Duke Neurology 2019: A year in review (Part 2 of 2)
The Duke Neurology Department's successes and growth continued in the second half of 2019. Our continued rise in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings was the result of an ongoing plan to improve care for every neurological patient that comes to Duke. We welcomed a new class of residents and fellows, new division chiefs, and a new division of Translational Brain Sciences. And more than 50 new studies advanced our understanding and ability to help people living with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, sleep apnea, and other neurological conditions. Here are a few of our highlights of our last six months.
- Magnify, a new online magazine from the Duke School of Medicine, debuts with a feature story focusing on Leonard White, PhD, introducing the wonders of the human brain to more than 120 first year medical students.
- Thirty-three years after joining the Duke Neurology Department, James Burke, MD, PhD celebrates his retirement from clinical practice Tuesday night with faculty, staff, and family at The Pit restaurant in Durham.
- Duke Neurology and Neurosurgery rise for the third year in a row in U.S. News and World Report's 30th annual hospital rankings, up from 46 in 2017 to 23 in 2019.
- Saurabh Sinha, MD, PhD, and Neurosurgery's Derek Southwell, MD, PhD collaborate to perform the first deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures for epilepsy in North Carolina, offering a new option for patients who experience seizures that cannot be successfully managed with medical therapy.
- Fast action on the part of neurologists and emergency providers allows stroke patient Danae Edmonds, 27, to receive treatment just14 minutes after arriving at Duke University Hospital.
- Duke's "Blue Devil of the Week" Dana Lott, DPT, NCS, talks about the satisfaction she finds helping patients in Duke Neurology’s inpatient unit navigate the early stages of trying to rebuild the connection between their brains and their bodies.
- Duke Medical Alumni News runs a feature story on a $1 million Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant awarded to Cagla Eroglu, PhD, Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, and Al La Spada, to study the role astrocytes, star-shaped cells that nurture and help form connections between neurons, play in the development of Parkinson's disease.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards $7.8 million for the launch of a rare disease network, called MGNet, to drive research in myasthenia gravis and which will be led by experts from George Washington University, Yale University, and Duke University.
- Department Chair Richard O'Brien, MD, PhD, appears on Headscratchers, a new podcast from the Duke University School of Medicine, answering why a person might be able to recall a retirement party they attended thirty years ago, but not what they had for lunch that day and other questions.
- Magnify publishes a feature story on Alexandra Angelova, who has been living with the neurodegenerative disease SCA7 for the past decade, and on how the research of Al La Spada, MD, PhD, is investigating new treatments for this condition.
- Six new studies from members of the Duke Department of Neurology advanced the field of clinical and translational neuroscience, including discussions of the potential for brain stimulation technologies for stroke and brain injury, and lessons learned from the innovative TOMMORROW study.
- Allison Gibson, ACNP, talks about the respect and teamwork that brings the Neuro Intensive Care Unit's team together, earning her doctorate, co-opening a fitness studio, and raising an eight-year-old in her spare time.