Fall 2017

The Brain Issue

UConn Health pioneers explore new frontiers to better understand one of humankind’s perpetual mysteries.

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku said, “The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.” As long as humans have existed, people have sought to comprehend the brain. Although scholars have tried to decipher its codes for centuries, we’ve only scratched the surface.

At UConn, work with the brain spans disciplines, from psychology to linguistics to neuroscience and everything in between. In this special section, learn what UConn Health experts in neurology, physiology, gerontology, and even radiology are doing right now to further our knowledge of the brain and harness the latest discoveries and technology to improve patient care.

Throughout his career, neurologist Dr. Anthony Alessi has served as a consultant for professional boxers and football and baseball players, as well as UConn student-athletes.

Dr. Alessi and the Concussion (R)evolution

feature UConn Health’s Dr. Anthony Alessi has treated athletes from boxers to UConn student-athletes to average Joes for decades. Through it all, he’s had a unique view into the way we treat and prevent head trauma in sports.

Clinical Innovations

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3-D Printed Model Allows Brain Surgeons to Rehearse

Researchers harness the power of 3-D printing to give new neurosurgeons a practice brain.

Research Stories
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New Epilepsy Monitoring Technology Tailors Patient Care

State-of-the-art new unit provides tools to determine the best way to halt seizures.

Clinical Innovations
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Pinpointing Risk Factors to Prevent Postoperative Delirium

An aging population means more surgeries, which can lead to a potentially dangerous mental state. How can we stop it?

Clinical Innovations
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Blood Vessels in Your Brain Don’t All Act the Same

A UConn physiologist uncovers a contradiction that keeps us breathing.

Research Stories

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Veteran’s Hearing Restored

UConn Health is using advanced cochlear implant technology to restore hearing in patients living with severe hearing loss.

Clinical Innovations
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Cooling Off Chemotherapy’s Side Effects

UConn Health is the only Connecticut institution outside Fairfield County to offer its breast cancer patients optional scalp-cooling therapy to reduce their chances of hair loss from chemotherapy treatments.

Clinical Innovations

Follow-Up – Fall 2017

Research doesn’t stop once we report it. Read updates on past UConn Health Journal stories.

Research Notes
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Hurricane Relief

UConn docs provide medical assistance in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands after devastating storms.

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Lab Notes – Fall 2017

Are e-cigarettes safe? How much exercise do you need to improve your well-being? Read about these and other recent UConn Health breakthroughs.

Research Notes
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To Our Readers

For the past two years, UConn Health Journal has strived to translate what UConn Health’s life-changing research means for patients. This issue features a deep dive into varied work related to the brain.

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Training the Doctors of Tomorrow

Q&A with Dr. Bruce Liang, dean of the UConn School of Medicine

UConn Health Journal is a publication of University Communications at the University of Connecticut. Contributing Writers: Kristen Cole, Jessica McBride, Peter Nelson, Colin Poitras Contributing Photographers: Ken Cedeno/International Medical Corps, Dr. Robert Fuller, Dr. Natalie Moore, Lauren Woods