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U neurologists to present at conference

By Carlos Mayorga

Researchers from the U will present five published studies from the department of neurology and teach courses at the American Academy of Neurology in Chicago this week.

The academy is the world’s largest organization of neurologists, and it hosts an annual conference that is the largest international gathering of neurologists, bringing in more than 13,000 researchers from around the world. The conference began April 12 and ends April 19.

The five papers written by U faculty members include research topics on dementia, how muscular dystrophy affects the heart, ion channel dysfunction and a diabetic neuropathy study.

Stefan Pulst, a U professor of neurology and chair of the academy’s science committee, said about 10 U faculty members are participating, and four will teach courses.

“There is stiff competition for us to get involved in this,” Pulst said. “Being involved in the conference is very prominent for (the U).”

Pulst is an expert in identifying genes that cause Parkinson’s disease and will teach a course on neurogenetics at the conference.

In addition to Pulst, John Greenlee, a professor of neurology, will teach a course on acute central nervous system infections. Kathleen Digre, a professor of neurology and ophthalmology, will instruct three courses on neuro-opthalmology, and Norman Foster, a professor of neurology and expert in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, will lead a course on diagnosing dementia.

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