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Tyler’s Hope gives $1 million for dystonia research

Rick Staab discusses the reasons for giving the money to start the dystonia center On February 21st, Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure and the University of Florida held a news conference to announce a new dystonia research center being formed at UF with a $1 million gift.  …

Dr. Okun among UF researchers speaking this weekend in D.C.

Dr. Okun spoke this morning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 177th Annual meeting in Washington DC. Three other UF researchers will also be speaking at different points this weekend. Okun’s presentation at 9 a.m. Friday will deal with the growing opportunity to provide relief…

Tyler’s Hope Think Tank on DYT-1 Dystonia going on now

Hosted here at the UF McKnight Brain Institute, the Tyler’s Hope Think Tank is bringing together a couple dozen of the best minds in dystonia research to present some of their research and thoughts, and to provide questions and critiques on their colleagues’ work to push the field forward. For…

Paper: Quetiapine improves visual hallucinations in PD but not through normalization of sleep architecture

Abstract (paper published in International Journal of Neuroscience): Int J Neurosci. 2009;119(12):2196-205. Quetiapine improves visual hallucinations in Parkinson disease but not through normalization of sleep architecture: results from a double-blind clinical-polysomnography study. Fernandez HH, Okun MS, Rodriguez RL, Malaty IA, Romrell J, Sun A, Wu SS, Pillarisetty S, Nyathappa A,…

Two UFs publish case report on L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria in a family

A team from the University of Florida and the University of Freiburg in Germany collaborated for this case report: Int J Neurosci. 2009;119(11):2118-23. Tracing the origin of L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria in a family. Sass JO, Romrell JS, Vinson SY, Fernandez HH, Fischer J, Rodriguez RL, Okun MS. Labor für…

Gainesville’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Raise Money for UF MDC

On Friday Night Oct 30, 2009 Charlie and Michael Sperrazza presented the UF Movement Disorders Center with a $5000 dollar check to support research. The Eagles have been amazingly loyal supporters of the MDC and their contributions over the years have helped keep the creative research spirit alive and prospering.

UF Publishes Study on ER Encounters and DBS

UF just published a study in this month’s Journal of Neurology citing that most ER encounters are not DBS related– We must remember to take care of the whole patient. The first author was Andrew Resnick! Abstract follows: J Neurol. 2009 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print] The…

Canada’s Globe & Mail interviews Michael J. Fox on his Foundation

Michael J. Fox sits down with the Globe and Mail to talk about Parkinson Disease and his research foundation. The foundation demands that scientists share results and tools, and it closely monitors their work. But it also encourages them to take risks, devoting roughly $2-million a year to…

UF scientists construct ‘off switch’ for Parkinson therapy

Please read the complete article here. Excerpts follow: Together, the findings suggest that gene therapy to enable the brain to retain its ability to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that falls in critically short supply in Parkinson’s patients, could be safely attempted during earlier stages of the disease…