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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.

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Christos Papadelis Aristotle Medical Forum 2022 (5/13/2022) - Our Director of Neuroscience Research Christos Papadelis, Ph.D., was honored to be invited as a keynote speaker in the upcoming Aristotle Medical Forum, an international forum consisting of Greek and foreign renowned scientists that aims to connect medicine and medical technology with the industry and the society. The organizers expect the forum to become the most prestigious medical, academic and political event in Southeastern… Continue reading Aristotle Medical Forum 2022
Cook Children's Neurosciences Top Docs Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center celebrates our Top Docs! (5/13/2022) - Each year, publications 360 West magazine and Fort Worth Magazine publish their list of top doctors selected through a peer-reviewed nomination and voting process. The Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center was honored to have multiple physicians recognized as Top Docs for 2022. 360 West recognizes top doctors within Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Denton counties, and this year recognized Cynthia Keator, M.D., Rebecca… Continue reading Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center celebrates our Top Docs!
eeg brainwaves Primary steps: The value of electroencephalography (EEG) in epilepsy (5/13/2022) - Scalp EEG is an electrophysiological tool that examines the electrical activity of the human brain. EEG is commonly ordered as part of the evaluation of “spells” or suspected seizures in children, and is a useful study that can guide the diagnosis of epilepsy and direct medication management. In patients with known epilepsy, EEG can help understand seizure burden. It also is used in pre-surgical… Continue reading Primary steps: The value of electroencephalography (EEG) in epilepsy
Epilepsy seizure inside brain neurons New research program for kids with rare genetic epilepsy (2/10/2022) - Cook Children’s Neurosciences Research department launched a new program in January 2022 to help children with SYNGAP-1, a rare form of genetic epilepsy. SYNGAP1-related non-syndromic intellectual disability is a rare genetic disorder caused by a variant of the SYNGAP1 gene. The gene is located on Chromosome 6 and is responsible for producing the SYNGAP protein, which acts as a regulator in the synapses. Patients… Continue reading New research program for kids with rare genetic epilepsy
Doctor with teen patient Primary steps: Assessing abnormal movements in childhood (2/10/2022) - Abnormal movements in pediatric patients can be challenging to characterize, and it can be difficult to determine when one should be concerned. Babies and children do lots of funny things, but knowing when to move forward with a diagnostic workup of abnormal movement can be confusing. There are many different types of hyperkinetic movements including dystonia, myoclonus, chorea, tremors and tics. Many times movement… Continue reading Primary steps: Assessing abnormal movements in childhood
Dr. Jennifer Pitts, Cook Children's-Covenant neurologist Cook Children’s and Covenant Children’s: Providing neurology care in Lubbock (2/10/2022) - A pediatric neurologist from Cook Children’s is now seeing patients in Lubbock thanks to a hospital partnership that brings specialized care closer to home for residents of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Jennifer Pitts, M.D. joined the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s in December and opened her full-time practice at Covenant Children’s facilities shortly thereafter.  She provides care for… Continue reading Cook Children’s and Covenant Children’s: Providing neurology care in Lubbock
Neuropsychologist Lindsey Carnes PhD Cook Children’s Neurosciences welcomes new Neuropsychology faculty member (2/10/2022) - The Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s continues to grow our faculty to meet the needs of our patients. In January 2022, we welcomed Lindsey Carnes, Ph.D. as our fourth neuropsychologist. Dr. Carnes is well known to Cook Children’s having volunteered here during her undergraduate training at Texas Christian University. She subsequently completed an assessment externship in Neuropsychology at Cook Children’s and completed… Continue reading Cook Children’s Neurosciences welcomes new Neuropsychology faculty member
Laila Mohammed MD Laila Mohammad, M.D., joins Cook Children’s Neurosurgery team (10/7/2021) - Cook Children’s Institute for MIND Health is pleased to welcome Laila Mohammad, M.D. to Neurosurgery. Dr. Mohammad joined Cook Children’s in August of 2021. She completed her medical degree at Vanderbilt University and neurosurgery residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine prior to completing fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Northwestern University (Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.) Her research… Continue reading Laila Mohammad, M.D., joins Cook Children’s Neurosurgery team
Child and wave Primary Steps for Primary Care: Evaluation and behavior management in children with developmental and/or cognitive delays (10/7/2021) - Management of behavioral problems in children can be challenging, particularly in those with developmental or cognitive delays. In these cases, determining the source of adverse behaviors and developing a treatment plan appropriate for the abilities of the child can be barriers to successful treatment. In this article,Lisa Elliott, Ph.D. discusses the evaluation and management of adverse behavior in these special situations. How are cognitive… Continue reading Primary Steps for Primary Care: Evaluation and behavior management in children with developmental and/or cognitive delays
Epilepsy Awareness Epilepsy is more than seizures: Epilepsy Awareness Month (10/7/2021) - Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center continues the tradition of making November, Epilepsy Awareness Month, a priority each year as we aim to bring more attention to 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 the month, landmarks across Fort Worth will light… Continue reading Epilepsy is more than seizures: Epilepsy Awareness Month
Child being tested Neurosciences Research Center celebrates successes in year two (10/7/2021) - The Neurosciences Research Center at Cook Children’s, supported by the Dodson Neuro Research Endowment, celebrates two years as of October 2021. Despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the program, directed by Christos Papadelis, Ph.D., has made tremendous strides in this time. The center attracted bright minds from all over the world and now includes 16 research staff: two principal investigators, two postdoctoral researchers, one… Continue reading Neurosciences Research Center celebrates successes in year two
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

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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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