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UF Health first in U.S. to implant new, advanced deep brain stimulation system

An advanced deep brain stimulation system that can more precisely target motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders has been implanted in a patient by University of Florida Health neurosurgeons and neurologists. It’s a first in the United States for the newly FDA-approved technology.   Read more……

Double blind randomized controlled trial of deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical trial design

Congratulations to Drs. Foote and Okun on the publication of “Double blind randomized controlled trial of deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical trial design,” in the latest edition of Contemporary Clinical Trials Communication. Abstract Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a leading cause of disability, affects ∼1–2% of the…

Bad Air and Parkinson Disease—The Fog May Be Lifting

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Okun on the publication of “Bad Air and Parkinson Disease—The Fog May Be Lifting,” which was published in the May 17th edition of JAMA Neurology.   At the same time James Parkinson was describing 6 individuals in London, England, with a novel shuffling disease, British…

Robust α-synuclein pathology in select brainstem neuronal populations is a potential instigator of multiple system atrophy

Congratulations Dr. Nikolaus McFarland on the publication of “Robust α-synuclein pathology in select brainstem neuronal populations is a potential instigator of multiple system atrophy.”  This article was published in the May issue of Acta Neuropathologica Communications.   Abstract Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an insidious middle age-onset neurodegenerative…

Neurocritical Care team earns patient safety award

Members of the University of Florida Neurocritical Care team have been awarded the W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Safety Award, co-sponsored by the UF College of Medicine Continuing Medical Education and the Florida Self-Insurance Program.

Dr. Michael Okun – Winner of Clinical Science Research Award!

Michael Okun, MD was recently announced as the winner of the 2021 College of Medicine Clinical Science Research Award. Each year the college presents an award to a clinical science faculty member for outstanding achievement, productivity and research discovery. Michael Okun, MD, an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders…

Spatial artistic displays of emotional valence

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Heilman on the publication of “Spatial artistic displays of emotional valence,” in the April edition of Laterality Asymmetries of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition. ABSTRACT Background: While right-left hemispheric valence dichotomies have been demosntrated in various lesion stidues, it not entirely known if these dichotomies are portrayed in art.