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Ana Rita Batista, PhD, instructor of neurology, shared new research she leads to better understand Cockayne syndrome on Thursday, March 16. Speaker, Jo Kaur, who founded the Riaan Research Initiative with her husband after their son, Riaan, was diagnosed with Cockayne syndrome. The Riann Research Initiative is funding preclinical gene replacement therapy research into Cockayne syndrome at UMass Chan.  This panel also featured Terence Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the T.H. Chan School of Medicine. 

A.M. Barrett, MD, chair and professor of neurology, spent time on Friday, March 17 demonstrating the efficacy of brain injury rehabilitation to a panel of 10 Massachusetts journalists regarding the hidden impairment of spatial neglect, a brain-behavioral impairment found in many stroke survivors.  

Here, A.M. Barrett, MD, demonstrated evidence-based right brain rehabilitation treatment using prism adaptation therapy. This treatment is a focus of her research and clinical care and enhances mobility and independence after stroke.