Brooklynn & Dr. Kalamangalam

Seizing the Day: Brooklynn’s Escape From Epilepsy

Robyn Nelson called louder and louder for her 4-year-old daughter, who was somehow drifting away despite lying right by her mother’s side. “Mommy, where are you? I don’t see you,” […]

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Ribbon cutting at the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases!

On June 19, UF Health leaders cut the ribbon on the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, 24,700-square-foot interdisciplinary care and research facility that houses the UF […]

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Welcome to the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases!

Learn about the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health’s mission and the generous gift that helped create it.

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How to Choose the right DBS Device

Selecting the right deep brain stimulation (DBS) system is a complex decision. Dr. Michael Okun, chair of UF neurology, explains DBS and the patients it helps, and offers tips for […]

Diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s 10 years ago, former college basketball coach Gary Keating (left) participated in a research study by UF professor/researcher David Vaillancourt (right). Little did Keating know that Vaillancourt coaches youth basketball in his spare time – and that the doctor would challenge him to a game of one-on-one in the O’Dome.

A UF researcher has unlocked a new way to diagnose – and maybe treat – Parkinson’s.

But in the O’Dome, a patient is showing him daily basketball drills to relieve the disease’s symptoms. by Barbara Drake It’s a chilly December morning in Gainesville, and inside the […]

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Neurology News

Christina Wilson, MD, Vascular neurology assistant professor

Dr. Christina Wilson named interim chief of the stroke division!

Jul 1st, 2019

The UF Department of Neurology is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Wilson, M.D. PhD., to the position of Interim Chief of the Vascular Neurology Division. Dr. Wilson joined […]

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Image-based analysis and long-term clinical outcomes of deep brain stimulation for Tourette syndrome: a multisite study

Jun 19th, 2019

Congratulations to Drs. Leonardo Almeida,  Aysegul Gunduz, Wei Hu, Kelly D Foote, and Michael S Okun on the publication of “Image-based analysis and long-term clinical outcomes of deep brain stimulation for Tourette […]

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Effects of a Cycling Dual Task on Emotional Word Choice in Parkinson’s Disease

Jun 18th, 2019

Congratulations to Drs Okun & Hass on the publication of “Effects of a Cycling Dual Task on Emotional Word Choice in Parkinson’s Disease.”  This article was published in the May […]

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UF researchers earn Parkinson’s Foundation award

Jun 11th, 2019

A group of UF researchers recently received a Parkinson’s Foundation Impact Award to pilot a novel, low-cost intervention for improving motor skills and cognition in individuals with Parkinson disease at […]


Welcome to the Department!

Jun 5th, 2019

Please welcome Shirley Chua, Patient Intake at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases Amber Miller, Clinical Research Coordinator Dequan King, Clinical Services Coordinator Maria Bolanos, Research Coordinator  

Find an AED. Save a life.

Jun 4th, 2019

Do you have an AED in your campus building or dorm room? Is it registered? Help responders know where to find it – register it in PulsePoint AED during the […]

Residency Information

The goal of the Neurology Residency Training Program is to prepare residents for a career in academic neurology, with well-rounded strengths in clinical care, professionalism, research, and education. We are confident that every resident who we accept into our program will be able, with suitable application, to become a first-rate neurologist.

See "Education" section above for more information on how to apply.



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Michael Okun Talks About the Complexity and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Michael Okun, M.D., chair of neurology, co-director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Norman Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, and national medical director of the Parkinson’s Foundation, was […]

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Stem Cells and Parkinson’s

Click here to listen! Stem cells – those cells that can give rise to so many cell types in the body – have been touted as the cure-all for a […]

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How to Manage Parkinson’s “Off” Time

Parkinson’s can be unpredictable – symptoms can come and go or get better and worse throughout the day. These so-called “on-off” fluctuations (also called motor fluctuations) and dyskinesias can be […]

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Solving the Puzzle of Living with Parkinson’s

Harvesting Happiness with guest Dr. Michael Okun Host Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA is an Applied Positive Psychology and lifestyle management consultant specializing in the fields of addiction and trauma recovery, life-crises triage, integrated wellbeing and mindful living. Her mission-driven international […]

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Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s

In this debut episode of Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s, brought to you by the National Parkinson Foundation, Dr. Michael Okun talks about early warning signs of Parkinson’s […]

Patient Information Videos

Patient Education Videos

Stem Cell Treatment in Parkinsons Disease Below is a video presented as an interview between Dr. Aparna Wagle-Shukla and Dr. Wissam Deeb which discussed the use and prospects of Stem […]

Monthly Blog

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Seizures and Pregnancy

By Jean Cibula, MD, FAES On May 9, 2019, the Google doodle (the picture or animation on the Google search page) highlighted Dr Lucy Wills, a British hematologist who first identified […]

From Linda Mohr's Blog

Dr. Michael Okun Parkinson’s Consultation

By Linda A. Mohr in About PD, Living Your Best Traveling to Movement Disorder Specialist I was excited to be on a Sunday road trip on December 2, 2018, to Gainesville, Florida to meet […]

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Preparing for First Visit with Movement Disorder Specialist

By Linda A. Mohr in About PD, Living Your Best, My Doings   I am responsible for preparing for first visit with my movement disorder specialist to help achieve successful results. According to the Davis […]

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Tourette Awareness Month

May 9th, 2019

Join the Tourette Association, the North Central Florida Support Group and the Normal Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health in supporting the mission to raise awareness for Tourettes […]

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Dance for MS

Aug 13th, 2018

New dance class for people living with Multiple Sclerosis A dance class designed to enhance health and vitality by improving posture, kinetic awareness, coordination, balance, social wellbeing and more. This […]

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GEMS- Gainesville Exercise group for MS

Aug 10th, 2018

Date: Every Tuesday Time: 9:30am – 10:30am Location: Senior Rec Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd., Gainesville, FL, 32653 Instructor: Rachel Bennett from Swamp Fitness Contact/group leader: Nicole Tester, PhD, MOTR/L […]