Posts by Jennette Zarko

The caregiver perspective: Jennifer’s story

My husband, Charles, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. He was 65. Over the next six years, my role changed as his disease progressed: I went from supportive care partner to supportive...

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Nourish your neurons during the 2018 Brain Awareness Season

What are the ingredients we need to maximize our brains' potential? This year, our 2018 Brain Awareness Season lecture series explores the critical influence nourishing the brain has on our daily...

Researcher credits Tax Checkoff Grant for work/life flexibility

I am a (mostly) stay at home mom. I spend my days playing with my 15-month-old son while simultaneously keeping our house running. We go to the library, play at parks, listen to music, read books,...

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Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2017

As we welcome in 2018, here’s a look back at the ten most popular posts of 2017. 1. A strong neuroscience program is about to get stronger—meet leaders and researchers at the...

Brain donation at OHSU

If a patient has a brain disease, usually the family will donate the brain for study after death for a couple of reasons. The first is to find out the final diagnosis. The second is to understand...

Concussion clinic improves care through integration of specialties

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, with transient brain impairment that naturally resolves, but can have prolonged symptoms for some individuals. The Concussion Treatment Clinic within...

Stanley A. Herring, M.D. Clinical Professor, Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery University of Washington

Discovering the latest in TBI research, evaluation and treatment

For many graduate students, myself included, conferences and symposiums are little more than an opportunity to stuff your face with free food, nervously defend your most bewildering preliminary data,...

Innovative technologies used for the assessment of concussion and TBI

Neuropsychologists measure the relationship between how the brain is functioning and how people think and act as a result. Although they have incorporated advances in brain imaging to improve our...

OHSU research targets chronic balance dysfunction in mTBI patients

Abnormal balance control during standing and walking has been documented in patients who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. These problems may improve over the weeks...