Episode 4: Who Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect?

In the fourth segment of this five part docu-series on Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. William L. Klein, an Alzheimer’s Disease researcher at Northwestern University and winner of a Zenith award from the Alzheimer’s Association, covers:

1) Who has Alzheimer’s Disease?

2) Do genetics have a direct link to Alzheimer’s Disease?

3) What age does Alzheimer’s Disease begin?

4) What are some of the breakthroughs in brain imaging?

5) What are ethical implications for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease?

6) What are the emotional consequences of Alzheimer’s Disease?

A Journey into Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

neuro.RAPT presents an exclusive four part bi-weekly docu-byte series on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury for both our veteran and civilian population.

led by Dr. Theresa Pape, a clinical neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

This educational and thought provoking segment covers:
1) What is Severe Traumatic Brain Injury? (“Severe TBI”)
2) What are the common causes of Severe TBI?
3) How many of our veterans have Severe TBI?
4) Are there secondary damages to these incidences?
5) How do you know if you have secondary brain damage?
6) Why is Severe TBI considered a hetergeneous condition?
7) Where do people with Severe TBI go for care?
8) How does the health insurance arena affect those with Severe TBI?
9) Is the U.S. medical care and caregiver system set up for Severe TBI?
10) What can we do as a society to help those who have Severe TBI?

On December 16th – Episode 2: Common Brain Lesions Associated with Severe TBI

A Bully’s Brain – Part Two

Continuing our exploration of A Bully’s Brain, in this segment, we are going to delve deeper
into A Bully’s Brain from the perspective of middle school students.

We’ve examined bullying from all angles, except the one organ which is responsible for so many of our human functions. The Brain.

What does a bully’s brain look like? How is it functioning in that moment?

In the first collaboration of its kind, Neuro.RAPT; a newly launched science collaborative and StudentsXpress; a magazine for students that promotes creativity, literacy and expression, examined the neural underpinnings of bullying from the perspective of students from Hamilton Elementary (Chicago, IL), in both kindergarten/first grade and middle school. Through interviews and art pieces, viewers will journey into a bully’s brain.

In A Bully’s Brain – Part One, students from kindergarten and first grade shared their perspective. Now, in A Bully’s Brain – Part Two, students from middle school will give us
their perspective, as well as, walk us through the neurological underpinnings of A Bully’s Brain and A Bully’s Brain that has stopped bullying.

This projects aims to create greater awareness of the capabilities of our brain and its ability to choose between right and wrong, the ability to be more conscious of our actions so that we can make the world a better place – a place where bullying is no longer an option for all generations.

This project gently touches upon:

  • The neuroscientific aspects of bullying through the use of metaphorical questions that touch upon the brain’s plasticity (the ability to change)
  • Emotions (our limbic system)
  • Forgiveness
  • Empathy
  • Genetics vs environment

The Art Project
Students were given a sketch of a brain. (not designed anatomically correct) and were asked to color a bully’s brain and then color a bully’s brain once he or she stopped being a bully. (if that’s possible)

The results are astounding and both students and adults will walk away with some valuable lessons and and plenty of unanswered questions
from these docu.bytes.

Cervicogenic Headaches

neuro.RAPT presents a docu.byte on Cervicogenic Headaches led by Dr. Daniel Hurley; Interventional Spine and Pain Specialist.

In this episode we cover:
1) What are cervicogenic headaches?
2) How are they caused?
3) What is the treatment?
4) How do you prevent a cervicogenic headache?

Neuroscience Merges with Art

Dr. Audrius V. Plioplys, a neurologist and artist, whose work has been exhibited all over the world, takes us on an artistic journey exploring the nervous system. His paintings explore consciousness, the origin of memory, altruism, empathy, quantum theory and more.

Gratitude for Our Hands

Gratitude for Our Hands is the first segment of a three part series dedicated to Our Hands.

Have you ever thought how many times you have used your hands for all sorts of functions?

In the first part of this segment:  An art montage spotlights the extraordinary capabilities of our hands. (original score by musical composer James Stonehouse)

Following this art montage, Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa, an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, walks us through:

1) Our hand anatomy
2) How our brain communicates with our hands
3) What is the most important finger of our hand?
4) What is the least important finger of our hand?
5) If you had to pick three fingers to keep on your hand, which should you pick?
6) What separates us from primitive primates?
7) Approximately what percent of the cortical part of the brain is dedicated to the function of our hands?

We hope that after watching this segment, you will gain a new appreciation for your hands.

Healing the Brain with Familiar Stories

neuro.RAPT continues its exclusive four part bi-weekly docu-byte series on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) for both our veteran and civilian population.

led by Dr. Theresa Pape, a clinical neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

In this next episode, we explore how the brain heals after a severe TBI.

1) How does the brain repair itself after a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”)?
2) What is neural plasticity?
3) How do familiar stories told by familiar voices heal the brain?

The Marriage of Spirituality and Pain

Following our segment on Understanding Pain led by Dr. Daniel J. Hurley, Interventional Spine and Pain Specialist, this next segment addresses Faith.

As a physician wanting to address faith, pain and healing Hurley wrote a book:
Facing Pain, Finding Hope.

In this segment he covers:
1) How does Faith play a role in healing?
2) Gratitude
3) Why me?
4)  Facing Pain, Finding Hope

The segment closes with a montage of painter Thomas Cole’s ‘The Voyage of Life’.

As Wikipedia states: “The Voyage of Life, painted by Thomas Cole in 1842, is a series of paintings that represent an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age.”

The soul piercing original score was created by film composer James Stonehouse.

Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain led by Dr. Daniel J. Hurley; Interventional Spine and Pain Specialist.

In this episode we cover:
1) How do you measure pain?
2) Pain and Culture
3) The body’s ability to neurologically and chemically suppress pain
4) What are the ethical implications of the development of fMRI scans for pain?

Healing the Brain with Magnets

neuro.RAPT continues its exclusive four part bi-weekly docu-byte series on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) for both our veteran and civilian population.

led by Dr. Theresa Pape, a clinical neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

Viewers will journey into Dr. Pape’s research involving Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation gaining a better understanding of:
How do magnetic fields stimulate the brain after a severe TBI?
How do magnetic fields repair the brain after a severe TBI?

Common Brain Lesions Associated with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

neuro.RAPT continues its exclusive four part bi-weekly docu-byte series on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury for both our veteran and civilian population.

led by Dr. Theresa Pape, a clinical neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

This segment covers:
1) What are some common brain lesions and how are they formed?
2) Can a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) lead to this type of secondary injury?
3) How does our military recognize the symptoms of mild TBI?
4) What are some visual examples of mild TBI and severe TBI?
5) What are some of the consequences of severe TBI?

On December 30th – Episode 3. Stay tuned as Dr. Theresa Pape takes us on a journey into her work: Exploring How Storytelling Heals the Brain.

Arthritis

In the third and final segment of neuro.RAPT’s three part series dedicated to Our Hands, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa covers:

1) What is arthritis?
2) What happens when arthritis gets so severe that it interferes with our daily lives?
3) How does the body take attempts to stabilize arthritis?
4) Is there a correlation of x-ray images of arthritis and the severity of the symptoms?
5) What is basilar joint arthritis?
6) How do you treat arthritis?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In the second segment of a three part series dedicated to Our Hands, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa covers:

1)What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
2)What are the symptoms?
3)What are the causes?
4)The intricate functions of the three major nerves in our hands
5)Why are certain people predisposed for getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
6)Is there a genetic element?
7)What is the treatment for it?

Episode 5: Discovering Therapeutics That Work and the New Path Towards Effective Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

In the fifth and final segment of this five part docu-series on Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. William L. Klein, an Alzheimer’s Disease researcher at Northwestern University and winner of a Zenith award from the Alzheimer’s Association, covers:

1) How are people treated now for Alzheimer’s Disease?
2) What are some of the breakthroughs at the Klein Lab?
3) What is the passion behind the work?
4) Are research teams collaborating to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
5) Are there developments of Vaccines for Alzheimer’s Disease?
6) What is the time frame for scientific research?
7) What can we do as a society to become involved with the research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
8) How will lack of funding impact research for Alzheimer’s Disease?
9) Why are some pharmaceutical companies pulling out of Alzheimer’s Disease research?
10) How do we get the young generation involved?
11) With all of these hurdles, can we optimistic about what’s on the horizon?

Episode 3: Why Toxins Build Up in the Brain and Can We Prevent It?

In the third segment of this five part series on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. William L. Klein, an Alzheimer’s Disease researcher at Northwestern University and winner of a Zenith award from the Alzheimer’s Association, covers:

1) Why toxins build up in the brain and can we prevent it?

2) Is there a correlation between having diabetes and getting Alzheimer’s Disease?

3) Do our diet and environment affect toxin build-up in the brain?

4) Is the genetic make up of toxins different today than in the early 1900′s?

Episode 2: Dementia and the Toxins that Destroy Memory and Learning

Dr. William L. Klein, an Alzheimer’s Disease researcher at Northwestern University and winner of a Zenith award from the Alzheimer’s Association, covers:

1) What causes dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?
2) What are these toxins and how do they form?
3) How do these toxins affect the memory network?
4) What happens to neurons when they die?
5) How long does it take for a neuron to die?
6) Do we have the whole story about Alzheimer’s Disease?