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Advocacy in dysphagia management: A neurologist’s perspective

Physicians play a critical role in dysphagia management, even though swallowing may not have been included in their medical training. This installment of the podcast Down the Hatch, hosted by UF speech pathologists Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, and Alicia Vose, M.A.,CCC-SLP, features a conversation with Dr. Michael Okun, chair of the UF Department of…

National MagLab hosts coil-building workshop at MBI

The National MagLab site at the McKnight Brain Institute hosted five scientists from across North America in June to teach the theory and practice of radio frequency (RF) coils. RF coils are used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to transmit and receive RF signals. The MagLab’s…

What is the link between Parkinson’s and Ali’s death?

While Muhammad Ali knocked out a slew of boxing greats inside the ring, his toughest battle was that against Parkinson’s disease. Michael Okun, M.D., chair of the UF Department of Neurology in the McKnight Brain Institute, explains the disease and shares how he worked with Muhammad Ali during his battle. Watch the…

Neuroscience interns present their research

Please join us as the first cohort of the Summer Neuroscience Internship Program “SNIP” students present their research. Thursday, Aug. 4 Noon-2 pm LG-110A/B McKnight Brain Institute  …

New UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital to open in 2018

Two new hospitals –  the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital and the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital – are currently under construction and set to become the Southeast’s most advanced center for the care of patients with neurological, heart and vascular diseases. Click here to learn the latest about the state of…

Understanding neurodegenerative diseases

Edgardo Rodriguez-Lebron, Ph.D., explains how his research is leading to a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. His work involves exploring why some neurons are vulnerable to disease and developing gene-based therapeutic strategies. Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and therapeutics in the University of Florida College of…

Immunotherapy for brain cancer

Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy and director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program in the MBI, discusses his research in a new video series produced by UF Health Communications, “…

Studying the cell biology of drug addiction

    Habibeh Khoshbouei, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience in the MBI, explains her research into dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in many brain-related functions.