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Message from the Head
 
Jeffrey A. Loeb, M.D. Ph.D 
 

Welcome to the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation in 2018!  Looking back, in April this will mark my 5th year as head of the department.   I am so excited with the progress we have made in growing a top notch Neurology and Rehabilitation department.  Clinically, we have outstanding neurology subspecialty programs in all areas of neurological disease. Under the leadership of Charles Abrams, M.D., Ph.D. we have the latest treatments and cutting edge, NIH-funded research programs in neuromuscular diseases with specialty clinics supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association (see article below).  Our students, including residents and doctoral students are the best and brightest performing basic and clinically relevant research to advance our field and provide the best care for our patients (see below).  One of our greatest achievements over the past year has been the formation of a new academic partnership with Schwab Rehabilitation hospital with many new faculty and a nationally, top-ranked residency program.  Under the leadership of Michelle Gittler, M.D. we are looking forward to provide the best education, research, and clinical care in rehabilitation medicine (see article below). 

So what’s ahead for the next 5 years?  With our clinical operations in full swing, we are reaching out to our community to offer top level subspecialty care to ALL residents of the Chicago metro region, regardless of their socioeconomic background.  In addition to expanding our clinical footprint, we are driving forward with our research and educational missions with expansion of funding through grants and philanthropy to provide the resources needed for creative science that will drive this creativity forward into new therapeutics. We are deeply grateful for the support provided to us by alumni and donors. We are embarking on highly collaborative projects with other academic institutions and industry to make this happen through our NeuroRepository (see the YouTube Video) and other projects throughout the department. Stay tuned! 

 

Jeffrey A. Loeb, M.D., Ph.D.

John S. Garvin Chair, Professor & Head

 
 
Exciting academic partnership between UIC & Schwab in Rehabilitation
 
UIH (Left) and SCHWAB (Right)
UIH (Left) and SCHWAB (Right)
 

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation at UIC has undergone a major change in the last 6 months. In continued pursuit of clinical and academic excellence, the University of Illinois has partnered with Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital to provide rehabilitation services and add a new academic partner for their top-notch residency training program and for medical education.  The Schwab residency program was again ranked in the top 10 best physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs this year! Read more

 
 
Welcome Dr. Abrams as Section Chief & Director of Neuromuscular Center
 
Neuromuscular Group at Outpatient Clinic 
Neuromuscular Group at Outpatient Clinic 
 

The Neuromuscular division of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation at UIH has taken off! The Division delivers patient care in its three multidisciplinary clinics. The Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsored Certified Care Center provides medical services for patients with any of 40 acquired or inherited neuromuscular illnesses including myasthenia gravis, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease and Muscular dystrophy among others. The ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence has a goal of providing the highest level of multidisciplinary care and support for all patients with ALS and their families. In addition, our multidisciplinary Neuropathy clinic, established by Dr. Larry Zeidman in 2014, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for all causes of neuropathy and nerve injuries.  These three clinics are an integral part of student and house staff education, are the focus of multiple research studies and provide an excellent platform for clinical trials and investigations. Read more

 
 
 
Big data in Healthcare & Medicine: The Implementation
 
 Monique Diaz, M.D.
 Monique Diaz, M.D.
 

My name is Monique Diaz M.D. and I am pleased to have returned to my roots at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a fellowship in clinical informatics. I attended medical school at UIC and went on to do residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Loyola University Medical Center. My first job out of training was at a community hospital where I focused on general in-patient rehabilitation for a small private practice group. During that time I became involved in several quality improvement projects that were centered on health information technology workflow. Naturally when I learned about President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and how one of its many facets is to engage more clinicians in health data management, I felt this was something for which I had been preparing myself without even knowing it. Read more

 
 
 
Understanding Epilepsy : Big data way
 
Biswajit Maharathi, M.S. 
Biswajit Maharathi, M.S. 
 

Big Data, one of the most sought after complex and voluminous dataset concepts, has a great potential to decipher the unexplored mysteries of the human brain. Owing to the complex origin and extensive workup of patients with refractory epilepsy, we have a unique opportunity to foster innovative approaches that involves mining of diverse datasets comprising of electrical brain signals, neuroimaging, histology and ‘omics.’ Although working on gigantic datasets originating from multiple sources is itself a tedious task, developing an appropriate information platform to store and facilitate research is even more challenging. Read more

 
 
 
Predictors if elevated intracranial hypertension in spontaneous supratentorial intracranial hemorrhage
 
 Gabriela Trifan, M.D.
 Gabriela Trifan, M.D.
 

I started my research career early after finishing medical school. At that time, I was fortunate enough to meet and work closely with a renowned physicist - Dr. Mark Haacke the creator of SWI (susceptibility weighted imaging) MRI sequence from whom I learned basic MRI acquisition techniques and applied MRI. My early research was under Dr. Haacke's guidance and focused on utilizing MRI sequences (especially SWI) for identifying and quantifying brain calcium and iron depositions, utilizing 3D methods for identifying anatomical variations of the head and neck vasculature as well as using high pass filtered SWI phase for flow analysis for different neurodegenerative disorders. Through the years, results from these projects have been presented at multiple national and international conferences and published in different peer reviewed articles. Later, while working together with Dr. Benson, a Wayne State University neurologist, I shifted my focus on the neuroimaging findings to patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) who exhibited ongoing neurocognitive symptoms. The result of this project identified a specific pattern of neuroimaging injury in TBI patients versus controls. Part of this project was done on former NFL players with history of multiple concussions, at the time when Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), was starting to be more talked about. Results of this research was also presented at symposiums and published in peer reviewed articles. Read more

 
 
 
Predictors of Vasospasm in SubArachnoid Hemmorhage
 
Muhammad Husain, M.D. 
Muhammad Husain, M.D. 
 

These are exciting times to be a resident in neurology, where the field has considerably evolved over the last few decades. Many decades ago, neurology was thought of as only a field attributed to diagnosing neurological conditions, with very little treatment available. Over the years, through the help of cutting edge research, extensive clinical trials and the advancements in some outstanding technologies, we have been able to provide our patients with treatment modalities that ultimately have led to a timely neurological recovery. However, a lot more needs to be done to further advance our understanding and tackle the intricate complexities of the brain. Read more

 
 
 
The Annual 2018 Rhea and Louis D. Boshes Lectureship & the ongoing Neuropsychiatric Institute 75th Anniversary Celebration
 
 Eric R. Kandel, M.D.
 Eric R. Kandel, M.D.
 

The Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is pleased to announce that the 2017-18 Annual Rhea and Louis D. Boshes History of Neurology Grand Rounds invited speaker was Nobel-laureate Eric R. Kandel, M.D. Kandel’s Grand Rounds also was part of our ongoing 75th anniversary celebration of the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Kandel’s lecture was related to his previous book on art, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain From Vienna 1900 to the Present which won the Kreisky Award in Literature, Austria's highest literary award. Kandel’s new book entitled, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures, published by Columbia University Press has just been released. Read more

 
 
 
 
Support UIC Neurology & Rehabilitation

The important work of our department would not be possible without the generous support of our grateful patients, alumni, corporate partners and friends. Private philanthropy is integral to our department’s success and ability to conduct cutting edge research, treat neurological disorders and train the next generation of specialists. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to support our work and to advance new treatments. or contact Elisa Quinlan in the Office of Medical Advancement at 312-996-4901 / quinlane@uic.edu for more information. 

 
 
 



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