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Duke Neurology in the News: November 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November isn't even half over, but five faculty members and one resident from the Duke Department of Neurology have already appeared on local and national outlets. They lent their expertise to stories on upcoming clinical trials for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), burnout within medicine and the specialty of neurology, lessons to be a better teacher, training clinicians in neuro-rehabilitation in Nigeria, and other subjects. Here are brief summaries of each of these stories as well as links to the stories themselves.

Wuwei "Wayne" Feng, MD, MS, traveled to Nigeria last December with the Flying Faculty, which delivers expert training programs in neuro-rehabilitation around the world. NR Times, the leading neuro-rehabilitation magazine, wrote about the logistical and infrastructure challenges they faced, as well as how they were able to help the providers they met. Read that story here.

Good teachers aren’t born that way, but they can learn from their peers. Duke Today recently published “Five things to know about great teaching,” in which three celebrated Duke instructors, including our own Leonard White, PhD, shared some of the lessons they learned with junior faculty. It’s a great read for anyone who teachers or who has an interest in learning. Read it here.

Resident Paul McIntosh, MD, appeared on ABC11 news last week to discuss the RDC marathon held at Southpoint over the weekend, which helped raise money for ALS research. McIntosh spoke about the race, ALS, and the importance of additional research. He also ran in the race along with many of our faculty, providers and trainees. Watch that interview here.

Burnout in medicine has become a national crisis, especially in the field of neurology. Sneha Mantri, MD, MS, Andrew Spector, MD, and Nada El-Husseini, MD, wrote about the factors that contribute to burnout and how increased compensation may be key to reducing it on Medpagetoday's KevinMD blog. Read their essay here.

Clinical trials for ALS are starting at Duke University Hospital by the end of the year. Reporter Margaret Johnson spoke to Rick Bedlack, MD, PhD, and visited the lab of Al La Spada, MD, PhD, to talk about these trials and the research that’s helped lead to them. She also spoke to Bedlack about the growing number of ALS reversals that he’s helped to document. Here’s a link to that story.