Laila Mohammad, M.D., joins Cook Children’s Neurosurgery team


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 … Continue reading Laila Mohammad, M.D., joins Cook Children’s Neurosurgery team

Primary Steps for Primary Care: Evaluation and behavior management in children with developmental and/or cognitive delays


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 … Continue reading Primary Steps for Primary Care: Evaluation and behavior management in children with developmental and/or cognitive delays

Neurosciences Research Center celebrates successes in year two


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 … Continue reading Neurosciences Research Center celebrates successes in year two

Primary steps for primary care: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)


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 … Continue reading Primary steps for primary care: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)

Continuing a tradition of excellence


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 … Continue reading Continuing a tradition of excellence

Linh Tran, D.O., M.S., joins Cook Children’s Epilepsy Program


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 … Continue reading Linh Tran, D.O., M.S., joins Cook Children’s Epilepsy Program

Neurosciences Research Center receives major grant from Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation


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 … Continue reading Neurosciences Research Center receives major grant from Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation

New program aims to improve access to mental health services


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 … Continue reading New program aims to improve access to mental health services

Teaming up to treat mitochondrial disorders


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 … Continue reading Teaming up to treat mitochondrial disorders

New collaboration to improve treatment of functional neurologic disorders


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 … Continue reading New collaboration to improve treatment of functional neurologic disorders