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Meredith Barad, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current research interests involve novel treatment paradigms for challenging pain problems such as orofacial pain, trigeminal neuralgia and low pressure headaches. I am also interested in migraine and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. Finally I amI interested in the intersection between chronic pain and headache.
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am researching the neurobiology underlying cognitive problems in pediatric epilepsy. I am using transcranial magnetic stimulation paired with EMG and EEG to study cortical excitability and plasticity in children with benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS or Rolandic Epilepsy). I am investigating whether changes in plasticity affect a child's ability to learn.
Brent R. Bluett
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Bio Dr. Brent Bluett received his bachelor?s degree in psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He graduated medical school at Touro University with national osteopathic medicine honors as a member of Sigma Signa Phi. He completed neurology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern at Austin, during which he was resident chair of the Texas Neurological Society. Afterwards, he went on to obtain a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of California San Diego directed by Dr. Irene Litvan, a world renowned expert in atypical parkinsonism. Prior to joining the Stanford movement disorders program, Dr. Bluett worked at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Dr. Bluett?s clinical expertise is in all movement disorders including Parkinson?s disease, essential tremor, Huntington?s disease, dystonia, normal pressure hydrocephalus, ataxia, and atypical parkinsonism (progressive supranuclear Palsy, dementia with lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy). He is trained and skilled in the administration of botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation programming.
Dr. Bluett is a member of the Parkinson Study Group, Huntington Study Group, National Ataxia Foundation, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, and he recently helped create and develop the CurePSP Centers of Care ? a national initiative dedicated to increasing access to care and advancing research initiatives for progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration.
Dr. Bluett?s research focuses on falls prevention in movement disorders. He received NIH grant funding to explore freezing of gait in Parkinson?s disease, in order to better understand the underlying pathophysiology. He is expanding this research at Stanford University by using virtual reality to explore treatments for this disabling phenomenon.
Rodrigo Martin Braga
Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Bio Rodrigo trained with Robert Leech and Richard Wise at Imperial College London, where he obtained his Ph.D. investigating the neural systems involved in top-down attention to auditory and visual modalities. Rodrigo was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to travel to Harvard University to work with Randy Buckner. There he developed methods to characterize functional networks within individuals and using high-resolution mapping techniques at high-magnetic-strength 7T MRI. Rodrigo holds a K99 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Health, and currently works with Josef Parvizi and Russ Poldrack.
Rodrigo?s research aims to understand the function and physiology of the distributed networks that occupy association cortex. A long-standing hypothesis is that these large-scale networks are specialized and interact to enable different cognitive processes. Revealing the nature of these specializations requires functional imaging to be conducted with enough precision to resolve functional zones that are finely juxtaposed and interdigitated along the complex geometry of the cortical surface. Rodrigo uses dense-sampling fMRI techniques that can delineate functional anatomy with precision within individuals. At Stanford, Rodrigo is combining fMRI network mapping with intracranial methods that can reveal the electrophysiological basis of the distributed networks, including how network regions interact to form networks, and how different networks interact to perform cognitive functions.
Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MS
John E. Cahill Family Professor, Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focus is human motor control and brain pathophysiology in movement disorders. Our overall goal is to understand the role of the basal ganglia electrical activity in the pathogenesis of movement disorders. We have developed novel computerized technology to measure fine, limb and postural movement. With these we are measuring local field potentials in basal ganglia nuclei in patients with Parkinson's disease and dystonian and correlating brain signalling with motor behavior.
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests We seek to understand the mechanisms responsible for the resistance of cancers to treatment and to develop strategies to overcome these resistances. We are using molecular and cellular techniques and mouse models to potentiate the activity of radiation on tumors by inhibiting the bone marrow rescue of the tumor vasculature following therapy.
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, of Neurology, of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Structural Biology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests One of Axel Brunger's major goals is to decipher the molecular mechanisms of synaptic neurotransmitter release by conducting imaging and single-molecule/particle reconstitution experiments, combined with near-atomic resolution structural studies of the synaptic vesicle fusion machinery.
Paul Buckmaster, DVM, PhD
Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Mechanisms of epilepsy, especially temporal lobe epilepsy.