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Nov 23, 2015

1) Stroke risk stratification in acute dizziness presentations and 2) Topic of the month: Neuromyelitis optica. This podcast for the Neurology Journal begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the print issue of Neurology. In the second segment Dr. Andy Southerland interviews Dr. Kevin Kerber about his paper on stroke risk stratification in acute dizziness presentations. Dr. Sarah Wesley is reading our e-Pearl of the week about focal cortical dysplasia. In the next part of the podcast Dr. Stacey Clardy interviews Dr. Jacqueline Palace about the topic of aquaporin-4 molecular mimicry/pathogenesis/research developments. The participants had nothing to disclose except Drs. Southerland, Kerber, Wesley, Clardy and Palace.Dr. Southerland serves as Podcast Deputy Editor for Neurology®; serves as Clinical Research Advisor for Totier Technologies, Inc.Dr. Kerber received funding for travel from Elsevier Inc. and the American Academy of Neurology; receives royalties from the publication of the book Clinical Neurophysiology of the Vestibular System, 4th edition; is a consultant for the American Academy of Neurology, University of California San Francisco (including work on a project funded by AstraZeneca), and Best Doctors, Inc.; receives research support from the NIH; received speaker honoraria from American Academy of Neurology and University of California San Francisco and loan repayment award from the NIH; reviewed legal records of Phil Pearsons, MD, JD and National Medical Consultants.Dr. Wesley serves on the editorial team for the Neurology® Resident and Fellow Section.Dr. Clardy receives research support from the Western Institute for Biomedical Research.Dr. Palace serves as on the scientific advisory board for Merck Serono, Bayer Schering Pharma, Biogen Idec, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd., Sanofi-aventis, Alexion; received support for attending ECTRIMS Merck Serono Novartis and Biogen Idec Talks at scientific meetings (majority have CME) Bayer Schering Pharma, Biogen Idec, Merck Serono, Medimmune; is a consultant for Ono Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Chugai Pharma Ltd., CI Consulting, Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline, Alexion; serves on the speakers' bureau of Teva The CMSC, U. S.; receives research support from Bayer Schering Pharma, Merck Serono, Novartis Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., MS Society UK, Guthy Jackson Foundation and Department of Health Risk Sharing Scheme, Clinical Coordinator since 2002 Department of Health funding for a neuromyelitis optica service and a congenital myasthenia service; receives revenue from a patent from ISIS innovation Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Oxford, has filed a patent application (WO2013/117930 A2) to protect for the use of metabolomics as a method to diagnose and stage disease in multiple sclerosis.