Daniel Yoshor, MD, has been named chair of the department of Neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and vice president of Clinical Integration and Innovation for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.Read more
Announces the theme and contents of the March 2020 issue of Neurosurgical Focus, an online peer-reviewed journal.Read more
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center treated its first patient in a new clinical trial to validate the groundbreaking effects of the poliovirus on glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly Grade IV cancer of the brain.
UH is the only Midwest site participating in this clinical trial, which was initiated at Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, NC. The original study, which ran from 2012-2017, was published in New England Journal of Medicine in July 2018 as well as highlighted on “60 Minutes” in 2015 and again in 2018. The study found that survival rates were significantly higher in glioblastoma patients who received an intratumoral infusion of a modified viral chimera combining the polio and rhinoviruses (PVSRIPO immunotherapy) compared to patients receiving standard treatment at the same institution.Read more
New basic science and clinical research identifies TAU, the same protein studied in the development of Alzheimer’s, as a biomarker for glioma development.Read more
Dolores Hambardzumyan, PhD, MBA, has been appointed Senior Faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery and a member of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.Read more
The Department of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has received more than $10 million in federal funding for several projects focusing on brain tumor research.Read more
The Ray Charles Foundation has made an investment in the future, donatng $1 million to fund a new neurosurgery scholarship program at Cedars-Sinai. Under the direction of Dr. Keith Black, scholarship recipients will receive personalized, mentored research training from neurosciences faculty members while conducting their own research projects.Read more
UC San Diego launches new Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery. The center builds upon Roger Tsien’s legacy, delivering a new caliber of surgical precision to treat patients with tumors and disease of all types, identifying unhealthy tissues with a fluorescent glow.Read more
Katherine (Kathy) Wenning tripped and broke her neck when she was at her weekend home in Washington, Connecticut. Kathy and her husband, Michael, knew she needed emergency care. They weren’t sure where to go because they live in Manhattan, and they’ve never needed urgent medical attention while staying in Washington.Read more
A Rutgers study presents a model for creating a sustainable neurosurgery programs in poor, remote locationsRead more
Drew, a 65-year-old man from Connecticut, was diagnosed with a spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF), which is a rare vascular malformation of the spinal cord that only affects 1 in every 200,000 people.
SDAVFs are underdiagnosed because symptoms can be vague and mirror many other types of medical problems. If left untreated, SDAVFs can result in permanent spinal cord injury.
Despite the uncommon diagnosis, a multidisciplinary care team from Nuvance Health, including primary care, neurology, radiology, and neurosurgery correctly and expeditiously identified and surgically treated Drew’s SDAVF.Read more
A modified protein in benign-appearing meningiomas can reveal which are truly benign and which are more dangerous and require more aggressive treatment, researchers have discovered.Read more