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Spotlight: The Neurosciences Center

Columbus, OH - January 2016

In 2015, the sections of Neurology and Neurosurgery were ranked among the top nine programs by U.S. News & World Report, while Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized on the U.S. News Honor Roll, the list of the nation’s top 12 children’s hospitals.

The Child Neurology Society honored Neurology Chief E. Steve Roach, MD, with its distinguished Hower Award for 2015. The award, given to one pediatric neurologist each year, honors an individual who is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher and scholar, and has given a high level of service to the Child Neurology Society. Dr. Roach served as Child Neurology Society president and has held substantive roles in many additional organizations.

In 2015, the Epilepsy Surgery Program gained two new leaders with pediatric neurologist Satya Gedela, MD, MRCP(UK) and pediatric neurosurgeon Jonathan Pindrik, MD being named medical director and surgical director respectively. These new additions to the Neurosciences program highlight the expertise behind the comprehensive Level 4 Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s.

Neurology and Neurosurgery welcomed seven new faculty members:


Dara VF Albert, DO
Samiah A. Al-Zaidy, MD
Satya Gedela, MD
Adam P. Ostendorf, MD
Jaime Dawn E. Twanow, MD


Jonathan Pindrik, MD
Eric A. Sribnick, MD, PhD

Current Research and Clinical Innovations

SMA Clinical Trial Provides Hope for Families
Jerry Mendell, MD, and his team are conducting the world's first gene therapy clinical trial for SMA1 and are optimistic about preliminary results.
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Research Casts Doubt on Previously Accepted Genetic Cause of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
Specific mutations reported to cause JME are found to vary in frequency depending on ethnicity.
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Novel Technique Restores Gene and Function in Dysferlinopathy Animal Models
Clever cutting and delivery allow cell's own mechanisms to recombine needed DNA.
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Gene Therapy Trial Improves Walking Performance for Becker Muscular Dystrophy
In a Phase 1/2a trial, BMD patients receiving treatment showed improvements in walking ability over the placebo.
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Surprising Findings for Exon Skipping in Muscular Dystrophy
Which exons are skipped in therapy for DMD may determine whether significant improvement is made.
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Childhood Stroke Increases Adaptive and Social Behavior Impairment
After stroke, children who have normal cognition and behavior may still have impaired social adjustment and participation.
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Read more research and clinical innovations from the Neurosciences Center.

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