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University of Texas Picks up $50 Million to Fund Patient Care and Research in Neuroscience

James and Miriam Mulva and the Mulva Family Foundation have donated $50 million to advance neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin.

“We are pleased to establish a new and innovative neurology clinic combining UT Austin’s state-of-the-art research with advanced clinical operations for these widespread and difficult diseases that impact so many people and families,” said Jim and Miriam Mulva.

The $50 million grant creates the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, which will be located at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. The Mulva Clinic will underwrite neuroscience patient care, research and clinical operations, with a special emphasis initially on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and bipolar disorder.

“I deeply appreciate the Mulva family’s continual support of the university and especially this transformational gift for the advancement of neurosciences across many disciplines at UT Austin,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “Their generous investment to form the Mulva Clinic will enable the Dell Medical School to expand dramatically innovative clinical services for patients deeply affected by neurological disorders while also pursuing our vision for reshaping value-based health care and overall population health.”

The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences will grow alongside the Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be created on a top-tier, Association of American Universities-member research campus in about 50 years. Dell Med Dean Clay Johnston, himself a neurologist, said the clinic will open a new range of services and treatments to the people of Central Texas — including low-income and uninsured patients — and reinforce the school’s transformational work.

“I have spent many years caring for people with neurological and psychiatric diseases and seen the great impact they have on individuals and their families. The Mulva Clinic will make a real difference addressing these devastating health issues that have afflicted far too many people,” Johnston said. “The gift allows us to launch on a trajectory to become a world-class center for the treatment and study of these diseases, pulling together great strengths that already exist across the university and in the community. We’re looking forward to some amazing collaborations.”

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Arizona Neurologist Honored by American Academy of Neurology for Sports Concussion Awareness

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has named neurologist Javier Cárdenas, MD of Phoenix, Arizona as the AAN Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Advocate of the Year.

Cárdenas received his award at the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum this month, for his exceptional work in creating Barrow Brainbook, the nation’s first mandated concussion education and test for student athletes in Arizona.

Cárdenas and Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center collaborated with the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Interscholastic Association to design BarrowBrainbook, a module that all Arizona high school athletes are now required to pass before participating in any sport.

The award recognizes the exemplary efforts of graduates of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum, a skills-development program designed by the AAN to train selected members to be effective advocates for their patients and their profession.

Cárdenas graduated in the advocacy class of 2008, and served as an advisor in 2009. He has been a member of the AAN since 2007. Cárdenas created the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, the nation’s most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program

“Many cases of brain injuries are under diagnosed and mishandled for a lack of education on diagnosing and treating sports concussions,” said Cárdenas. “This program is created to prevent harmful practices that can cause or exacerbate a concussion as well as offer treatment options.”

Barrow Brainbook is an online educational module about concussion designed for the high school athlete. The module features computer-generated animation, interviews with physicians, peers, and local professional athletes, as well as video footage of actual concussions. Since its 2012 creation, 260,000 Arizona high school athletes have completed the innovative training.

Cárdenas serves on Arizona State Governor’s Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries as well as the Arizona Neurological Society. He also serves on the National Football League’s (NFL) Head, Neck, and Spine Committee where he advises the NFL on best practices for concussion prevention and management.

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AAN: Doctors Have Ethical Obligation to Educate, Protect Athletes from Concussion

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the largest professional association of neurologists and a leading authority on sports concussion, is releasing a new position paper that states doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion and clear them to play only when the athlete is medically ready, standing firm against objections from players, parents or coaches. The statement is published in the July 9, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the AAN, and is being released ahead of The Sports Concussion Conference, July 11-13, 2014, in Chicago, where the AAN will share the latest scientific advances in diagnosing and treating sports concussion.

The AAN position statement calls for doctors to safeguard the future mental and physical health of athletes as a top priority, especially regarding return-to-play decision-making. Physicians also must educate patients and their families about the dangers of concussion in all relevant sports, according to the statement.

The Academy has spent several years analyzing all of the available research and ethical issues to develop this official position paper, which corresponds with the AAN’s guideline on sports concussion.

“With nearly four million sports-related concussions in the US each year, it is imperative doctors are educated and protect these athletes who may have sustained a concussion,” said lead author Matthew P. Kirschen, MD, PhD, a neurologist with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Concussions can have devastating effects such as short-term impairments in athletes’ cognitive and athletic performance. Repeat concussions have been linked to long-term impairments in brain function, such as problems with learning, memory and behavior.”

The statement also:

  • Supports wider use of baseline cognitive testing
  • Recommends that concussion evaluation and management training be added to neurology residency programs
  • Suggests the development of a national concussion registry with mandatory reporting, which may help to document more rigorously the incidence and recurrence of concussion at all levels of play

Ethically, the statement concludes that physicians caring for athletes during and after a sports-related concussion should have adequate training and experience in the recognition and evaluation of both the existence and severity of potential brain injury.

“These strategies could help identify the threshold at which the number and severity of head injuries leads to irreversible brain injury. They may also help to clarify how concussion risk varies with factors like age, gender, puberty stage and ethnicity so athletes and parents can make informed decisions about playing contact sports,” said Kirschen.

Because sports concussion is a major issue in the world of health care and staying up-to-date on the latest research in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussion is critical for any neurology professional, the American Academy of Neurology is hosting its first The Sports Concussion Conference, July 11-13, 2014, in Chicago. Attendees will learn how to apply the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of sports concussion; understand post-concussion syndrome, including neurocognitive testing; apply skills to the professional, collegiate and high school arenas; and better understand the related controversies, second impact syndrome and more. Follow # to receive updates from The Sports Concussion Conference.

Learn more about sports concussion at AAN.com/concussion. Download the AAN’s newly updated sports “Concussion Quick Check” appat AAN.com/practice/sports-concussion-toolkit.


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