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Neurosurgery Resident Featured in School of Medicine Blog

In this Stanford School of Medicine Scope blog post, neurosurgery resident Dr. Adela Wu writes about the importance of personalizing the informed consent process before a procedure.

A Handless Surgeon: Expand Our Profession by Expanding Imagination

Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. John R. Adler, muses about the definition of surgery and how expanding our imagination will help to advance surgical technique and innovation in this Medscape editorial. 

Neuroscience Team Is Building A Virtual Hippocampus

A research team led by James R. Doty Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, Ivan Soltesz, has successfully built a virtual model of sizable sections of the hippocampus, to better understand learning and memory.

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Concussion Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guideline for treating mild brain trauma. Angela Lumba-Brown, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and of emergency medicine, and co-director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, was interviewed during this NPR segment.

People with Paralysis Equipped with Brain Implant Operate Computer Just by Thinking

In a new clinical trial, Stanford Neurosurgeons Dr. Jaimie Henderson and Paul Nuyujukian, PhD, demonstrate that people with paralysis who have been equiped with a brain implant can now write emails, watch videos, or shop online, just by thinking.

New Study Links Autism to Zinc Deficiency

A new study co-authored by Stanford professor of neurosurgery, John Huguenard, finds zinc deficiency could potentially contribute to autism in children.

Stanford Neurosurgeon Talks Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fograty Lecture

Stanford neurosurgeon and Cyberknife inventor, Dr. John R. Adler, spoke recently at the 20th Annual Fogarty Lecture where he shared stories with the audience about his life as both a doctor and entrepreneur.

Stanford Neurosurgery Research Professor's Biotech Company Sucessfully Closes Series A Financing

CuraSen Therapeutics, Inc., a Stanford originated Biotech founded by Dr. Mehrdad Shamloo in 2017, has successfully closed $54.4 million Series A Financing. 

Concussion Researchers Study Head Motion in High School Football Players

In a study launched last month, a research team led by concussion experts David Camarillo, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD, is outfitting Bay Area high school football players with mouthguards that measure the motion of the head during impacts sustained in practices and games.

Stanford Neurosurgeon Named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 List

Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, was named to Ebony Magazine's 2018 Ebony Power 100 list. The list honors "those who have over the past year created, led and defied barriers in their representations of Black Excellence."

Surgery in Space: Medicine's Final Frontier

Sandip S. Panesar, MD, MSc, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurosurgery, explores the unique alterations to human physiology and accompanying medical care needs that will likely be associated with future space travel. 

New Institute Series Highlights Experiences of Faculty Researchers

A new Stanford Neuroscience Institute Series, #BrainsBehindTheInstitute, highlights the stories and experiences that inspire faculty researchers, including Department of Neurosurgery's Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart, and Dr. Marion Buckwalter.

HBO's "Vice" Features Stanford Neurosurgeons

The work of Stanford neurosurgeons, Dr. Jaimie Henderson and Dr. Casey Halpern is featured on HBO's documentary TV series, Vice, highlighting the latest in neurotechnology research.

Netflix Show Features Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, and Moyamoya Patient Tokimonsta

Netflix's "Explained" takes a look at how music is processed in the brain and impacts our daily lives. Department Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, explains how he treated a music producer with Moyamoya disease, who lost and then regained her ability to create music.

CDC Releases First Guildelines Focused on Treatment for Kids After Concussion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a major new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children. Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown, co-director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, is first author of the guideline.

Stanford Collaborates wtih TeachAids to Launch Concussion Education 

Stanford neurosurgeons have teamed up with TeachAids to create CrashCourse, a new, interactive, concussion prevention and education course. 

New NSF Research Traineeship Awarded to Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery

The National Science Foundation has awarded Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, E.J. Chilchilnisky, PhD, funding to support training of future generations of scientists in NeuroTech.

The Future of Surgery Has Arrived in a Newly Opened Center at Packard 

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Gerald Grant, comments about the many advantages of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's newly opened surgery suite. 

John McCain’s Brain Cancer, Glioblastoma, Is Nearly Impossible to Treat

Stanford Neurosurgeon, Gordon Li, MD discusses Glioblastoma's complexity, and what researchers are doing to better detect and fight this form of brain cancer. 

Deep Brain Stimulation May Prove Effective for Alcoholism

Preliminary studies by Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Casey Halpern, and resident, Dr. Allen Ho, show Deep Brain Stimulation may be a beneficial therapy for those with severe alcoholism.

Stanford Researchers Start Concussion Study with High School Athletes

Stanford neurosurgeons, Dr. Gerald Grant and Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, are teaming up with several regional high schools for a study that will use virtual reality headsets to track eye movements to better spot concussions.

Professor of Neurosurgery Appointed to Aspen Institute Fellowship

Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, has been selected to join the Aspen Institute's Health Innovators Fellowship Class of 2018. The Fellowship selects a distinguished group of healthcare leaders committed to developing new approaches to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Address Physician Burnout 

Stanford neurosurgeons, Drs. Michel Kliot and Anand Veeravagu, and med student, Kunal Varshneya, share how the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery is making significant efforts to improve physician health and well-being, In this American Association of Neurological Surgeons feature article.

Stanford Medicine's 1:2:1 Podcast features Neurosurgeon Dr. Odette Harris

Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, sat down for a special Stanford Medicine 1:2:1 podcast, to talk about her experiences as a minority in her field and what inspired her to become a neurosurgeon.

Professor of Neurosurgery Receives Stanford School of Medicine Outstanding Honor

Theo Palmer, PhD, professor of neurosurgery, received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Service. This award recognizes faculty who make distinguished contributions towards enhancing the quality of training and the experiences of graduate students in the biosciences at Stanford.

Stanford Researcher Receives Prestigious McKnight Foundation Award

Stanford Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Brad Zuchero, PhD, received the 2018 McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Scholar Award. The Award is given to young scientists whose work has significant clinical implications. 

Local Brain Injury Support Group Responds to Unmet Need

Stanford Synapse, a student-run group, provides on-campus support and advocacy for people who've suffered from brain injuries, during recovery and in dealing with challenges of life after brain injury.

Stanford Neurosurgery Postdoc Creates New Site to Simplify Science

In an effort to make science more accesible for all, Stanford Neurosurgery postoctoral researcher, Vinita Bharat, has created a new website that uses illustrations and humor to simplify complex scientific ideas.

10Q Podcast Features Stanford Neurosurgeon's DBS Research

Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Casey Halpern, answers questions about his latest research on the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat impulsive and addictive behavior, on KCBS Radio's 10Q Podcast.

Stanford Neurosurgeon Publishes New Text on Trigeminal Neuralgia

Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Steven Chang, and Stanford resident, Dr. Allen Ho, published a new textbook - a critical scholarly resource that examines the monitoring, management, and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia

Stem Cells Against Stroke

Stroke survivor, writer Don C. Reed, shares his story, and talks about the importance of the California Stem Cell Research Program, and the stem cell therapy for stroke work conducted at Stanford.   

Stanford Neurosurgeon Honored with UCSD 40 Under 40 Alumni Award

Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart, will receive UC San Diego's 2018 40 Under 40 Healer Award, a recognition given to outstanding alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Present and Receive Awards at AANS Annual Meeting

Several Stanford Faculty and Residents presented this April in New Orleans at the Annual AANS Scientific Meeting, where Drs. Donald J. Prolo and John R. Adler received prestigious honors for their pioneering work in neurosurgery.

Stanford Researcher Perfecting Electronic-Brain Communication 

The work of Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, E.J. Chichilnisky, PhD, on rebuilding the retina with electronics, is highlighted in this German Television piece about the future of brain-computer interface. 

Medical Team Combines Surgery and Cyberknife to Tackle Brain Tumors

A Stanford medical team, including neurosurgeon Dr. Melanie Hayden Gephart, created an individualized and successful treatment plan for patient who battled both stage-4 lung cancer and subsequent brain tumors.

Stanford Neurosurgeon Uses Robotic Assistant to Detect Seizures

Stanford Neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, used a robotic assistant to detect seizures, caused by tubers, deep in a 3-year-old girl's brain without the need to open her skull or even shave her head. 

Stanford Pediatric Neurosurgeon Performs Innovative Surgery to Eliminate Seizures

Dr. Gerald Grant, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, performed a surgery using the ROSA robot to eliminate a 3-year-old's seizures caused by Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

Stanford Neurosurgeon's Promotion Makes History

Stanford Neurosurgeon, Dr. Odette Harris recently made history for becoming America's first black female neurosurgery academic professor. 

Stanford Concussion Experts Team Up, Receive New Funding for Research

Foremost concussion experts, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Gerald Grant and bioengineer Dr. David Camarillo, have teamed up to transform the science and treatment of head injuries. 

National MS Society Awards Stanford Researcher Prestigious Scholar Award

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has awarded Brad Zuchero, PhD, the prestigious Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award. The Award will fund 5 years of work focused on improving our understanding of the role actin cytoskeleton plays in controling myelination and remyelination. 

New Neuroanatomy Lab Bridges Virtual Reality, Operating Room

Stanford’s Department of Neurosurgery has a new anatomy lab next door to its virtual reality center. Together, the labs are a valuable resource for trainees and surgeons alike.

Brain Tumor Lab Tour

Scientists in Dr. Melanie Hayden-Gephart's lab and Dr. Gordon Li's lab,  guided guests through interactive stations, showing how research to better understand how brain tumors work, and how to stop them, is conducted. 

Recovering from Stroke: Engineers, Biologists and Doctors Focus on a Win

Stanford neurologists are working together to remove barriers between engineering, medicine and basic science researchers to improve long-term stroke recovery.

Latest Stanford Med Magazine Highlights Department Faculty

Stanford Medicine Magazine's Winter 2018 Issue, "Charting Medicine's Unknowns," features recent research by several Department of Neurosurgery faculty on a variety of topics, including stroke and Parkinson's disease.

Defects in Mitochondria Further Linked to Parkinson’s in Stanford Study

New research by Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Xinnan Wang, PhD, finds that mitochondrial malfunctions in certain nerve cells may contribute to certain Parkinson's disease symptoms. 

Stanford Study Finds Specific set of Nerve Cells Controls Seizures’ Spread through Brain

The results of a new study identifying a specific set of cells that control temporal lobe epileptic seizures, could lead to more effective therapies for people with this common type of epilepsy.

Tad and Dianne Taube Gift $14.5 Million to Launch Youth Addiction and Children’s Concussion Initiatives

A portion of the Taube's gift will go toward concussion education, care, and research, led by Stanford pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Gerald Grant. 

A Look Into the Causes of Epilepsy with a Stanford Neuroscientist

Scope Blog highlights ongoing research on epilepsy emerging from the lab of John Huguenard, PhD, professor of neurology and of neurosurgery. 

Stanford-led Clinical Trial Shows Broader Benefits of Acute-Stroke Therapy

In a multicenter study led by Stanford researchers at the Stanford Stroke Center, the number of stroke patients who died or required confinement to nursing homes was nearly cut in half, the biggest improvement seen in any stroke-related trial to date.