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Surgical advances help 10-year-old boy leave his disabling seizures behind

A team at Stanford Children's Health, led by pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, performed a delicate brain surgery using sophisticated robotics and high-tech imaging to eliminate a 10-year-old boy's frequent and powerful epileptic seizures.

Redefining Education During the Pandemic

Stanford neurosurgeons are rethinking their programs and delivery of education and training to ensure that all students interested in the neurosciences and neurosurgery have access. 

One fighter's incredible year: Surprise wedding, brain surgery and MMA return

MMA fighter, Vince Murdock, returns to UFC just one year after brain surgery at Stanford to treat moyamoya disease. Murdock's neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg, provides comment on Murdock's surgery and recovery.

Beaming Lights into the Brain can Recreate the Feeling of Ketamine 

Stanford scientists have identified key brain circuitry that plays a role in the mysterious experience called dissociation, in which people can feel disconnected from their own body and from reality.

The Mind Readers

This New York Times opinion piece explores the current state of brain-computer interfaces and highlights the work of Casey Halpern, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery.

Michael Lim to lead Stanford’s Department of Neurosurgery

Developing A Connection: Stanford Researcher Featured on Gastonauts Podcast

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Julia Kaltschmidt, PhD, discusses how neurons in the spinal cord form connections with other nerves, and her work in the Kaltschmidt Lab, on the Gastronauts Podcast.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Update Guidelines for Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

The 2020 Update of the Decompressive Craniectomy Recommendations is now available in the September issue of Neurosurgery. A Stanford team led by neurosurgeons Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS, and Odette Harris, MD, MPH, contributed to the update which incorporates new evidence and outcomes data to better guide surgeons in the care of patients with severe TBI and intracranial hypertension. 

How thoughts could one day control electronic prostheses, wirelessly

A Stanford team of researchers led by neurosurgeon Jaimie Henderson, MD, identified the specific neural signals needed to control a prosthetic device, and designed the circuitry that would enable a future, wireless brain-computer interface to process these signals.
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Brain surgeon: 'If you're Black and a woman, nothing else is visible'

Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Odette Harris shares first-hand accounts of how race and racism can impact a doctor’s and a patient’s experience, with the Today Show. 

U.S. Olympic And Paralympic Committee’s Launch VR Concussion Education Series ‘CrashCourse’

Stanford's TeachAids has collaborated with the Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center to offer a new concussion education series for young athletes. 

When Your Mother Is A Neurosurgeon

In a Stanford Medicine Scope Blog interview, teenaged sisters Reece and Alister Sharp, discuss the children's book they co-wrote about being inspired by their mom, Stanford neurosurgeon Odette Harris, MD, MPH.

Telemedicine During COVID-19 and a Changing Health Care System

Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. John Ratliff discusses healthcare challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, and how telemedicine is helping caregivers continue to take care of their patients.

Connecting Patients with Loved Ones During COVID-19

Neurosurgery resident, Adela Wu, MD, reflects on the new reality of caring for brain surgery patients during the COVID-19 outbreak when visitors are kept away from loved ones in the hospital. 

Gel Smooths Cells’ Ride Through Syringes in Regenerative Therapy

A new study by Stanford neurosurgical researcher Giles Plant, PhD, reports that a customized gel developed at Stanford acts as a shock absorber for regenerative cells during and after their perilous journey through the tip of a syringe to the targeted tissue.

New Brain Implant Device Could Record Activity in Thousands of Neurons

A team of Stanford researchers led by Jun Ding, PhD, has developed a device capable of simultaneously recording different brain regions.

Differences in TBI Reocvery in Male and Female Service Members

A new study led by Maheen Adamson, PhD, suggests men and women service members and vetetrans may recover differently from concussions.

Virtual Reality Brings New Vision to Healthcare

WebMD highlights the use of VR in a variety of healthcare settings, including how pediatric neurosurgeons at Stanford are using the technology to practice complex surgery.

The Case for Mindfulness and Compassion

James R. Doty, MD, FAANS discusses stress in neurosurgery and how practicing mindfulness and meditation can be a possible remedy for burnout amongst physicians and surgeons. 

Concussion Sub-Types Identified

In a recent paper, neurosurgeon Jamshid Ghajar and pediatric emergency physician Angela Lumba-Brown identified five subtypes of concussions and recommended a different initial treatment for each one. 

The Neural Network: Can Shocking the Brain Prevent Overeating?

Casey Halpern, MD, discusses his study using stimulating brain electrodes to induce weight loss in patients with binge eating disorder, on The Neural Network podcast.

In An Angry America, a New Remedy Emerges: Compassion

The science of compassion is changing, gaining recognition as an important component of health within organizations and businesses. Stanford Neurosurgeon James Doty, MD, comments on the evolution of the science of compassion.

Burnout in Brain City

The latest issue of Stanford Medicine Magazine highlights the work of Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD; her discoveries about mitochondria’s role in Parkinson’s, and how they may improve diagnosis and treatment.

A New View on Brain Surgery

Stanford Magazine features neurosurgeons, Drs. Gordon Li, Jaimie Henderson, Casey Halpern, and Melanie Hayden-Gephart, and the work they're doing using advanced imaging to enhance precision during brain surgery. 

Why Talking with our Hands May Help Restore Speech

A new study co-authored by Dr. Jaimie Henderson using electrodes implanted in the part of the brain responsible for hand-movement control may provide a breakthrough for people with apahsia.

Stanford Neurosurgeon's Work Featured by Aspen Institute

The work Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Odette Harris, MD, is doing to expand opportunities for low-income, under-represented minority high-school graduates, is featured in The Aspen Institute's 2019-2020 Magazine. 

Ultrasound May Ease Common Form of Hand Tremor

A new study led by Dr. Casey Halpern, found that using focused ultrasound thalamotomy may benefit patients with essential tremor, specifically reducing the hand tremors associated with the condition.

Inspired by a Stay at Stanford Hospital, a Teacher Becomes a Nurse

For years Bethel Tan was a high school math teacher in Maryland, but after a hospital stay at Stanford where she was treated for Moyamoya disease, Tan decided to change careers and join the health care force.

Taking Benzodiazepines Boosts Chances of Long-term Opioid Use

In a new study, Dr. John Ratliff finds that taking a common psychoactive medication along with opioids nearly triples the chance that a patient will become a long-term opioid user.

Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for 2-Year-Old

A team of world-renowned skull base surgeons led by Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda and Dr. Gerald Grant used virtual reality and endoscopic endonasal surgery to save a toddler from a life-threatening craniopharyngioma.

ROSA™ and Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery May Cure Epilepsy

7-year-old Brynn is no longer experiencing epileptic seizures, thanks to a surgery performed by Packard Children's Dr. Gerald Grant using ROSA™ the robotic surgical tool.

Rewiring the Brain: Zapping with Precision

Maheen Mausoof Adamson, PhD, provides insight on the many neuromodulation strategies now available to treat brain injury and the potential of further research to accomplish much more.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Team Collaborates with Uganda’s Neurosurgical Residency Program

During a recent medical team trip to Uganda Stanford neurosurgeons, nurses, operating room technicians, residents, and medical students spent a week volunteering at the Mbarara Hospital, working side-by-side with Ugandan doctors.

An Artificial Retina May Restore Sight to the Blind

The Stanford Artificial Retina Team, led by E.J. Chichilnisky, the John R. Adler Professor, has developed a new technique to overcome a major barrier to a functioning artifical retina - heat. 

Young Blood for Targeting Age-Related Diseases

Young blood isn’t a fountain of youth, but some of its molecular factors could help regenerate neurons and blood vessels, researchers say. The work of Thomas Südhof, the Avram Goldstein Professor, is referenced in this piece.

$3.5 million Awarded to Scientist for High-Risk, High-Reward Research

Jin Hyung Lee, PhD, received the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award  - a grant to study the use of innovative technology to analyze brain circuitry.

Scientists Find Potential Diagnostic Tool, Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study led by Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD, investigators identified a molecular defect that seems almost universal among patients with Parkinson’s disease and those at a high risk of acquiring it.

Mild Head Trauma Can Damage Brain's Protective Barrier, Study Finds

A new study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant finds preliminary evidence of damage to the brain’s protective barrier in adolescent and adult athletes even if they did not report a concussion.

Researchers Studying Links Between Cardiovascular Health and Dementia

Stanford researcher Dr. Marion Buckwalter, discusses vascular dementia, its link to Alzheimers Disease, and lifestyle changes that may prevent the disease. 

Stanford Clinical Associate Professor Talks Neuralink

Maheen Adamson, PhD, clinical associate professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry and behavioral sciences, spoke with The Stanford Daily about Neuralink - Elon Musk’s venture into the health care industry.

What Type of Concussion is it? 

Stanford neurosurgeon, Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, was part of a national collaboration of concussion expderts that recently identified and published the first-ever concussion sub-types guidelines.

Concussion Researchers Publish Groundbreaking Manuscript

A national team of researchers,  including Neurosurgeon  Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, have for the first time provided evidence-based guidelines for concussion classification.  

One Bicycle Crash and Six Years of Recovery

Just days after moving to the Bay Area, Anthony Macchio-Young underwent emergency neurosurgery at Stanford for a severe traumatic brain injury. Neurosurgeon Dr. Odette Harris was on call that night and saved Macchio-Young's life.

How Does Radiation in Space Affect the Brain?

A Q&A with professor of neurosurgery and neurosciences Ivan Soltesz, PhD, discusses Soltesz' new study investigating how chronic, space-like irradiation impacts the brain function of mice. 

Shocking the Brain to Treat the Stomach

A new clinical trial led by Dr. Casey Halpern, will zap the brain’s reward center to help people who struggle with obesity and binge eating.

Immigration Exhibit Features Stanford Neurosurgeon

Dr. Odette Harris shares her immigration story in Immigrants Are US, a new traveling photography exhibit featuring over 100 Bay Area immigrants, including several Stanford Medicine faculty. 

NeuroPace Epilepsy Tech to be Studied for Binge Eating

A new five-year study conducted at Stanford and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, will examine the efficacy of NeuroPace's epilepsy neuromodulation technology in treating binge-eating disorder in certain patients.

TeachAids Thanks Dr. Gary Steinberg

TeachAids for Concussions extends gratitude to Department Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, for his guidance and support in the development of new components for thhe organization's CrashCourse initiative.

Stanford Neurosurgeon on How Compassion Helps Healing

Dr. James Doty, neurosurgeon at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, discusses the role of compassion in healing.

Tomorrow's Surgeons Are Learning Through Virtual Reality

Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center manager, Malie K. Collins discusses how virtual reality is being used at Stanford's Neurosurgery Department.

Researchers Awarded MURI Grant to Build A Cyberoctopus

Stanford professor of neurosurgery, Ivan Soltesz, PhD, is participating in a $7.5 million, multidisciplinary, multi-university project focused on studying the brain and body of octopuses and other cephalopods.

Concussion Advice for Young Athletes

In preparation for summer sports, pedaitric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, discusses concussion prevention and treatment for kids and parents. 

New AI Tool to Help Detect Brain Aneurysms

Stanford researchers, including neurosurgeon, Dr. Thomas J. Wilson,  improved their diagnoses of brain aneurysms with the help of an artificial intelligence algorithm developed at Stanford. 

Waterloo Woman Survives Complications of Rare Disease

An Iowa woman, Anna Smith suffered multiple strokes caused by Moyamoya, and was flown to Stanford for two brain surgeries performed by Dr. Gary Steinberg. Her experience has inspired her to fundraise and increase stroke and Moyamoya awareness. 

Stanford Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Selected a 2019 Beckman Young Investigator

Brad Zuchero, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, was selected a 2019 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Dr. Zuchero's award will support his research project "Elucidating new roles of myelin in plasticity, learning, and disease."

WoVen Podcast: Breaking ground (and battling bias) in brain surgery

In this Women of Venture podcast Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, discusses her career path and the challenges associated with being an under-represented minority in the field of medicine and in neurosurgery.

Radio Interview: Pediatric Neurosurgeon Discusses Work in North Korea

Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. David Hong, has been regularly visiting North Korea since 2015, providing medical care and training. In this radio interview conducted in South Korea, Dr. Hong discusses his work and why he chooses to continually return to North Korea.

Hadlee’s Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Story

Stanford Children's documents the story of a little girl from a small town in Wyoming who was successfully treated for TSC by Stanford pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, and neurosurgery resident Dr. Jonathon Parker

3-Year-Old Boy Treated for Moyamoya at Stanford after Months of Misdiagnosis

Cash Lee was misdiagnosed after suffering two strokes and endured months of unnecessary medical treatment. With the help of virtual reality, Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Gary Steinberg, correctly diagnosed and treated Lee .

Lower Back or Leg Pain? Waiting Before Imaging Could Save Millions

A new Stanford study led by neurosurgeon Dr. John Ratliff has found that patients with lower back pain undergo imaging unnecessarily and it's costing us half a billion dollars annually.

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

A Pro-Publica investigative piece takes a look at how well-meaning donations end up fueling an unproven, virtually unregulated $2 billion stem cell industry. Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg, is quoted.

Stroke Google Search Leads Woman to Find Her Soulmate

Stanford patient, Moyamoya survivor and awareness advocate, Tara MacInnes, was searching for stories about coast guards who survived a stroke. The search led her to Sean, then they fell in love.

Former 49er Steve Young Addresses Head Injury at Stanford Concussion Summit

Former San Francisco quarterback and Hall of Famer Steve Young attended the Stanford Sports Concussion Summit to share stories from the football field, his concussions and the medical decisions that followed.

Local Mother of 5 Raising Moyamoya Awareness

Janet Dominguez was in her mid-50s when she was first diagnosed with moyamoya disease. She is now spending her time and energy advocating for moyamoya awarenss, including hosting a fundraiser in her hometown. 

Using Electrical Implant to Aid Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

A pilot study led by Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Jaimie Henderson, showed promising results of using an electrical implant in the thalamus to restore near-normal levels of brain function to a woman who suffered severe brain injury in a car accident 18 years ago. 

Physicians Exploring New Approaches to Glioblastoma

Pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, provides comment about the challenges of treating glioblastoma and how crossing the blood-brain barrier with use of omentum surgery may help overcome these challenges. 

After 4 Strokes, Rare Disease and Brain Surgery, Woman Helps Others

Lisa Deck survived 3 strokes in her 20's. When a fourth stroke led to a Moyamoya diagnosis, Deck came to Stanford for two brain surgeries. Deck is now a Go Red for Women national spokeswoman.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Comment on Actress's Aneurysm Experience

Game of Thrones Actress, Emilia Clarke, chose to share her experience surviving two aneurysms in her 20s publicly. Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg, and neuroradiologist, Dr. Jeremy Heit, provide comment on Clarke's experience and general information about the condition.

Stanford Researchers Outline Role of a Deep Brain Structure in Concussion

In a new Stanford study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant, researchers have gathered evidence to suggest that impacts to the side of the head may cause concussion symptoms through damage to the corpus callosum.

Immune Profile Two Days After Stroke Predicts Dementia a Year Later

A new Stanford study, led by Dr. Marion Buckwalter, finds that transient changes in the numbers and activation levels of a handful of circulating immune cell types can predict the likelihood of dementia one year after a stroke.

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Offers Novel, Less Invasive Treatment for Seizures

After several years of suffering from seizures caused by tuberous sclerosis, Dr. Gerald Grant was able to offer Molly a less invasive procedure to remove the brain tumor causing her seizures.

Stanford Neurospine Surgeons Predict Future of Spine Surgery

What will spine surgery be like in 2050? Several Stanford neurospine surgeons looked into a crystal ball and made predictions about the healthcare system, medical technology and patient experience of the future.

Researchers Discover Brain Cells Responsible for Making Pain Unpleasant

A team of Stanford scientists, led by Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Gregory Scherrer, PhD, have identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the emotional experience of pain. 

Stanford Neurosurgery Resident Featured in NREF Success Story

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation featured Stanford Neurosurgery resident Dr. Arjun Pendharkar, and his developing career, as an exceptional example of the the NREF's fellowship program.

Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

Fortune Magazine features Dr. Gary Steinberg's use of virtual reality to prepare for, and operate on a patient with an arteriovenous malformation.