The OHSU Department of Neurology is one of the nation’s leading neurologic research and training programs and provides the most comprehensive care of neurologic illnesses in the Pacific Northwest. We have subspecialty centers that offer specialized care for patients with a range of neurologic diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy and brain tumors.
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OHSU Neurology in the news

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., New drug reduces attacks of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (Reuters Health, Sept. 12)

Kimberly Hutchison, M.D., Scientists say millions spent on home-game hotel rooms may be harming players’ sleep (Gatehouse Media, Sept. 14)

Vivek Unni, M.D., Ph.D., Five recent Parkinson’s disease drug target discoveries (Drug Target Review, Sept. 10)

Hormozd Bozorgchami, M.D., Tuality-OHSU patient endures two life-threatening emergencies in one day (Portland Business Journal, Sept. 5),  KATU and OHSU News

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., and Dan Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H., For Medicare patients, costs of MS drugs rise sevenfold over 10 years (U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 28) and U.S. prices for multiple sclerosis drugs are on the rise (Reuters, Aug. 27)

Aimee Pierce, M.D., Guest View: From bugs to brains (The Register-Guard, Aug. 15)

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., Can medical marijuana ease MS symptoms? (Everyday Health, Aug. 8)

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., OHSU Alzheimer’s researchers use in-home technology to study aging population (KGW, July 30)

Vivek Unni, M.D., Ph.D., Newly discovered role for alpha-synuclein could point to new approaches against Parkinson’s (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, July 29), and UPI, Fierce Biotech, Parkinson’s News Today, Drug Target Review, and OHSU News

Juliette Preston, M.D., Questions raised over efficacy of cutting-edge new migraine drugs (New Atlas, July 10)

Gary Westbrook, M.D., Animal model to help study ‘Brain on Fire’ disease (Technology Networks, July 10) and OHSU News. Also, Short bursts of exercise may prime the brain for learning (Psychology Today, July 7), CNN Health Minute and OHSU News

Douglas Martini, Ph.D., Soccer headgear may not reduce sport-related concussion (Reuters, July 4)

Lia Ernst, M.D., OHSU probes marijuana use among patients with epilepsy (Portland Business Journal, June 28) and OPB (July 1)

Michelle Cameron, M.D., CBD is all the rage among patients. It’s launching their physicians into uncharted territory (STAT, June 27)

Holly Hinson, M.D., Health care lags in treatment of LGBTQ patients (Jefferson Public Exchange, June 21) and OHSU News.

Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D., OHSU physician-scientist focuses on a good night’s sleep (OHSU News, Research Week feature, May 13)

Jacob Lindsley, Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, OHSU researchers go beyond standard online chats for dementia study (KATU, May 14)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Woman lost hair and became suicidal after taking MS drug: suit (New York Post, May 5)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Whistleblowers: Company at heart of 97,000% drug price hike bribed doctors to boost sales (CNN, April 30) and OHSU study offers hope for people with multiple sclerosis (Portland Business Journal, April 18) and coverage in KGW, KATU, New Atlas, Multiple Sclerosis News Today and OHSU News.

Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., New device translates brain activity into speech. Here’s how (National Geographic, April 24)

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., After the diagnosis: A guide to Alzheimer’s disease (U.S. News & World Report, April 23

Jeff Kaye, M.D.Retired neurologist with Alzheimer's shares importance of early awareness (KATU, March 26)

Gina Purl and Kim Mauer, M.D.How OHSU uses 'rolfing' to reduce pain and opioid use (Portland Business Journal, March 19)

Hiroko Dodge, Ph.D.How to stay sharp in old age (Lifehacker, March 1) and Brain Health: Seniors chat online to stay sharp (Science Magazine, March 20 and OHSU News)

Jeff Kaye, M.D.OHSU expands aging-in-place research to retirement homes (The Scribe, page 7, Feb. 12)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., and Daniel Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H.OHSU/OSU study: Medicare policies generate astronomical out-of-pocket costs for MS patients (Portland Business Journal, Feb. 5), The Lund ReportHealthDayMultiple Sclerosis News Today and OHSU News.

Kim Mauer, M.D.CBD: What is it? Why do people take it? Who regulates it? (KGW, Jan. 31) and Coffee shops are using CBD in their drinks –but is it a good idea? (CookingLight, Feb. 7)

Helmi Lutsep, M.D.Neurologists overwhelmed by stroke calls (Bend Bulletin, Jan. 13)

Rebecca Spain, M.D.Vitamin D: Will ongoing studies provide enough high-quality evidence to assess efficacy in MS? (Multiple Sclerosis Journal, Jan. 4)

Peter Spencer, Ph.D., Link to Alzheimer's seen in nodding syndrome (Science, Dec. 21)

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., Women in MS seek greater parity in field (Neurology Today, Dec. 20)

Jeff Kaye, M.D., Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe (The Oregonian, Oct. 6) and Participants in dementia prevention research motivated by altruism (Medical Xpress, Oct. 5)

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., Clinical drug trials show promise in halting progressive brain atrophy of MS patients (KATU, Sept. 11)

Amie Hiller, M.D., Does work stress increase Parkinson's risk? (MedPage Today, Aug. 29)

Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., Scientists around the world discuss new Alzheimer's research (KDRV, July 25)

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., Nathaniel Rodrigues, Jennifer Marcoe, and Zach Beattie, Ph.D., A tech test to keep seniors in their homes longer (Wall Street Journal, July 25) and OPB's Think Out Loud (July 31)

Alexandra Dimitrova, M.D., Treating the mind and body: Integrating CAM therapies into neurology practice(Neurology Today, July 5)

Asha Singh, M.D., Sleep apnea: 8 things that make it worse (U.S. News &World Report, July 5)

Raina Croff, Ph.D., OHSU study finds benefits for aging brains (Portland Observer, July 3)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Medicare  spent $2 billion for one drug as the manufacturer paid doctors millions (CNN, June 29) and STAT.

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., Tech  solutions that make life easier for dementia care (AARP, June 25)

Joe Quinn, M.D., How  OHSU could help validate a promising new Parkinson’s therapy (Portland  Business Journal, June 18), The  OregonianKOINKATU and KGW’s Portland  Today.

Chafic Karam, M.D., ALS  Association designates OHSU as ALC-Certified Treatment Center of Excellence (Lund Report, June 13)

Laurie King, Ph.D., P.T., M.C.R., OHSU  researcher nabs $4.6 million to study physical therapy after concussions(Portland Business Journal, June 5), KPTV (June 12), KATU (June 15) and (June 25).

Kim Hutchison, M.D., OHSU doctor: No, racism isn't a side effect of Ambien (KATU, May 30)

Matt Brodsky, M.D., Emerging innovations in Parkinson Disease treatment: Q&A with Dr. Matthew Brodsky(Neurology Advisor, May 30)

Jeff Kaye, M.D., Clues to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's from how you use your computer (Wall Street Journal, May 29)

Tarvez Tucker, M.D., The meaning of a mother's love through a doctor's diary (The Oregonian, May 12)

Asha Singh, M.D., and Derek Lam, M.D., M.P.H., Implanted sleep apnea device promises safer, uninterrupted sleep, doctors say (KATU, May 8)

Asha Singh, M.D., and Derek Lam, M.D. MPH, OHSU docs implant sleep apnea device (KOIN, April 28)

Matt Brodsky, M.D., Neurosurgery in Parkinson disease: A brief history and look forward (Neurology Advisor, April 11)

Ed Neuwelt, M.D., Seunggu Jude Han, M.D., and Mark Woods, Ph.D., Working with the brain's wall (The Lund Report, March 28)

Tshala-Katumbay, Daniel, M.D., Ph.D, Addressing Harmful Dietary Exposures Linked With Neurological Deficits in the Democratic Republic of Congo, last section within article NIEHS and Fogarty Program Support Research to Improve Global Brain Health, (NIH Global Environmental Health Newsletter, February 23)

Raina Croff, Ph.D., Can walking and talking about the past sustain brain health? (The Scribe, February edition)

Matt Brodsky, M.D., and Kim Burchiel, M.D., Rest easy: Asleep deep brain stimulation as effective as awake(Medscape, Feb. 5)

Edward Neuwelt, M.D., This scientist is creating tiny versions of one of neuroscience's most notorious opponents (STAT, Jan. 29)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Testing, rigorous research needed for cognition in MS (MedPage Today, Jan. 25)

Fay Horak, Ph.D., The right way to fall (Saturday Evening Post, Jan./Feb. issue)

Joseph Quinn, M.D., Green leafy vegetables linked to slower cognitive decline (Medscape, Jan. 8)

Barry Oken, M.D., Ph.D., Informal caregiving linked to sleep problems (Reuters, Jan. 1)

Wayne Clark, M.D., Stem cells extend stroke treatment window (Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Dec. 18)

Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., and Thomas Riley, Disabled life enhancements (Al Jazeera English, Dec. 16)

Matthew Brodsky, M.D., OHSU study validates deep brain surgery while asleep for Parkinson's patients (Portland Business Journal, Nov. 3)

Hormozd Bozorgchami, M.D., and Stewart Weber, M.D.:

Arthur Vandenbark, Ph.D., Study links MIF, D-DDT molecules to progressive multiple sclerosis development(Multiple Sclerosis News Today, Sept. 22) and OHSU scientists find possible roots of severe form of MS

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., The most respected medical journal in the US just eviscerated a drug that's cost taxpayers over $1 billion (Business Insider, Sept. 12)

Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., Tigard woman hopes to raise awareness through Alzheimer's walk (Sept. 6, Portland Tribune)

Raina Croff, Ph.D., Black seniors test reminiscing to guard against Alzheimers (Associated Press, July 24) and Black seniors reminisce on a changing Portland in brain health study (OPB, Think Out Loud, Aug. 18)

Rebecca Spain, M.D., Over-the-counter lipoic acid may slow progression of multiple sclerosis, study finds (The Daily Mail, July 5)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., There's frightening new data on the effects of a blockbuster drug Wall Street loves to hate(Business Insider, June 23)

Joseph Quinn, M.D., and Wojciech Wiszniewski, M.D., Area experts urge caution on consumer genetic tests (The Scribe, June edition)

Jeff Kraakevik, M.D., Mike Wood uses weightlifting to combat Parkinson's disease (La Grande Observer, June 6)

Fay Horak, Ph.D., Exercise slows Parkinson's (Ivanhoe Broadcast News, syndicated to local television news stations nationwide, June 9) and How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale (, June 6)

Hormozd Bozorgchami, M.D., Helistroke: Could helicopters be the future of regional stroke care? and Discriminating ruptured from unruptured aneurysms: It's not just about size (Neurovascular Exchange, May 26)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., What's the Connection Between Stress and Risk of MS Relapses? (U.S. News &World Report, May 22) and Drug Pricing in MS (MedPage Today)

Eran Klein, M.D., Ph.D., Facebook won't say if it will use your brain activity for advertisements (The Intercept, May 22)

Amie Hiller, M.D., Can Stress Accelerate Progression of Parkinson's Disease? (Neurology Reviews, April 28)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Case Report: MS Drug Tied to Listeriosis (MedPage Today, April 12)

Peter Spencer, Ph.D., Natural-born killers: The fruits and veggies that could poison you (CNN, April 10)

Wayne Clark, M.D., Study: New treatment could help stroke patients (The Oregonian, April 6, and KATU, April 10)

Holly Hinson, M.D., Medical Societies, Including the AAN, Move to Address Care of LGBTQI Patients (Neurology Today, April 6)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Something weird's going on with the doctors prescribing one of pharma's most controversial blockbuster drugs (Business Insider, March 21, also interviewed on OPB's Think Out Loud on March 28)

Dennis Bourdette, M.D., Medicare spent $650 million on one Mallinckrodt drug: Report (Feb. 14, Portland Business Journal)

Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D., Gut Check: The Role of the Microbiome in Parkinson's Disease (Diagnostics World, Feb. 6)

Peter Spencer, Ph.D., and Valerie Palmer, Ph.D., The enigma of litchi toxicity: an emerging health concern in southern Asia (Commentary, The Lancet, Jan. 30). Coverage picked up by Australian broadcasting and MSN.

Asha Singh, M.D., Jet lag dampens Major League Baseball players’ performance (Reuters, Feb. 1)

Andrew Adey, Ph.D., Researchers Describe Methods for Sequencing Large Numbers of Single Cells (GenomeWeb, Jan. 30)

Fay Horak, Ph.D., Exercise Can Be a Boon to People with Parkinson’s Disease (New York Times, Jan. 23)

Kim Hutchison, M.D., Do Anti-Snoring Gadgets Really Work? (NPR Shots, Jan. 4, and Morning Edition, Jan. 16)