Epilepsy Awareness: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Program


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 … Continue reading Epilepsy Awareness: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Program

Neurology Expanding Services in Texas


Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center continues to expand our faculty and services in an effort to provide the highest quality, convenient care to children in our region. We recognize the difficulties many families face when traveling long distances to reach providers at our main campus in Fort Worth. For many years we … Continue reading Neurology Expanding Services in Texas

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

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

New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation


A child’s first unprovoked seizure is one of the most common problems referred to pediatric neurologists. This affects up to 40,000 children each year. While most of these patients will never have a second seizure, it is a frightening time for the family as they await diagnostic workup and neurology consultation. To help expedite care, … Continue reading New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation

Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes


 It is well known that early-life epilepsies (ELEs) are associated with poor outcomes including intractable or drug-resistant seizures, developmental and cognitive disabilities, poor regulation of other functions controlled by the nervous system, as well as increased risk for mortality. Early-life epilepsies are defined by a diagnosis of epilepsy greater than 28 days of life and … Continue reading Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes

Inaugural Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Conference a Success


Texas is fortunate to have multiple nationally-recognized Pediatric Neuroscience programs providing care for children. An essential component to the success of these programs has been a willingness to share expertise, collaborate on new research, and work together to improve the care of children in our state. With these goals in mind, Medical Director of Neurology … Continue reading Inaugural Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Conference a Success

Testing for Success – Primary Steps for Primary Care


Hearing the word “neuropsychological” can make any child feel confused and scared. The idea of testing may also bring up unpleasant associations with school tests or painful shots. At Cook Children’s, our program is developed with kids in mind. Tests are introduced as “games,” and most children find them fun and entertaining. Pediatric neuropsychologists are … Continue reading Testing for Success – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Epilepsy Treatment Options


Neurologists have access to many anti-seizure medications to help epilepsy patients, however when those medications do not work, there are other epilepsy treatment options. Dr. Saleem Malik, M.D., explains additional options to treat epilepsy, including surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, responsive neurostimulation and ketogenic diet. To learn more about these options, please watch this video. We’re … Continue reading Epilepsy Treatment Options