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Leslie Merryman

Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit Comes to UF Health Surgeon’s Rescue

Emergency personnel arrived at Paul Dell’s home, where his wife led them upstairs. They found him sitting upright in a chair, unable to say his name, age or answer basic questions. It spent a whole week sneaking up on Paul, picking random times to rob him of the ability to…

Diffusion MRI relates to plasma Aβ42/40 in PET negative participants without dementia

Congratulations to Drs. David Vaillancourt, Melissa Armstrong and Karen McFarland on the publication of “Diffusion MRI relates to plasma Aβ42/40 in PET negative participants without dementia,” which appears in the March edition of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Abstract Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers are needed for indexing early biological stages of…

Rhythmic Jaw Movements in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Is It Clonus or Tremor?

Congratulations to Dr. Aparna Shukla on the publication of “Rhythmic Jaw Movements in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Is It Clonus or Tremor?,” which appears as a video abstract in Tremor and other Hyperkinetic Movements. Abstract Background: Jaw clonus refers to involuntary, rhythmic jaw contractions induced by a hyperactive trigeminal nerve stretch…

Neuromodulation for the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome – A systematic review

Congratulations to Drs. Michael S. Okun, Kelly D. Foote, and Aysegul Gunduz, on the publication of ” Neuromodulation for the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome – A systematic review,” which appears in the April edition of Neurotherapeutics. Abstract Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex, genetic disorder characterized by multisystem involvement, including hyperphagia, maladaptive behaviors and endocrinological derangements.

Dr. David Vaillancourt Newly Endowed Chair!

David Vaillancourt was recently installed as the Orchid Endowed Chair by Dean Reid from the College of Health and Human Performance who presented David a special hand-made engraved medallion for his amazing achievements. David is changing the standard of care for use of MRI in Parkinson’s disease and we were…

Longitudinal Free-Water Changes in Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Congratulations to Drs. Shannon Chiu, Melissa Armstrong and David Vaillancourt on the publication of ” Longitudinal Free-Water Changes in Dementia with Lewy Bodies,” which was published in March 2024 edition of Movement Disorders. Abstract Background: Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) examines tissue microstructure integrity in vivo. Prior dementia with Lewy bodies…

When does memory loss merit dementia screening?

“It is crucial for folks to appreciate that, with aging, it is common to occasionally forget names or misplace items,” Dr. Michael S. Okun, director of Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at University of Florida Health and medical advisor to the Parkinson’s Foundation, tells TODAY.com.