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  • Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

    Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

    Redlich Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Functional neuroimaging of pain. Imaging of cognitive and affective dimensions of pain, neural plasticity contributing to chronic pain and effects of treatment.

    Effects of membrane stabilizing medications on neuropathic pain.

    Chronic pain outcomes tools development and measurement.

  • Matthew Markert, MD PhD

    Matthew Markert, MD PhD

    Fellow in Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio I am a clinical fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford Hospital. I completed my training at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, and graduated from the physician scientist training program at The University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine where I conducted research in imaging surrogate markers of neurovascular disease and public health epidemiology. Miami and Kansas City are also where I developed a passion for global health, and were my home when traveling to formative experiences in disaster response and health management in austere conditions.

    After completing my doctoral research training I spent time at the NIH/NINDS with ongoing clinical trials to develop physiologic and neuroimaging markers of psychoactive exposure (e.g. MDMA, THC, JWH018/073), as they related to subject report of the emotional or hallucinatory influence of those drugs. I became interested in epilepsy as a clinical method for defining the interface of human consciousness and behavior, especially as they are modified by pharmacology (e.g. anticonvulsants), structural change (e.g. surgical excision), electrical interference (e.g. brain/machine interface), and emotional control (e.g. stress vs. mindfulness).

    The core of my intellectual passion is functional interface with the brain, especially sensation and perception, towards multi-modal network regulation to include feedback with bidirectional information transfer among users. My first publication was a novel microelectrode for increasing bio-compatibility in a deep somatosensory implant, and the purpose of my medical training is to identify populations where reimbursable treatment procedures and diagnostic methods can power next generation developments within the scope of clinical practice. The existing tools of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Responsive NeuroStimulation (NeuroPace) are just a few of those procedures, with other examples like Stimulation of the Anterior Nucleus of the Thalamus (SANTE) and BrainGate right around the corner. Breakthroughs in data analytics and machine learning are as necessary as device design to bring neural interface technology to into common use, and to the forum of noninvasive consumer-grade methods with reduced risk compared to those that presently require a surgeon or neurologist to play gatekeeper. The trajectory of these efforts is not only more effective neuromodulatory treatments for epilepsy and other neurocognitive pathology, but also the application potential for neurofeedback in the awake and conscious adult (e.g. gauges of attention, memory, emotion), transmission of information between users, and performance enhancement. In addition to the individual benefit for patients and perhaps an improved general understanding of human consciousness, capture of neurologic markers on a population scale will allow us to identify emergent properties in cognitive networks, especially as they relate to behavior, early diagnosis, and treatment optimization. Co-development with creative technological minds is necessary to share platforms that will deliver meaningful use outside of the research environment.

  • William J. Marks, Jr., MD, MS-HCM

    William J. Marks, Jr., MD, MS-HCM

    Adjunct Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Bio Dr. Marks received an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Marquette University and his Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Marks also holds a Master of Science in Health Care Management degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Dr. Marks is Board Certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. Prior to joining the Stanford Faculty, he served as Professor of Neurology at UCSF. His clinical and research interests include movement disorders, epilepsy, neuromodulation, health technology, and health care policy.

    Dr. Marks also serves as Head of Clinical Neurology at Verily Life Sciences, formerly Google Life Sciences—a translational research and engineering organization focused on improving healthcare by applying scientific and technological advances to significant problems in health and biology. At Verily, Dr. Marks is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and initiatives that will advance the understanding of neurological disorders to ultimately improve patient outcomes.