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.


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
January 2015
  • Susan Baggaley is the PI on a 20-month grant from Pfizer ($350K) “Connected Care for Improving Treatment of Chronic Headache: Using the Project ECHO model (Tele-health) weekly sessions of case based learning to University of Utah Community Clinic providers on headache diagnosis and management.” Co-I’s include K Digre, KC Brennan, K Pippitt, L. Gren, & S Junkins. This project seeks to use diagnostic tools in EPIC, decrease opioid prescriptions, and improve disease specific medication management in these patients. Congrats Susan et al.!

  • The new autonomic physiology laboratory began testing on 1/8/2015! Melissa Cortez directs this lab.

  • In an effort to educate staff at the U, VA, and IHC about headache, Ligia Onofrei completed 3 lectures at these sites on “Headache-common management issues” on October 15, November 12, and January 7th.
  • Nick Johnson will be chairing the AAN’s Government Relations Committee, which also means that he is joining the AAN Board of Trustees.

  • Stefan Pulst was appointed to the Deutsche Wissenschaftsrat in the working group on Academic Medicine. The Wissenschaftsrat advises the German federal and state governments on science policy.

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Recent Publications

  • 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
  • Gunduz A, Morita H, Rossi JP, Allen W, Alterman R, Bronte-Stewart H, Butson C, Charles D, Deckers S, de Hemptinne C, Dougherty D, DeLong M, Ellrich J, Foote KD, Giordano J, Goodman W, Greenberg B, Greene D, Gross R, Hoon-Ki Min P, Judy JW, Karst E, Kent A, Kopell B, Lang A, Lungu C, Lyons K, Martens H, Machado A, McIntyre C, McLaughlin B, Neimat J, Ostrem J, Pannu S, Ponce F, Pouratian N, Reymers D, Schrock L, Sheth S, Shih L, Stanslaski S, Steinke K, Stypulkowski P, Troster A, Verhagen L, Walker H, Okun MS. (in press). Proceedings of the Second Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: What’s in the Pipeline. Int J Neurosc.

  • Hammers DB, Duff K, & Chelune GJ (2014). Assessing change of cognitive trajectories over times in later life. In NA Pachana & K Laidlaw (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology. Oxford University Press.

  • Lo RY, Figueroa KP, Pulst SM, Lin CY, Perlman S, Wilmot G, Gomez C, Schmahmann J, Paulson H, Shakkottai V, Ying S, Zesiewicz T, Bushara K, Geschwind M, Xia G, Subramony S, Ashizawa T, Kuo SH: Vascular risk factors and clinical progression in spinocerebellar ataxias. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov 2015; 5.

  • Mack KJ, Digre K. Effectiveness in acute migraine treatment: How it might matter.  Neurology. 2015 Jan 21.

  • Saver JL, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Stratton SJ, Pratt FD, Hamilton S, Conwit R, Liebeskind DS, Sung G, Kramer I, Moreau G, Goldweber R, Sanossian N; FAST-MAG Investigators and Coordinators (including Pulst SM). (2015) Prehospital use of magnesium sulfate as neuroprotection in acute stroke. N Engl J Med 372:528-36.

  • Schrock, L.E., Mink, J.W., Woods, D.W., Porta, M., Servello, D., Visser-Vandewalle, V., Silburn, P.A., Foltynie, T., Walker, H.C., Shahed-Jimenez, J., Savica, R., Klassen, B.T., Machado, A.G., Foote, K.D., Zhang, J.-G., Hu, W., Ackermans, L., Temel, Y., Mari, Z., Changizi, B.K., Lozano, A., Auyeung, M., Kaido, T., Agid, Y., Welter, M.L., Khandhar, S.M., Mogilner, A.Y., Pourfar, M.H., Walter, B.L., Juncos, J.L., Gross, R.E., Kuhn, J., Leckman, J.F., Neimat, J.A., Okun, M.S. and Tourette Syndrome Association International Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Database and Registry Study Group (in press).Tourette syndrome deep brain stimulation: A review and updated recommendations. Mov. Disord.

  • Gerstenecker, A., Meneses, K., Duff, K., Fiveash, J., Marson, D., & Triebel, K. L. (in press). Cognitive Predictors of Understanding Treatment Decisions in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Brain Metastases. Cancer.

  • Battey TWK, Valant V, Kassis SB, Kourkoulis C, Lee C, Anderson CD, Falcone GJ, Jimenez-Conde J, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Pare G, Rundek T, James ML, Lemmens R, Lee TH, Tatlisumak T, Kittner SJ, Lindgren A, Mateen FJ, Berkowitz AL, Holliday EG, Majersik JJ, Maguire J, Sudlow C, Rosand J, on behalf of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium. "Recommendations from the International Stroke Genetics Consortium, Part 2: Biological Sample Collection and Storage." Stroke, 2014, in press.

  • de Havenon A, Ansari S. Combating performance enhancing drug abuse: detection and punishment are not enough. Performance Enhancement & Health. In Press.

  • de Havenon A, Joos Z, Longenecker L, Shah L, Ansari S, Digre K. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with spinal cord involvement. Neurology. 2014 Oct 29.

  • Debette S, Kamatani Y, Metso T, Kloss M, Engelter ST, Pezzini A, Thijs V, Markus HS, Dichgans M, Chauhan G, Wolf C, Dittrich R, Touzé E, Southerland AM, Samson Y, Abboud S, Béjot Y, Caso V, Bersano A, Gschwendtner A, Sessa M, Cole J, Lamy C, Medeiros E, Beretta S, Bonati LH, Grau AJ, Michel P, Majersik J, Sharma P, Bartels E, Guillon B, van den Herik EG, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Jood K, Nalls MA, De Leeuw FE, Jern C, Cheng YC, Werner I, Metso A, Lichy C, Lyrer PA, Brandt T, Boncoraglio GB, Wichmann HE, Gieger C, Böttcher T, Castellano M, Arveiler D, Ikram MA, Breteler MMB, Padovani A, Meschia JF, Kuhlenbäumer G, Rolfs A, Worrall BB, for the International Stroke Genetics Consortium, Ringelstein EB, Grond-Ginsbach C, Zelenika D, Tatlisumak T, Lathrop M, Leys D, Amouyel P, and Dallongeville J for the CADISP group. "Common variation in PHACTR1 is associated with susceptibility to cervical artery dissection." Nature Genetics, 2014, in press

  • Digre KB. Annual meeting of the North American neuro-ophthalmology society, Puerto Rico, March 1-6, 2014. J Neuroophthalmol. 2014 Sep;34(3):e10-1.

  • Fryer JP, Lennon VA, PittockSJ, Jenkins S, Fallier-Becker P, Clardy S, Horta ES, Jedynak E, Lucchinetti CF, Shuster EA, Weinshenker BG, Wingerchuk DM, and McKeon A. AQP4 Autoantibody Assay Performance in Clinical Laboratory Service. Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation. In press.

  • Greenlee JE, Clawson SA, Hill KE, Wood B, Clardy SL, Tsunoda I, Jaskowski TD. Carlson NG. Neuronal uptake of anti-Hu antibody, but not anti-Ri antibody, leads to cell death in brain slice cultures. J Neuroinflammation. 2014 Sep 17;11(1):160.

  • Majersik JJ, Cole JW, Golledge J; Rost NS, Chan YFY, Gurol ME, Lindgren AG, Woo D, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Chen DT, Thijs V, Worrall BB, Ayeesha Kamal A, Bentley P, Wardlaw JM, Ruigrok YM, Battey TWK, Schmidt R, Montaner J, Giese AK, Roquer J, Jiménez-Conde J, Lee C, Ay H, Martin JJ, Rosand J, Maguire J, On behalf of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium.  “Recommendations from the International Stroke Genetics Consortium, Part 1: Standardized Phenotypic Data Collection”. Stroke, 2014, in press.

  • Popescu BFG, Guo Y, Jentoft ME, Parisi JE, Lennon VA, Pittock SJ, Weinshenker BG,. Wingerchuk DM, Giannini C, Metz I, Brück W, Shuster EA, Carter JL, Boyd CD, Clardy SL, Cohen BA, & Lucchinetti CF. Diagnostic Utility of Aquaporin-4 Immunohistochemical Analysis of Active Demyelinating Lesions Present on Surgical Biopsy. Neurology. In press.

  • Tobin WO, Lennon VA, Komorowski L, Probst C, Clardy SL, Aksamit AJ, Appendino JP, Lucchinetti CF, Matsumoto JY, Pittock SJ, Sandroni P, Tippmann-Peikert M, Wirrell EC, & McKeon A. DPPX Potassium Channel Antibody: Frequency, Clinical Accompaniments and Outcomes in 20 Patients. Neurology. In press.

  • Brennan KC. Minimum Conditions for the induction of Cortical Spreading Depression in Brain Slices. J Neuophysiol. 2014 Aug 13.

  • Brennan KC. Cortical spreading depression-new insights and persistent questions. Cephalalgia. 2009 Oct 29, 1115-24.

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