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99% of the brains of deceased NFL football players studied had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

New research shows that 99 percent of the brains of deceased NFL football players that researchers studied had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a neurodegenerative brain disease found […]

Department of Neurology Award winners 2017

It was our honor and pleasure on June 16th to present the 2017 Department of Neurology graduates and award winners at the 2017 annual party. It was a great event for […]

Congratulations to our Comprehensive Stroke Team!

The UF Health Comprehensive Stroke team was officially recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with the highest designation that can be achieved – Stroke Gold Plus […]

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Okun!

The Provost has announced a new program, the University Term Professorship, which recognizes and rewards outstanding faculty academic achievement.  An advisory committee was appointed to review the nominations and Dr. […]

Clerkship Director of the Year for the College of Medicine

Daniel Martinez-Ramirez MD of the Department of Neurology last night was awarded the Clerkship Director of the Year for the College of Medicine.  Daniel has inspired the next generation of […]

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Neurology News

Named Professorships

Aug 17th, 2017

The college of medicine recently awarded three members of the neurology faculty with named professorships. Dr. Irene Malaty was appointed to the Barbara Padgett Dein Professorship in Parkinson’s Fund. Dr. […]

Progression marker of Parkinson’s disease: a 4-year multi-site imaging study

Aug 15th, 2017

Congratulations Drs. Nikolaus R. McFarland Michael S. Okun and  David E. Vaillancourt on the publication of “Progression marker of Parkinson’s disease: a 4-year multi-site imaging study.”  This article was published in Brain, […]

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Residency Candidates

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How to Manage Parkinson’s “Off” Time

Parkinson’s can be unpredictable – symptoms can come and go or get better and worse throughout the day. These so-called “on-off” fluctuations (also called motor fluctuations) and dyskinesias can be […]

Solving the Puzzle of Living with Parkinson’s

Harvesting Happiness with guest Dr. Michael Okun   Host Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA is an Applied Positive Psychology and lifestyle management consultant specializing in the fields of addiction and trauma recovery, life-crises triage, integrated wellbeing and mindful living. Her mission-driven […]

Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s

In this debut episode of Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s, brought to you by the National Parkinson Foundation, Dr. Michael Okun talks about early warning signs of Parkinson’s […]

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Patient Information Video Psychosis in Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Below is a video presented as an interview between Dr. Melissa Armstrong and Dr. Wissam Deeb about the differences in different types of Dementia, specifically Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s […]

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Monthly Blog

6 Steps to better sleep

BY MELISSA ARMSTRONG, MD, MSC, FAAN Many neurologic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis disrupt sleep. Sleep problems also can impact the brain: multiple research studies suggest, for […]

The Neurologist is in…

Monthly insights and advice from a stroke specialist, a movement disorder expert, and a neuromuscular physician. by Melissa Armstrong, MD, MSC featured in Neurology Now, Your Trusted Resource for Brain […]

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Faculty Spotlight

Scott Heller, MD - Photo Dr. Scott Heller joined the UF neurology faculty July 2017 as part of the neuromuscular team. Dr. Heller started his career in the US air force (he earned the rank of major). After completing his military service, he cofounded and directed a neuromuscular specialty clinic in Jacksonville, FL. As part of the neuromuscular division, Dr. Heller performs a number of procedures including nerve conduction studies, single fiber EMG, skin biopsies (for small fiber neuropathies), occipital nerve blocks, and botulinum toxin injections for migraines, spasticity, sialorrhea, hyperhidrosis. He comes from a town in Long Island, NY with the second most efficient library staff in NY State.


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