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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…

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…

Dystonia and DBS article from Palm Beach Post

This is an older article from the Palm Beach Post in 2007 about one of our patients. One mother’s walking miracle – By Rachel Sauer – Sunday, May 13, 2007 Excerpt: “Please,” Viviana remembers pleading. “Please. We can’t do this anymore.” Sharma called Dr. Michael Okun, a neurologist…

FGATIR – New imaging method for visualizing DBS targets developed at UF

We have recently developed and employed a Fast Gray Matter Acquisition T1 Inversion Recovery (FGATIR – pronounced F-gator) 3T MRI sequence to more reliably visualize the structures targeted in deep brain stimulation. You can see comparative screenshots of the FGATIR vs T1 and T2 FLAIR on the FGATIR page.

The sweet spot? UF doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

Excerpt from UF Health Science Center News article: Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or…