Charles D. Kassardjian

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The basis for the consolidation of memory is a controversial topic, particularly in the case of motor memory. One view is that motor memory is transferred, partially or completely, to a new location during the consolidation process ("systems consolidation"). We investigated this possibility in a primitive motor system, the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). In(More)
Motor learning is a very basic, essential form of learning that appears to share common mechanisms across different motor systems. We evaluate and compare a few conceptual models for learning in a relatively simple neural system, the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) of vertebrates. We also compare the different animal models that have been used to study the(More)
IMPORTANCE Necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM) is characterized pathologically by necrotic muscle fibers with absent or minimal inflammation. It is often accompanied by statin therapy, connective tissue diseases, cancer, and autoantibodies specific for signal recognition particle (SRP) or 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR). Data are(More)
Motor memory is relatively labile immediately after learning but can become more stable through consolidation. We investigated consolidation of motor memory in the vestibuloocular reflex (VOR). Cats viewed the world through telescopic lenses during 60 min of passive rotation. Learned decreases (gain-down learning) and increases in the VOR gain (gain-up(More)
Intracranial hemangioblastomas are benign vascular tumors. The peak age of incidence is between 20 to 50 years. Hemangioblastomas rarely occur in patients over the age of 65. To our knowledge there is no review of the prevalence and clinical features in an elderly population. We reviewed our 12 year experience with intracranial hemangioblastomas, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Teaching quality improvement (QI) is a priority for residency and fellowship training programs. However, many medical trainees have had little exposure to QI methods. The purpose of this study is to review a rigorous and simple QI methodology (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control [DMAIC]) and demonstrate its use in a fellow-driven QI(More)