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New programs, research, stories, and continued efforts to provide the best neurosciences care to patients.

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Forging the way as leaders.

The Arcuate, from the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center, provides information on new programs, innovations and our continued efforts to bring the best neurosciences care to the patients of Cook Children’s, the state of Texas, and beyond.

Latin for “curved bundle,” the arcuate fasciculus is essential to communication, as it connects Wernicke’s area (receptive speech) to Broca’s area (expressive speech) in the brain. Without it, we could never effectively convey our ideas, accomplishments and plans for the future.

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Forging the way as leaders.

The Arcuate, from the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center, provides information on new programs, innovations and our continued efforts to bring the best neurosciences care to the patients of Cook Children’s, the state of Texas, and beyond.

Latin for “curved bundle,” the arcuate fasciculus is essential to communication, as it connects Wernicke’s area (receptive speech) to Broca’s area (expressive speech) in the brain. Without it, we could never effectively convey our ideas, accomplishments and plans for the future.

The Arcuate Newsletter keeps you on the edge of research news.

Sign up to receive relevant updates on research, programs and our continued efforts in pediatric neuroscience.

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doctor linh tran Linh Tran, D.O., M.S., joins Cook Children’s Epilepsy Program (7/27/2021) - Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center continues to grow our team in an effort to provide the highest quality care to children in our region. In August 2021, Dr. Linh Tran joins Neurology as an epileptologist in our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. Dr. Tran is a native of Fort Worth and completed her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at University of North Texas Health… Continue reading Linh Tran, D.O., M.S., joins Cook Children’s Epilepsy Program
Mitochondrial team Teaming up to treat mitochondrial disorders (4/22/2021) - Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the human body. They are present in every human organ and are responsible for cellular energy production. As a result, mitochondrial disorders can involve one or many organ systems and are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Examples of mitochondrial disorders include Alpers disease, mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS), Leigh syndrome myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red… Continue reading Teaming up to treat mitochondrial disorders
functional neurologic disorders New collaboration to improve treatment of functional neurologic disorders (4/22/2021) - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic puts all of our coping skills to the test. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable, with a rapidly growing number experiencing novel mental health symptoms. Many will exhibit abnormal physical and psychological manifestations that can lead to a functional neurologic disorder (FND), a dysfunction of the brain’s normal mechanisms to control the body. Psychogenic non-epileptic events are one of the… Continue reading New collaboration to improve treatment of functional neurologic disorders
team Genetic Epilepsy program expands with sleep specialist and neuropharmacist (1/29/2021) - Cook Children’s Genetic Epilepsy Program was founded as a collaboration between Neurology (M. Scott Perry, M.D.) and Genetics (Alice Basinger, M.D.) to better serve children with rare epilepsies secondary to genetic etiology. The program helps children with confirmed diagnoses, as well as children whose genetic testing results are unclear (i.e., variants of uncertain significance) and those with negative test results despite a high suspicion for… Continue reading Genetic Epilepsy program expands with sleep specialist and neuropharmacist
sleeping baby Primary steps for primary care: Sleep disorders in epilepsy and cerebral palsy (1/29/2021) - Sleep disorders are common among the general pediatric population, but children with neurologic conditions are more likely to develop certain sleep disorders. Two of the most common pediatric neurologic conditions—epilepsy and cerebral palsy—and their frequently associated sleep disorders are presented here. Recognizing the elements that contribute to sleep disturbances in these unique populations can guide initial evaluation and management. Restoring sleep may not only… Continue reading Primary steps for primary care: Sleep disorders in epilepsy and cerebral palsy
Girl undergoin HD-EEG test Updates from Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research Center (1/28/2021) - New postdoctoral fellow joins the team The Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center and Dodson Neurosciences Research Endowment at Cook Children’s Health Care System hired Rupesh K. Chikara, Ph.D.,  who will work as a postdoctoral research fellow on National Institutes of Health-funded projects related to pediatric refractory epilepsy under the supervision of Christos Papadelis , Ph.D., director of the Cook Children’s Neuroscience Research Center. Dr. Chikara received… Continue reading Updates from Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research Center
Dr. Acord with patient Early Identification and Improving Life-Long Outcomes in Cerebral Palsy Patients (10/21/2020) - Cook Children’s neurologist, Stephanie Acord, M.D., discusses the importance of early identification of cerebral palsy, common misconceptions of the diagnoses as well as new diagnostic methods and therapies for children with mild to severe cerebral palsy and how they are helping improve life-long outcomes. Continue reading Early Identification and Improving Life-Long Outcomes in Cerebral Palsy Patients
Epilepsy patient preparing for MEG News from Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research Center (10/21/2020) - Dr. Song awarded 2020 AACPDM grant Yanlong Song Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s was awarded the 2020 American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Research Grant, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Pediatric Rehabilitation Resource Center. His project, Multi-modal Neuroimaging in Children with Hemiplegia to Assess… Continue reading News from Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research Center
Girl being comforted during seizure Epilepsy Awareness: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Program (10/21/2020) - November 1 marks the beginning of Epilepsy Awareness Month across the U.S. Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center makes this month a priority each year to raise awareness for this common, yet rarely discussed condition. Epilepsy affects 1 in 26 people during their lifetime and 3.4 million people currently live with active epilepsy in the U.S. Throughout November, landmarks across Fort Worth… Continue reading Epilepsy Awareness: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Program
microcephely Primary Steps for Primary Care: Microcephaly (10/21/2020) - Central to a newborn examination is the tracking of growth parameters; head circumference is a key component in that evaluation. Identification of an abnormal head circumference, especially in the context of developmental delays, warrants evaluation by a neurologist and possibly a geneticist. Though it’s a frequently encountered exam finding, microcephaly is a poorly defined condition with a myriad of causes and lack of uniform… Continue reading Primary Steps for Primary Care: Microcephaly
tuberculosis brain scan Primary steps for primary care: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) (7/27/2021) - TSC is an autosomal dominant neurocutaneous disorder affecting one in every 6,000-10,000 people. TSC manifests with multi-organ involvement including the skin, central nervous system, heart, lungs, eyes and kidneys. The most common identified cause is a variant in the tumor suppressor genes TSC1 or TSC2, on chromosomes 9p34 and 16p13, respectively. Abnormalities of these genes result in abnormal proteins, hamartin and tuberin, causing a… Continue reading Primary steps for primary care: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)
u.s. news recognition Continuing a tradition of excellence (7/27/2021) - In June 2021, U.S. News and World Report once again unveiled its list of Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking multiple pediatric subspecialties based on excellence in clinical services, outcomes, patient experience and reputation. The Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center is pleased to be recognized for the 11th consecutive year among the best pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery programs in the United States. Ranked #29 for… Continue reading Continuing a tradition of excellence
harris foundation tree logo Neurosciences Research Center receives major grant from Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation (7/27/2021) - Crystal Cooper , Ph.D., a principal investigator at Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center , recently received a research grant from the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. The grant for up to $100,000, will help fund her work investigating Cognitive and Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Well-being in Youth with and without Epilepsy. The mission of the Harris Foundation is to eradicate suicide by funding depression research,… Continue reading Neurosciences Research Center receives major grant from Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation
Doctor, father, child New program aims to improve access to mental health services (7/27/2021) - Disorders of the nervous system frequently include symptoms and comorbid conditions beyond those typically managed by neurologists and neurosurgeons. For example, patients with Dravet syndrome can experience hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, while patients with muscular dystrophy more frequently experience mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and other cognitive impairments. Addressing both the physical and mental health aspects of neurological disorders is vital to ensure… Continue reading New program aims to improve access to mental health services

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Forging the way as leaders.

The Arcuate, from the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center, provides information on new programs, innovations and our continued efforts to bring the best neurosciences care to the patients of Cook Children’s, the state of Texas, and beyond.

Latin for “curved bundle,” the arcuate fasciculus is essential to communication, as it connects Wernicke’s area (receptive speech) to Broca’s area (expressive speech) in the brain. Without it, we could never effectively convey our ideas, accomplishments and plans for the future.

The Arcuate Newsletter keeps you on the edge of research news.

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