Monday, April 18, 2011

All Stars Win Neurobowl for 10th Time

Don't These Guys Ever Lose?

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- For the 10th time in 13 years, a team of neurologists called the All Stars has won a popular competition called Neurobowl® that's modeled after TV quiz shows. Neurobowl was one of the highlights of the 2011 annual meeting in Hawaii of the American Academy of Neurology. Like a quiz show, Neurobowl awards points for answering questions quickly and accurately, and subtracts points for wrong answers. The tougher the question, the higher the point value. Panelists are asked to diagnose perplexing neurological conditions, based on symptoms, video clips, X-rays, etc. Every so often, the host will toss out a pop culture question with a medical angle. For example: On the old TV doctor show, who played the title role of Dr. Ben Casey? (Answer: Vince Edwards.) The 2011 All Stars include Dr. José Biller, chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Dr. Nancy Newman of Emory University; Dr. Marc Patterson of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. James Russell of the Lahey Clinic near Boston; and team captain Dr. Anthony Lang of the University of Toronto. Each All Star has a different strength. Lang is strong in movement disorders, Newman in neuro-ophthalmology, Patterson in pediatric neurology, Russell in neuromuscular disease and Biller in stroke. AANnews®, the neurology academy’s newsletter, has reported that Neurobowl competitors are among "the best and brightest in neurology." But the All Stars don't take themselves too seriously. Last year, the team wore baseball uniforms to the competition. This year, they wore grass skirts and loud Hawaiian shirts. "You need to have a good sense of humor and remain collegial," Biller said. "It's entertainment."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.