Cognitive Predictors of Reasoning through Medical Decision in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Brain Metastases. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

  • Greenlee JE, Clawson SA, Hill KE, Wood B, Tsunoda I, Carlson NG. Anti-Yo antibody interaction with its intracellular target antigen leads to targeted Purkinje cell death in rat cerebellar slice cultures: a possible mechanism for paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration in humans with gynecological or breast cancers.  PLOSone, April 17, 2015.

  • Johnson, NE, Arnold WD, Hebert D, Gwathmey, K, Dimachkie, MM, Barohn, RJ, McVey, AL, Pasnoor, M, Amato, AA, McDermott, MP, Kissel, J, Heatwole, CR.  Disease Course and Therapeutic Approach in Dermatomyositis: A Four-Center Retrospective Study of 100 Patients.  Neuromuscular Disorders, 2015, in press.  

  • Mossa-Basha M, Hwang WD, de Havenon AD, et al. Multicontrast High-Resolution Vessel Wall Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Value in Differentiating Intracranial Vasculopathic Processes. Stroke. 2015.

  • Lucas Ramirez, Aaron Krug, Heng Nhoung, Suzie Kazaryan, Gregory Gasparian, Joshua Perese, Ali Razmara, David Liebeskind, Jennifer Majersik, and Nerses Sanossian. “Vascular Neurologists as Directors of Stroke Centers in the United States” Accepted for publication to Stroke.

  • Su XW, Clardy SL, Stephens HE, Simmons Z, Connor JR. Serum ferritin iselevated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients.  Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2015 Mar;16(1-2):102-7.

  • Cortez MM, Nagi Reddy SK, Goodman, B, Carter JL, Wingerchuk DM. (2015). Autonomic symptom burden is associated with MS-related fatigue and quality of life. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders,  in press.

  • Dansithong W, Paul S, Figueroa KP, Rinehart MD, Wiest S, Pfleiger LT, Scoles DR, Pulst SM (2015). Ataxin-2 regulates RGS8 translation in a new BAC-SCA2 transgenic mouse model. PLoS Genet, (In Press).

  • de Havenon A, Sultan-Qurraie A, Hannon P, Tirschwell D. Development of Regional Stroke Programs. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2015;15(5):544.

  • Duff K, Horn KP, Foster NL, & Hoffman JM (in press). Short-term practice effects and brain hypometabolism: Preliminary data from an FDG PET study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

  • Kinard KI, Smith AG, Singleton JR, Lessard MK, Katz BJ, Warner JE, Crum AV, Mifflin MD, Brennan KC, Digre KB. Chronic Migraine Is Associated With Reduced Corneal Nerve Fiber Density and Symptoms of Dry Eye. Headache. 2015 Mar 31.

  • Thaler N, Hill B, Duff K, Mold J, & Scott J. (in press). Intra-individual variability on the RBANS in healthy older adults: Associations with poorer health outcomes and earlier mortality. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

  • Cirulli ET, Lasseigne N,  Petrovski S, Sapp PC, Dion PA, Leblond CS, Couthouis J, Lu YF, Wang Q, Keebler J, Krueger BJ, Ren Z, Levy SE, Boone BE, Wimbish JR, Jones LW, Jones A, Carulli JP, Day-Williams A, Staropoli J, Xin WW, Chesi A, Raphael AR, Cad J, Baloh RH, Appel S, Simpson E, Pulst SM, Gibson S, Trojanowski JQ, Elman L, McCluskey L, Grossman M, Shneider N, Chung W, Ravits JM, Glass JD, Sims KB, Van Deerlin V, Maniatis T, Wade Harper J, Hayes SD, Ordureau A, Swarup S, Allen AS, Bedlack RS, Gitler AD, Rouleau GA, Brown R, Harms MB, Cooper G, Harris T, Myers RM, Goldstein DB: Exome sequencing in ALS identifies new risk genes and pathways. Science Feb 19. pii: aaa3650.

  • Serafini R Andrade RC and Loeb JA (2015). Coalescence of deep and superficial epileptic foci into large discharge units in adult rat neocortex. Neuroscience , in press.

  • Serafini R, Loeb JA (2015). Enhanced slow waves at the periphery of human epileptic foci. Clinical Neurophysiology,  in press.

  • Digre KB Is there a difference in the management of  pseudotumor cerebri in pregnancy Curbside Consultations in Neuro-ophthalmology.  Eds Lee, A, Brazis P, Kline L.  2015

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