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.

50th Anniversary


December 2015
  • Gordon Chelune received the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s 2015 Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Clinical Neuropsychology Award at the 35th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology in Austin Tx, November 4-7, 2015. His Award Address was titled “Moving Neuropsychology from the Backdoor to the Front Door: Embracing Outcomes in Research and Practice.”

  • Adam de Havenon (PI) received funding from the Incentive Seed Grant from the University of Utah’s Vice President for Research Office for his project “Association of High-Resolution MRI of the Intracranial Vessel Wall with Transcranial Doppler and Systemic Inflammation in Ischemic Stroke Patients,” which will run from 10/20/15–10/31/16.

  • Adam de Havenon received a Faculty Instrumentation Fund Grant for “Cerebral Oximetry of Cardiac Arrest and Ischemic Stroke Patients.” This one year grant will purchase tools to measure regional cerebral oximetry in stroke and cardiac arrest patient.

  • David Renner was appointed to the board of examiners of the Royal College of Physicians / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's East African Diploma of Tropical Medicine and International Health.  He served as a lecturer for neurology in Moshi, Tanzania, and as an external examiner for the live patient bed-side testing in Kampala, Uganda. 

  • Angela Eastvold was appointed chair of the Early Career committee for the Utah Psychological Association.

  • Jana Wold is the new Chair of the Utah Stroke Task Force.

November 2015
  • Kathleen Digre made multiple presentations over the past month: Doc Talk:  October 14, 2015:  Migraine—it is more than a headache, Moran Eye Center.
     Facilitator, Sex and Gender Conference Mayo Clinic, October 19, Rochester, MN.
      Update on Idiopathic Intracranial hypertension October 28, 2015, Moran Eye Center—IIH Support Group.

October 2015
  • Adam de Havenon was awarded the University of Utah KL2 Scholars Program (NIH Grant # UL1 TR001067) with his project “Midodrine for Ischemic Stroke with Penumbra (MISP)”.August 2015

  • Melissa Cortez was awarded an NIH/Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for 10/1/15-10/1/17 for her project: Multimodal autonomic assessment in chronic migraine and post-traumatic headache.

August 2015
  • Gordon Chelune was recently named by the National Academy of Neuropsychology as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award. The award will be presented at the annual conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology later this year in Austin, TX.

  • Kathleen Digre (PI) received renewal of her grant from DHHS OPHS/OWH  on “Coalition for a Healthier Community Program for Utah Women and Girls - Phase II.”

  • Lauren Schrock and Kevin Duff (Co-Is) were awarded a 1-year University of Utah Funding Incentive Seed Grant on “Exogenous Dopamine Effects on Motor Learning in Parkinson Disease.” Lee Dibble of Physical Therapy is the PI on the project.

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.


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Recent Publications

  • Bale JF, Jr., Du Pasquier R.  Relapse in herpes simplex virus encephalitis:  it’s not just about the virus (editorial).  Neurology 2015;85:1730-1.

  • Butterfield RB, Johnson NE.  Therapeutics in Muscular Dystrophy.  Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation (in press).

  • Bale JF, Jr.  Virus and immune-mediated encephalitides:  epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  Pediatric Neurology 2015; 53:3-12.

  • Chung LS, Tkach A, Lingenfelter EM, Dehoney S, Rollo J, de Havenon A, DeWitt LD, Grantz MR, Wang H, Wold JJ, Hannon PM, Weathered NR, Majersik JJ. tPA Prescription and Administration Errors within a Regional Stroke System. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2015 (in press).

  • Digre KB. Benign Essential Blepharospasm-There Is More to It Than Just Blinking. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Dec;35(4):379-81.

  • McCorquodale DM, Pucillo EP, Johnson NE. Management of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: improving long-term care with a multidisciplinary approach.  Journal of Multidisciplinary Care (in press).

  • Nelson GR, Bonkowsky JL, Doll E, Green M, Hedlund GL, Moore KR, Bale JF, Jr.  Recognition and management of acute flaccid myelitis.  Pediatric Neurology (in press).

  • Shprecher D, Kious B, Himle M. Advances in Mechanistic Understanding and Treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Discovery Medicine Volume 20, Number 111, November 2015.

  • Witte MW, Foster NL, Fleisher AS, Williams MW, Quaid K, Wasserman M, Hunt G, Roberts JS, Rabinovici G, Levenson JL, Hake AM, Hunter CA, VanCampen LE, Pontecorvo MJ, Hochstetler HM, Tabas LB, Trzepacz PT (09/2015). Clinical use of amyloid-positron emission tomography neuroimaging: Practical and bioethical considerations. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 1(3), 358-367.

  • Schaefer SY & Duff K. (in press). Rapid responsiveness to practice predicts longer-term retention of upper extremity motor skill in non-demented older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

  • Kinard K, Miller NR, Digre KB, Katz BJ, Crum AV, Warner JE. Blepharospasm in children and adolescents. Childs Nerv Syst. 2015 Oct 28. PubMed PMID: 26510653.

  • Filloux F. Cannabinoids for Pediatric Epilepsy?  Up in Smoke or Real Science?  Translational Pediatrics 2015: 4(4):271-282.

  • Digre KB. The 12th European Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (EUNOS) Meeting, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 21-24, 2015. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Oct 9.

  • Dansithong W, Paul S, Scoles DR, Pulst SM, Huynh DP (2015) Generation of SNCA Cell Models Using Zinc Finger Nuclease (ZFN) Technology for Efficient High-Throughput Drug Screening. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0136930. doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0136930.

  • Afra P, Adamolekun B (2015). Extended Release Topiramate Formulations in Epilepsy. [Review]. Austin J Clin Neurol 2(8), 1066.

  • Beglinger LJ, Adams WH, Fiedorowicz JG, Duff K, Langbehn D, Biglan K, Caviness J, Olson B, & Paulsen JS. (in press). Practice Effects and Stability of Neuropsychological and UHDRS Tests Over Short Retest Intervals in Huntington Disease. Journal of Huntington’s Disease.

  • de Havenon A, Chung L, Majersik JJ, Mossa-Basha M. High-resolution MRI of the Intracranial Arterial Vessel Wall: A Review. Neurovascular Imaging. In Press.

  • Fisher RS,  Afra P,  Macken M,  MinecanDN,  Bagić ,  Benbadis SR, Helmers SL,  Sinha SR, Slater J,  Treiman D,  Begnaud J, Raman P, Najimipour B.  Automatic Vagus Nerve Stimulation Triggered by Ictal Tachycardia: Clinical Outcomes and Device Performance- The US E-37 Trial. (in press) Neuromodulation.

  • Heiry M, Afra P, Matsuo F, Greenlee JE, Clardy SL. Improvement of GAD65-associated autoimmune epilepsy with testosterone replacement therapy. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2015 Aug 13;2(5):e142.

  • Johnson NE, Kaloides A, Jones E.  Neurology Advocacy 2.0: Post SGR Reform.  JAMA Neurology, in press.

  • Kinard K, Osborn AG, Palmer CA, Warner JE, Katz BJ, Crum AV, DeWitt LD, Sonnen JA, Digre KB. Ataxia at the Masquerade Ball. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Sep;35(3):315-8.

  • Majersik, JJ. "Doctor, Did Stress Cause My Stroke?", Editorial on Huang Y, et al. "Association between job strain and risk of incident stroke: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies." Neurology 14 Oct 2015. Selected for press release by Neurology.

  • Mata IF, Jang Y, Kim CH, Hanna DS, Dorschner MO, Samii A, Agarwal P, Roberts JW, Klepitskaya O, Shprecher DR, Chung KA, Factor SA, Espay AJ, Revilla FJ, Higgins DS, Litvan I, Leverenz JB, Yearout D, Inca-Martinez M, Martinez E, Thompson TR, Cholerton BA, Hu SC, Edwards KL, Kim KS, Zabetian CP. The RAB39B p.G192R mutation causes X-linked dominant Parkinson's disease. Mol Neurodegener. 2015 Sep 24;10(1):50.

  • Nelson RE, Okon N, Lesko AC, Majersik JJ, Bhatt A, Baraban E. The Cost-Effectiveness of Telestroke in the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2015.

  • Wall M, Falardeau J, Fletcher WA, Granadier RJ, Lam BL, Longmuir RA, Patel AD,Bruce BB, He H, McDermott MP; NORDIC Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Study Group. Risk factors for poor visual outcome in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Neurology. 2015 Sep 1;85(9):799-805.

  • Afra, P, Jouny CC, Bergey GK (In Press). Termination patterns of complex partial seizures: An intracranial EEG study. Seizure.

  • Dansithong, W., Paul, S., Ho, M.H.T., Scoles, D.R., Pulst, S.M., and Huynh, D.P. Generation of SNCA cell models using zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) technology for efficient high- throughput drug screening. Plos One, In press.

  • de Havenon A, Yuan C, Tirschwell D, et al. Nonstenotic Culprit Plaque: The Utility of High-Resolution Vessel Wall MRI of Intracranial Vessels after Ischemic Stroke. Case Reports in Radiology 2015;2015:e356582.

  • Hammers, D., Ramirez, G., Persad, C., Heidebrink, J., Barbas, N., & Giordani, G. (In press). Diagnostic profiles of patients differentially failing executive functioning measures. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.

  • Heatwole CR, Johnson NE, Bode R, Dekdebrun J, Dilek N, Hilbert JE, Luebbe E, Martens WB, McDermott MP, Quinn C, Rothrock N, Thornton CA, Vickery BA, Victorson D, Moxley RT.  PRISM-2: Patient reported impact of symptoms in Myotonic dystrophy type-2.  Neurology, in press.

  • Jagust WJ, Lahdau SM, Koeppe RA, Reiman EM, Chen K, Mathis C, Price, JC, Foster NL, Wang AY.  The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2 PET Core: 2015.  Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 11, 757-771.

  • Johnson NE, Abbott D, Cannon-Albright LA.  Relative Risks for Comorbidities Associated with Myotonic Dystrophy: A Population-Based Analysis.  Muscle and Nerve, in press.

  • Johnson NE, Hung M, Nasser E, Hagerman KA, Chen W, Ciafaloni E, Heatwole CR.  The impact of pregnancy on myotonic dystrophy: A registry-based study.  Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, in press.

  • Kinard K, Osborn AG, Palmer CA, Warner JE, Katz BJ, Crum AV, DeWitt LD, Sonnen JA, Digre KB. Ataxia at the Masquerade Ball. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26067029.

  • Sangle N, Baringer JR, Majersik J, DeWitt LD. CADASIL with Multiorgan Involvement: a Complete Autopsy Examination Report. Can J Neurol Sci. 2015 Jul 3:1-4. PMID: 26138243

  • 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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