Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference March 6-8, 2020


The second annual Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference will be held March 6-8 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Following up on the successful inaugural conference hosted by Cook Children’s in 2019, this year’s conference will once again bring together pediatric neurology colleagues from across Texas to share their expertise, collaborate on new research, and … Continue reading Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference March 6-8, 2020

Dravet Syndrome Foundation Family and Professional Conference


Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center is pleased to welcome those committed to improving the lives of those with Dravet syndrome – including families, caregivers, clinicians, researchers and industry professionals – to Fort Worth on June 18-20, 2020 for the fifth biennial Family and Professional Conference. This three-day event features a professional education … Continue reading Dravet Syndrome Foundation Family and Professional Conference

Child Neurology Foundation Welcomes New Board Member


Cook Children’s Neurology Medical Director M. Scott Perry, M.D., was elected to the Board of Directors for the Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) in December 2019. Founded in 2001, CNF serves pediatric patients with neurological disorders through advocacy, education, research and support initiatives while maintaining a close working relationship with the Child Neurology Society – the … Continue reading Child Neurology Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

New Frontiers for Neurosciences Research


Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s recently finalized a research relationship with the Department of Bioengineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. Funded by the Dodson Neuro Research Endowment, the Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research Center will add postdoctoral research fellows, Ph.D. students and interns to a growing team dedicated to neuroscience … Continue reading New Frontiers for Neurosciences Research

Arachnoid Cysts – Primary Steps for Primary Care


A frequent reason for urgent calls to our neurosurgery clinic is the incidental finding of an arachnoid cyst on a CT or MRI scan of the brain. Often these imaging studies are ordered for headaches, possible seizures, post-concussion symptoms or other neurologic concerns. As the ordering physician, the primary care doctor must determine what role, … Continue reading Arachnoid Cysts – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Infantile Spasms – Primary Steps for Primary Care


A type of severe seizure, infantile spasms require urgent evaluation and treatment. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of infantile spasms is too often delayed because they may be subtle, go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed as some other less serious condition (i.e., reflux). When associated with an electroencephalography (EEG) pattern of hypsarrhythmia (Figure 1), this is known as … Continue reading Infantile Spasms – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Torticollis – Primary Steps for Primary Care


Torticollis is characterized by a lateral head tilt with the chin rotated in the opposite direction. It can be caused by many conditions, most commonly as a result of congenital asymmetry in the lengths of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles. Torticollis occurs in approximately 0.3-1.9% of all live births, more frequently in males, and most commonly … Continue reading Torticollis – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Renewed Hope: Novel Treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Improving Outcomes


Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease that presents as progressive muscle weakness secondary to loss of lower motor neurons in the brainstem and spinal cord. With an incidence of 1 in 10,000 live births, SMA is the most common genetic cause of death in infancy, but new treatments may soon … Continue reading Renewed Hope: Novel Treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Improving Outcomes

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Migraine Treatment


Migraine is a common reason for referral to pediatric neurology. Very often, lifestyle modifications such as improved sleep, regular exercise, adequate hydration and avoidance of migraine triggers can reduce the frequency of migraines. For some, despite these measures, migraines continue to occur many times per month and require further treatment. One approach to treatment includes … Continue reading Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Migraine Treatment

Focus On Research: Cook Children’s Neurosciences Announces Director of New Research Center


The Cook Children’s Dodson Neuro Research Endowment was founded in 2018 to support research aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, along with other common neurological conditions. The Endowment funds a team of dedicated research staff to work closely with neurosciences faculty on study design, data analysis and publication of results. This team’s … Continue reading Focus On Research: Cook Children’s Neurosciences Announces Director of New Research Center