Lakeland, FL – Watson Clinic neurologist Jeffrey A. Rumbaugh, MD, PhD has co-authored a study which was recently published in Neurology Clinical Practice, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
In the study, Dr. Rumbaugh uncovered and explored five new phenomena related to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and its role in the development of neurocognitive disorders. The virus represents the leading cause of dementia in people under the age of 40 worldwide.
“Now that we’ve been able to successfully treat HIV for some years, we’ve had an opportunity to observe the effects of living with the virus long-term,” observes Dr. Rumbaugh. “This research examines the emergence of neurological conditions such as dementia, the socioeconomic impact of the virus in countries like Africa, as well as the interaction between HIV and other factors which may also cause neurological complications, such as drug abuse, and vulnerabilities to other infections and chronic diseases.”
Another eye-opening aspect of the article concerns the most prominent HIV medication regimens, and examines how these medications can be manipulated to more effectively target the virus’ effects on the brain.
Dr. Rumbaugh received his medical degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where he also earned his PhD in biochemistry. He conducted his internship in internal medicine at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, and performed his neurology residency and served as Chief Resident at John Hopkins Hospital. He served as the assistant professor of neurology in the neuroimmunology divisions of both John Hopkins and Emory University hospitals.
Dr. Rumbaugh’s areas of expertise include neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis, neuro-infectious diseases, and the neurological complications from HIV infections and Lyme disease. He is a member of the American Neurological Association, the International Society of Neurovirology, and the American Academy of Neurology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.
Dr. Rumbaugh’s practice is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Clinic at 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland. Appointments with Dr. Rumbaugh may be scheduled by calling 863-680-7300.
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