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)
UNLABELLED The Pictorial Representation of Illness and Self Measure (PRISM) is a recently developed tool designed to measure the burden of suffering due to illness in a variety of patient populations. The purpose of the current study was to validate PRISM as a measure of suffering in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Patients (n = 138) were recruited(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)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The association between prediabetes and distal polyneuropathy (DPN) remains controversial. Here we test whether the prevalence of small fiber sensory distal polyneuropathy is increased in prediabetes. METHODS Prospectively recruited cohorts of healthy subjects and those with prediabetes from Olmsted County, Minnesota, were(More)
INTRODUCTION Pneumothorax is a potentially serious complication of electromyography (EMG). Data on the frequency of pneumothorax after EMG are lacking. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency, timing, and risk factors for iatrogenic pneumothorax after EMG. METHODS Cases of pneumothorax after EMG were reviewed for clinical,(More)
INTRODUCTION In acid maltase deficiency (AMD), electrical myotonia (EM) may be restricted to paraspinal muscles. A comprehensive description of the electromyographic (EMG) findings in AMD is lacking. The purpose of this study is to describe the EMG features in adult-onset AMD, focusing on the distribution of EM. METHODS A retrospective chart review of AMD(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)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this consensus statement is to provide a recommendation from AANEM experts on the clinical utility of genetic testing. It is not meant to recommend or endorse any specific genetic testing methodology or algorithm. METHODS The AANEM Professional Practice Committee reached a consensus based on expert opinion on the utility of genetic(More)