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Dr. Catherine Curtin is a plastic/hand surgeon. Her clinical focus is peripheral nerve surgery and upper limb reconstruction. She attended Wellesley college and Yale University for medical school. She did her residency at the University of Michigan and her hand fellowship at Stanford University. She completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Curtin has specialized in hand surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. She has a particular interest in improving the upper limb function for people with spinal cord injury. She is also interested in nerve pain and the role of surgery to help this pain. Her research focuses on both these areas: upper limb function for spinal cord injury and treatment of neuropathic pain.
Maintaining and optimizing upper limb function in people with spinal cord injury and other nerve disorders. We are looking at different treatment modalities from tendon transfers to nerve transfers. We are assessing issues with access to care and optimizing surgical outcomesImproving pain and general well being after severe hand injuries.Improving treatment and recognition of pain.We are using big data to assess what are the factors associated with reduced pain. We are interested in developing guidelines for surgeons on the best strategies to reduce post operative pain.
Supporting Patient Decisions About UE Surgery in Cervical SCI
The goal of this study is to collect and describe patient and caregiver reported outcomes
regarding surgical and non-surgical treatment for improving hand and arm function in the
setting of cervical spinal cord injury. Eligible study participants will be recruited across
the 4 sites and the investigators plan to recruit the following groups and numbers of
1. Nerve or tendon transfer recipients: people who have elected to undergo nerve (N=10) or
tendon (N=10) transfer surgery to restore some hand and arm function as part of their
standard clinical care and their caregiver (N=20)
2. Non-surgical control group: people with cervical SCI (N=20) and their caregiver (N=20)
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Use of PET/MR Imaging in Chronic Pain
The investigators are studying the ability of PET/MR imaging (using the PET tracer [18F]FDG)
to objectively identify and characterize pain generators in patients suffering from chronic
[18F]FTC-146 PET/MRI in Healthy Volunteers and in CRPS and Sciatica
Chronic pain can result from injured or inflamed nerves, as occurs in people suffering from
sciatica and CRPS. These nerve injuries or regions of nerve irritation are often the cause of
pain in these conditions, but the current diagnostic tools are limited in pinpointing the
area of origin. Several studies have implicated involvement of sigma-1 receptors in the
generation and perpetuation of chronic pain conditions, others are investigating anti sigma-1
receptor drugs for the treatment of chronic pain. Using the sigma-1 receptor (S1R) detector
and experimental radiotracer [18F]FTC-146 and positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance
imaging (PET/MRI) scanner, the researchers may potentially identify the source of pain
generation in patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and chronic
sciatica. The ultimate goal is to assist in the optimization of pain treatment regimens using
an [18F]FTC-146 PET/MRI scan.
The study is not designed to induce any physiological/pharmacological effect.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
For more information, please contact Sandip Biswal, MD, 650-725-8018.