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Feekes study featured in Brain

A study conducted by Joel Feekes (’00) was selected as the cover story for the prestigious neurology journal Brain, published by Oxford University Press. Brain is a professional journal of original contributions in neurological science studies and practical clinical trials.

Feekes 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. The paper in Brain was part of his thesis work on the microvascular supply of specific regions of the human brain and how these territories of supply relate to stroke and stroke symptoms. Currently, he is doing neuroanatomy research on the organization of inputs to dopaminergic centers of the brain, important for movement and implicated in Parkinson’s Disease.

His publication in the August 2006 issue of Brain (vol. 129. no. 8) 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.

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.