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  • 07/22/2022 9:00 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Medical Society
    July 21, 2022

    The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline), a free, confidential behavioral health and support line is now available. Anyone can utilize the Lifeline at any time by calling 988 (multiple languages available), texting a message to 988 (English only), or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org (English only). People can connect with a trained crisis counselor to get help for themselves or a loved one experiencing a crisis, such as is thoughts of suicide, a mental health concern, substance use issue or any kind of emotional distress.

    Additional details about the Lifeline:

    • Wisconsin Lifeline counselors are trained to reduce stress, provide emotional support and connect people with local resources.
    • The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available to use at no cost to Wisconsin residents. Additional care or intervention may come with a cost.
    • Wisconsin Lifeline is not able to send an in-person response directly. An in-person response requires a transfer to another service and could involve law enforcement.
    • Calls, texts and chats with Wisconsin Lifeline are confidential between the person and counselor, unless there is imminent danger for the person or others.

    Jerry Halverson, MD, DFAPA, WisMed Board Chair and Rogers Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer, told Fox6, "The purpose of 988 is to help you get over that crisis point, and get you someone that can help you more definitively. This is going to open up access to a lot of people who wouldn’t have taken advantage in the past. It can be a game-changer."

    The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a network of more than 200 support centers around the country. Contacts not answered by in-state partners roll over to a national backup system. The Wisconsin Lifeline has helped ensure that as many contacts as possible are answered by Wisconsin-based counselors who have the best understanding of local communities, cultures and resources. 

    Learn more about Lifeline here.

  • 07/15/2022 10:58 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS joins 75 other other organizations by signing onto a letter urging Congress to explore the issue of "Long COVID".  Read the full letter here. 

  • 04/23/2022 3:03 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    This award is in memory of Bennett Hiner, son of long-time Society member Dr. Bradley Hiner. Bennett passed away unexpectedly in November of 2011. He was a leader in his medical school class at the University of Southern California and actively involved in neuroscience research.


    Qualified applicants are:

    • Medical students enrolled in either the Medical College of Wisconsin or the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
    • Graduate and allied health students who have completed neuroscience research within two years of the application for the award.
    • Have demonstrated leadership experience while enrolled in medical school or graduate programs.

    Learn more & Apply

  • 10/26/2021 8:52 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS held the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on Saturday, October 16th. The Conference was held virtually and drew attendees and exhibitors from across the state. Dr. Amber Ebert, Coram Consulting, LLC kicked off the meeting with an Dementia Intro, Memory Changes: What's Normal?.  A great lineup of speakers filled the day on including a sessions on Alzheimer's Therapeutics, Radiographic Testing for Parkinson's Disorder and a quick hitter session on Three New Things in Neurodegenerative Diseases with updates on REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, ALS, and Parkinson's Disease.  Dr. Charlene Gamaldo from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep Wellness joined us for a keynote presentation on Sleep: The ultimate Example of Neuro Protection.  The day wrapped up with the always popular Francis M. Forster Awards and the Annual Business meeting. Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and exhibitors who were able to join us!

    Save the Date for the 2022 Annual Conference
    October 14-15, 2022
    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • 10/26/2021 8:48 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS is pleased to announce the incoming Board of Directors for 2022-2023!

    Dominic Fee, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI

    Timothy Young, MD
    Mayo Clinic Health System
    Eau Claire, WI

    Vice President
    Aaron Struck, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

    Immediate Past President
    Donn Dexter, MD
    Mayo Clinic Health System
    Eau Claire, WI

    Kathleen Shannon, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

    CME Director
    Jessica Baker, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

  • 10/26/2021 8:48 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Thank you to the outgoing board members; Dr. Jennifer Connelly (CME Chair) and Dr. Doug Dulli (Immediate Past President).  Thank you for your service and leadership to the board, WNS and to neurology in Wisconsin!  

    A special thank you for Dr. Donn Dexter for leading the WNS as President in two of the most difficult years.  He lead us through the pandemic and two virtual conference.  Thank you for your leadership!

  • 10/26/2021 8:47 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    During the WNS Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, October16 the Annual Bennett Hiner Research Award Winners were announced. This award is in memory of Bennett Hiner, son of long-time Society member Dr. Bradley Hiner. Bennett passed away unexpectedly in November of 2011. He was a leader in his medical school class at the University of Southern California and actively involved in neuroscience research.

    2021 Winner

    Mokshal Porwal - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Reported Adverse Events and Safety for Multiple Sclerosis Disease Modifying Therapies

    2021 Runners-up

    Margaret Lieb - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Challenges and Potential in Targeted Muscle Reinnervation in Pediatric Amputees

    Samira Samant - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Prognosticating ALS: The Predictive Value of C9orf72 Mutations and FVC in Disease Progression

    Congratulations to all! 

  • 10/26/2021 8:47 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Each year the Francis M. Forster Award is presented are during the WNS Annual Meeting. Residents and fellows submit their abstracts to their Residency Program Director and a maximum of two abstracts are then selected from each institution (MCW and UW) for presentation at the meeting. The content of the presentations can be either in house research under faculty guidance or interesting cases.  Congratulations to the following. 

    Best Presentation

    William Pennant, MD, MSc
    Looking Under the Rock: Door-to-Needle Experience at a Single Institution

    Runners up

    Mehraveh Garjani, MD, MS
    A Case of Progressive Lower Extremity Weakness

    Hiu Li, MD
    Pediatric Neurology

  • 10/22/2021 8:35 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Registration Now Open for the 2022 AAN Annual Meeting!

    Get ready to reunite in person with your neurology community at the 2022 Annual Meeting’s Great Neuro Reunion April 2–7 in Seattle! Join us for a fresh lineup of top-tier education opportunities in every topic, all the valuable CME you need, the most cutting-edge science covering every subspecialty, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues from around the world.


    Can’t Make It to Seattle? Reunite Virtually!

    The exciting Annual Meeting virtual experience will take place April 24–26 and offer a completely unique lineup of programming separate from the in-person meeting—plus access to session recordings through May 14, 2022. Learn more.

  • 06/23/2021 10:49 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS signs on to support H.R. 3173, The Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act 2021.

    This legislation would streamline the prior authorization process in Medicare Advantage and increase transparency. It has become one of, if not the most broadly bipartisan, broadly supported health care bills on Capitol Hill. This legislation was recently reintroduced and already has over 100 cosponsors, but it is important that WNS show support to ensure it crosses the finish line in the 117th Congress. A summary of the bill, it’s current endorsers, and more can be found on the Regulatory Relief Coalition website, of which the AAN is a member.  

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