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Feekesí work featured in neurology journal

August 17, 2006

A study conducted by Joel Feekes (Dordt College Class of 2000) was selected as the cover story for the prestigious neurology journal Brain, published by Oxford University Press. Brain is a professional journal that provides researchers and clinicians with the finest original contributions in neurological science studies and practical clinical trials.

Feekes, originally from Sioux Center, completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2005. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he is conducting neuroanatomy research.

Feekes said he is currently examining connections between specific parts of the brain, how it is wired, and how it functions. He is particularly interested in the regions related to motor output and movement that rely on input from the neurotransmitter dopamine, also involved in Parkinson’s Disease. The research involves survival surgery on animal models to gather data.

His publication in Brain was titled “The vascular supply of the functional compartments of the human striatum.” The cover was an enhanced image of barium-sulfate-injected arteries, illustrating part of his thesis work. Contributing to the publication was Feekes’ mentor at the University of Iowa, Dr. Martin Cassell. This month’s issue is posted at http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl

In the past year, Feekes has also been published in the March issue of Biochemistry (Vol 45 (10)), the May issue of American Journal of Neuroradiology (Vol 27 (5)), and last July’s issue of Annals of Neurology (Vol 58 (1)). His work will also be included in the next edition of Dr. John Nolte’s neuroanatomy textbook coming out in spring of 2007. This text is primarily used for teaching medical students.

Feekes is the son of Stan and Judy Feekes, Sioux Center. He is married to Amy (Roodvoets), Calvin College Class of 2002.

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