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Spotlight: Neurosciences Center

(From the January 2015 Issue of PediatricsOnline)

The past year included notable changes for the Neurosciences Center at Nationwide Children’s. The sections of Neurology and Neurosurgery were ranked among the top 10 programs by U.S. News & World Report, while Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized among the top seven children’s hospitals on the U.S. News Honor Roll.

The year began with Neurology Chief E. Steve Roach, MD, receiving The Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Pediatric Neurology. The endowment recognized Dr. Roach’s significant contributions to pediatric medicine, and helps with future program advancements. Dr. Roach also transitioned to the role of Past President for the Child Neurology Society, which coincided with the organization’s annual meeting taking place in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s hometown, Columbus.

Jonathan L. Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP, was appointed Director of Neuro-Oncology. He is leading an innovative approach to brain tumor treatment, serving as principal investigator in a series of “Head Start” clinical trial protocols.

Jeffrey R. Leonard, MD, was named Chief of Neurosurgery. Dr. Leonard has earned international attention for his dedication to improving treatment for childhood brain tumors.

Additional faculty recruits include:

Melissa G. Chung, MD

Debabrata Ghosh, MD

Howard S. Jacobs, MD

In addition, Nationwide Children’s was named the first Certified Duchenne Care Center in 2014 by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the leading advocacy organization working to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PPMD launched the certification program as part of its robust Transforming Duchenne Care Initiative.

Current Research and Clinical Innovations

Studying the Connection between Tourette Syndrome and Sleep Problems
More than 60 percent of pediatric Tourette patients have a sleep problem adding lack of sleep to the list of comorbid conditions.

Dystrophin Isoform Could Lead to DMD Therapy
Studies of a new protein isoform suggest it may offer a novel therapeutic approach for some Duchenne patients.

Chronic Post-Traumatic Headaches Linked to Analgesic Overuse
Study suggests overuse of over-the-counter remedies may be a factor in chronic headaches following concussion.

Could a Simple Checklist Reduce ED Visits Among Children with Epilepsy?
Study of ED visits by epileptic children sheds light on why families turn to urgent care and how to reduce those visits.

Targeting Early Remission for Infantile Spasms
Clinicians examine the most effective treatment options, and demonstrate the need for a standardized approach.

Read more research and clinical innovations from the Neurosciences Center. 

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