Genetic Epilepsy program expands with sleep specialist and neuropharmacist


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 … Continue reading Genetic Epilepsy program expands with sleep specialist and neuropharmacist

Primary steps for primary care: Sleep disorders in epilepsy and cerebral palsy


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 … Continue reading Primary steps for primary care: Sleep disorders in epilepsy and cerebral palsy

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