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

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

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

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

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

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