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Top Ten Concussion Research Articles of 2016 - Christine Mac Donald, PhD
Associate Professor Christine Mac Donald’s paper entitled Outcome Trends Following U.S. Military Concussive Traumatic Brain Injury has been honored by the Defense Centers of Excellence as number two on the list of Top 10 Concussion Research Articles of 2016.
Dr. Mac Donald’s article concerns Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression that often accompany combat-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In this study, she and her colleagues looked at 1- year outcomes for service members who sustained a combat-related TBI between 2008 and 2013. After examining possible correlations between PTSD, depression and TBI, they found a trend toward less PTSD in later groups of service members. Overall, however, long-term outcomes for these co-occurring conditions have improved only slightly and are often poor — confirming the importance of early care for PTSD and depression in TBI patients. The overall goal of Dr. Mac Donald’s research is to understand the long term impact of these war-time related injuries to guide new recommendations for clinical management and therapeutic intervention.
Congratulations to Dr. Mac Donald and her team!
VICIS wins Puget Sound Business Journal's innovation in healthcare award for 2017
VICIS, a company cofounded by Neurological Surgery Associate Professor Samuel Browd, has won the Puget Sound Business Journal award for it's football helmet, the Zero1. The helmet is multi-layered and designed to absorb some of the force of an impact. Read more at the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Wounded Mount Vernon police officer sent home after being successfully treated at Harborview
On February 14th, Officer Mike McClaurghy returned home after a miraculous recovery from a gun shot wound to the head. Neurological Surgery Professor and Chair Richard Ellenbogen, who oversaw Officer McClaurghy's treatment, was interviewed for the komonews.com story.
Dr. Michael A. Williams receives Robert H. Pudenz Award
Neurological Surgery Professor Michael A. Williams, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the Robert H. Pudenz Award for Research Excellence in CSF Physiology and Related Disorders for 2015. Dr. Williams received the award for his many contributions to our understanding of the normal and abnormal events associated with the cerebrospinal fluid system.
Nina Jubran's Story
This week KING 5 Health Link profiles Nina Jubran, a young woman whose brain tumor was successfully treated 10 years ago by UW Neurological Surgeon Dr. Richard Ellenbogen. Nina is now giving back to Seattle Children’s through sale of her artwork. Follow this link to see the Health Link story - "Seattle Children’s patient pays it forward"
VICIS helmet designers honored for creation to reduce football players’ risk
The Inventor of the Year Award honors outstanding UW research scientists whose innovations have had a major, positive effect on both healthcare and our local economy. In 2016, the UW School of Medicine recognizes Samuel Browd, MD, PhD, Jonathan Posner, and Per Reinhall for their collaborative work inventing and developing a football helmet that reduces the risk of concussion. Read more on UW Health Sciences News Beat and at http://vicis.co/. We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Browd not only for his outstanding clinical care but also for innovations and medical devices that will define the future of our field. Importantly, Dr. Browd and his colleagues are reaching beyond the boundaries of our institution to help prevent injuries in the first place.
For the first time in humans, researchers use brain surface stimulation to provide 'touch' feedback to direct movement
Drs. Kelly Collins and Jeffrey Ojemann of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UW Medicine, are co-authors on a paper that reports the first use of brain surface stimulation to provide ‘touch’ feedback to direct movement. This research is key to developing prosthetics, implants or other neural devices that could restore a sense of position, touch or feeling in patients where that connection has been severed. Read the story on UW Today.
Dr. Kim and Dr. Levitt first in the Pacific Northwest to use the Apollo System to remove a hemorrhagic stroke
On October 10th, Dr. Louis Kim and Dr. Michael Levitt were the first neurosurgeons in the Pacific Northwest to use the Apollo device to remove a hemorrhagic stroke. The device uses minimally-invasive technology along with state-of-the-art neuronavigation to allow neurosurgeons to precisely remove dangerous blood clots from the brain without damaging the surrounding tissue, all through a 1" incision. This cutting-edge procedure is only available at select centers around the U.S., and UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center is the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest with this capability.
The patient is recovering under the care of Dr. Kyra Becker and our multidisciplinary stroke team through our Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.
King 5 features story on Harborview's robotic laser probe, ROSA, and it's use in epilepsy surgery
KING 5 features a story on a New UW Medicine robotic tool to aid precise brain surgery. Neurological Surgery Professor Jeffrey Ojemann discusses use of "ROSA" a new robotic laser probe that can reach deep brain structures with computer guided precision. When used in epilepsy surgery Dr. Ojemann explains how the probe can help "in treating the seizures without hurting the normal brain". This technology is used at only 23 hospitals worldwide and is only available in the Northwest at UW Medicine/Harborview.
Dr. Ralph Dacey to give talk at Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds on Oct. 5th, 2016
Dr. Ralph Dacey, the Henry G. & Edith R. Schwartz Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine will be giving a talk entitled Neurosurgical Decision Making: Indications and Operative Techniques for Grand Rounds on October 5th. See our full Grand Rounds schedule here..
Dr. Ferreira performs surgery on Oakland Angels pitcher to stop bleeding on the brain
Oakland Angels pitcher Matt Schoemaker was hit by a line drive while playing against the Seattle Mariners. Schoemaker underwent surgery for the hemorrhage performed by Neurological Surgery Associate Professor Manuel Ferreira. Read more at Boston.com.
Data analysis links autism severity to genetics, ultrasound
Professor of Neurological Surgery and senior author on the paper Pierre Mourad notes
‘The implications of our results are to bolster the FDA guidelines’. The link to UW NewsBeat and the Autism Research Paper published September 1st is found here: http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/data-analysis-links-autism-severity-genetics-ultrasound.
Dr. Michael Levitt featured in King5 story on 17-year-old girl treated urgently at Harborview after suffering a stroke
Neurological Surgery Assistant Professor Michael Levitt and the UW Medicine Stroke Center team at Harborview Medical Center is featured in a KING5 News story today about a 17-year-old girl who was treated urgently at Harborview. She has had a remarkable recovery following emergency procedures that saved her from the potentially devastating effects of a stroke. The UW Medicine Stroke Center is dedicated to the highest quality comprehensive care of stroke patients from diagnosis to rehabilitation. It is the region's first Comprehensive Stroke Center, and an important part of the NIH-funded Northwest Stroke Trials Network (NW-STN) for which UW Medicine/Harborview is the Regional Coordinating Center.
Read more at hsnewsbeat.uw.edu or watch the video on King5.com
UW researchers explore controlling Deep Brain Stimulation devices with thoughts
April 2016 Neurological Surgery Asistant Professsor Andrew Ko, MD and Electrical Engineering Professor Howard Chizeck are working with software engineers in the UW Department of Electrical Engineering to make it possible to control implanted stimulators by simply thinking about it, empowering those who use the devices to alleviate their tremors. Read the story on at medtronic.com or watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Health Sciences NewsBeat features a story on Dr. Andrew Ko’s work with Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment for UW Professor Steven Gilbert’s Parkinson’s Disease
March 2016 Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Affiliate Professor Steven Gilbert has lived with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 15 years, but several of his symptoms have been reduced by Deep Brain Stimulation. Gilbert and Neurological Surgery Associate Professor Andrew Ko, MD, who performed the surgery, were interviewed on KEXP's "Mind Over Matters". Read more at Health Sciences NewsBeat.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen featured in KOMO News story on a former patient's love of art
Nina Jubran, a former patient of Neurological Surgery Professor and Chair, Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, is the subject of a Komo News story on how her artwork comforted her before her brain tumor operation, and how she’s selling art at Seattle Children’s Hospital with the profits being donated back to Children’s. Read and watch the story at komonews.com and on seattlechildrens.org.
The Seattle Times on VICIS and building a better football helmet
VICIS, a UW Startup co-founded by Dr. Samuel Browd, was recently featured in The Seattle Times. The goal of this company is to develop an improved football helmet that will reduce the risk of player concussions. Read the article at The Seattle Times
Paul G Allen Foundation supported consortium research tools now available on new website
In November 2013 the Department of Neurological Surgery received a major Paul G Allen Family Foundation award to study the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury with colleagues at Group Health Cooperative, the Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and the University of Washington Departments of Medicine and Pathology/Neuropathology. Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen, Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery is one of the primary investigators for the study. The research project entitled Structural and biological changes in TBI-related neurodegeneration addresses structural and biological effects of TBI that are largely unknown. The Allen award was expected to accelerate TBI research overall and lead, ultimately, to improved patient care and outcomes from injury. That promise has now been realized and substantially expanded with publication of a major set of research tools found on the Aging, Dementia and TBI Study website here: http://aging.brain-map.org/overview/home
The Aging, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury Project is a detailed neuropathologic, molecular and transcriptomic characterization of brains of control and TBI exposure cases from a unique aged population-based cohort from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. The project was developed by a consortium consisting of the University of Washington, Group Health Research Institute and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Project Principal Investigators are Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and C. Dirk Keene, University of Washington; Eric Larson, Group Health Research Institute; and Ed Lein, Allen Institute for Brain Science.
The following data sets are available: Histology and Immunohistochemistry; High-resolution in situ hybridization image data; RNA sequencing data; Protein quantification by Luminex; Isoprostane quantification; and Specimen metadata.
We are pleased to offer improved tools to address these serious public health problems.
Seattle Magazine and Seattle Met name 5 faculty members to peer nominated top doctor lists.
Congratulations to Neurological Surgery faculty members Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD, Laligam N Sekhar, MD and Daniel L Silbergeld for being named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors 2016 in the February, 2016 edition. They are among 413 best physicians in the Puget Sound region, as chosen by their peers. Read the Seattle Magazine story here and UW Medicine coverage here.
Drs. Louis J Kim, Laligam Sekhar and Daniel Silbergeld were listed in the 2015 Seattle Met survey for adult neurological surgery, and Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Jeffrey Ojemann were recognized in the pediatric neurological surgery category. The 2015 Seattle Met Top Doctors survey asked more than 1,500 doctors, nurses and physician assistants in the area to nominate peers based on the question, "If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose?" Of the 11,473 nominations received, the top vote getters were considered semifinalists. Additional information is available on the UW Medicine website
Dr. Ellenbogen featured in a patient story on Health Sciences NewsBeat
This week's UW Health Sciences NewsBeat features a moving story of one patient's path to recovery from Chiari malformation aided by Neurological Surgery Chairman Dr. Richard Ellenbogen. Her story entitled To run again is found at http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/
Dr. Samuel Browd discusses VICIS on KUOW Public Radio
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery Samuel Browd, MD, was interviewed Thursday November 19 on KUOW’s The Record to discuss a new anti-concussion football helmet developed by Vicis, a company he co-founded. The helmet has shown reduction in contact forces likely to cause concussion.
Dr. Michael Levitt interviewed in UW Health Sciences NewsBeat on predicting the best approach to aneurysms
Neurological Surgery Assistant Professor Michael Levitt is interviewed in UW Health Sciences NewsBeat about his research into why some aneurysms clot off after treatment and others do not. Read more about how his team is using models to try to improve treatment for aneurysms at hsnewsbeat.uw.edu and UW Medicine Insight.
The UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute
The UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute at Harborview has just released EXERCISE AS MEDICINE, an overview of its mission and vision to inspire people to pursue an active lifestyle, while providing them with the tools to keep them safe and help them recover from illness and injury, especially traumatic brain injuries, an area of extensive expertise at UW Medicine. The institute’s initial focus will be on protecting the brain health of active individuals and athletes.
Faculty Leaders for the Institute are:
Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACS
UW Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Co-founder, UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute
Co-director, UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program
Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Stanley A. Herring, M.D.
UW Clinical Professor, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and the Department of Neurological Surgery
Director and Co-founder, UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute
Co-director, UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program
Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Professor
Dr. Samuel Browd featured in the Seattle Met
A timeline of Neurological Surgery Associate Professor Samuel Browd's career is featured in the latest edition of the Seattle Met Magazine, focusing on his work to develop a better football helmet through the company he co-founded, VICIS. Inc. Read more at the Seattle Met.
Sports Health and Safety at UW Medicine
UW Medicine features Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Stanley Herring discussing concussion treatment as well as the benefit of safe sports as part of the mission for the new UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute. Watch the video on UW Medicine's Advancement website.
Komo News features Dr. Richard Ellenbogen discussing concussions
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is featured as part of the UW Medicine health and wellness initiative with KOMO entitled Healthworks. The segment is airing on KOMO TV throughout the month and can also be reached through the UW Medicine Youtube channel. Dr. Ellenbogen notes that concussions are extremely common, but even mild concussions should be taken seriously. Read more in the UW Medicine Insight newsletter.
Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Stanley Herring Interviewed on recent severe high school football injuries treated at Harborview
Drs. Ellenbogen and Herring gave medical perspective on recent high school football player injuries at a UW news conference on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Links to media coverage of the press conference are below. Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery, and Dr. Stanley Herring, is Medical Director of Spine, Sports and Orthopaedic Health and UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. Drs. Ellenbogen and Herring also co-direct the UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program at Harborview Medical Center and the new UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute. In addition, Dr. Ellenbogen is co-chair of the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee, of which Dr. Herring is also a member.
Read more at The Seattle Times, KOMO News, and KING News.
In addition to the news conference, Dr. Stanley Herring was interviewed by Jeannie Yandel on KUOW 94.9 FM in an October 6th broadcast entitled Death Of Teen Football Player Highlights Risks For Young Athletes
New UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute
UW Medicine announced today the formation of the new UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute, to advance research, education and advocacy for prevention and treatment of sports related concussions. In addition, the Institute will focus on the benefits of sports and how to make these activities safer. The establishment of this first-of-its-kind Institute is made possible by a foundational donation of $2.5 million by the National Football League.
The Institute will be led by Dr. Richard Ellenbogen Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery, and Dr. Stanley Herring, medical director of Spine, Sports and Orthopedic Health. Drs. Ellenbogen and Herring also co-direct the UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program at Harborview Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Ellenbogen is co-chair of the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee, of which Dr. Herring is also a member.
Full details on the program can be found here on the UW today website here and here.
Dr. Ellenbogen featured in article on the new medical timeout rule in the NFL
Professor and Chairman Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is quoted extensively in an Xfinity Sports article on the NFL's new medical timeout rule. Focus on the new rule comes amidst ongoing discussion of its role in this year's Super Bowl. Dr. Ellenbogen is Co-Chair of the NRL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee. Read the article on espn.go.com.
The Department of Neurological Surgery’s 2015 Robert Goodkin, M.D. Endowed Lectureship
The 2015 Robert Goodkin, M.D. Endowed Lecture will be held in the Harborview Medical Center R&T Auditorium on May 13th, from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Our Guest Lecturer will be James I. Ausman, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ausman is Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Somanetics Corporation in Michigan since 1993 where he was instrumental in the scientific development of its INVOS cerebral oximeter. More information about Dr. Ausman can be found on our flyer, here.
University of Washington Medicine Pituitary Program: A Comprehensive Treatment Plan
The UW Medicine Pituitary Program provides comprehensive treatment to patients with disorders of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
The multidisciplinary team of experts has vast experience managing a broad spectrum of pituitary disorders, from the simple to complex.
In addition to the clinical excellence practiced at UW Medicine, research and education are among the top priorities.
Watch a video outlining the program on
Dr. Richard Morrison presents at the American Society for Neurochemistry annual meeting
Professor Richard Morrison was recently honored through an invitation to give two lectures in two different symposia at the 46th Annual Meeting of the
American Society for Neurochemistry held in Atlanta Georgia - March 14-18, 2015. Both presentations are on the Bax interacting factor-1 protein (Bif-1).
Bif-1 is a multifunctional protein involved in regulation of apoptosis, autophagy and mitochondrial function.
Dr Morrison's group has found that loss of Bif-1 exacerbates Alzheimer’s disease pathology, and that loss of Bif-1 increases neuronal sensitivity to ischemic injury.
These results are of importance to both neurodegenerative disease as well as stroke and traumatic brain injury research. The full abstracts are found here:
Loss of Bax-interacting factor-1 increases neuronal sensitivity to ischemic injury
Loss of Bax-interacting factor-1 exacerbates Alzheimer’s disease pathology
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen featured in Columns Alumni Magazine
The March, 2015 University of Washington Alumni Magazine Columns features a unique collaboration supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation between UW Departments,
Group Health, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science to understand the long term effects of brain injury. In the story entitled “Brain Spotting”,
Principal Investigator Richard G Ellenbogen, MD, Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery states
"There’s really nothing like it being done around
the country to understand the long term consequences of a distant traumatic brain injury." Read the article in Columns.
Dr. Christine Mac Donald publishes major paper in the current issue of Brain entitled "Acute post-traumatic stress symptoms and age predict outcome in military blast concussion"
Dr. Mac Donald, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, and her collaborators found that age and psychological distress may predispose injured servicemen to longer term problems after brain injury. For more information, read the UW Today article.
You’re invited: Approaches to the Anterior Skull Base ISIS Course
The University of Washington Neurological Surgery is partnering with Stryker to present an all-day course on the Approaches to the Anterior Skull Base: Anatomy and Microsurgery on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
The main topics include Frontotemporal Craniotomy and Obito-Zygomatic Osteotomy, Intradural: Sylvian Fissure and Extradural Middle Fossa Dissection, Mastiodectomy, and Transpetrosal Approaches.
This course will be directed by Laligam Sekhar, MD, FACS, FAANS, Vice Chair, Manuel Ferreira, Jr., MD, PhD, and facilitated by Harley Brio Da Silva, MD.
No CME credits will be offered. Class size is limited to 30 people. Open only to Neurological Surgery faculty, residents, fellows and staff.
We hope you’ll be able to take part in this course. Please RSVP to email@example.com by February 23rd to confirm your attendance.
Michael Jensen, MD on how Seattle Children's and Juno Therapeutics are working together on pediatric cancer treatment
Michael Jensen, MD, Director of childhood cancer research at Seattle Children's and Adjunct Professor for the UW Department of Neurological Surgery,
discusses partnership with the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Seattle biotech Juno Therapeutics in the
Puget Sound Business Journal:
"People didn't believe immunotherapy would work, so there was no business incentive for an engineering company like Dow or Boeing to make automated devices to allow us to manufacture our living cells in an automated way. I think those are going to come now."
-- Dr. Michael Jensen, Scientific co-founder of Juno Therapeutics and director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.
Now that immunotherapies are showing high success rates in clinical trials, it's only a matter of time until big companies start to cash in on the new technology. The center's second round of clinical trials for childhood cancer — the first was for leukemia and this second one for solid tumor neuroblastoma — forged ahead on Tuesday when it infused its first patient with a dose of immunotherapy at Seattle Children's hospital. Immunotherapy is a personalized treatment to help boost the immune system to kill cancer.
UW startup VICIS featured on the UW homepage
VICIS, Inc., a company founded by UW faculty including Neurological Surgeon Samuel Browd, is highlighted on the University of Washington homepage for their work to create a better helmet and decrease concussions in sports.
Last November, VICIS and the UW were awarded $500,000 by the Under Armour, GE
and NFL Head Health Challenge II program. The article, featuring Dr. Browd and a short video about the project, can be found on the UW Website.
Dr. Jeff Ojemann featured in UW Medicine's PULSE podcast
UW Medicine's PULSE podcast episode entitled "Revealing the Secrets of the Brain", features Neurological Surgery Professor Jeff Ojemann discussing epilepsy seizures and treatments. Listen to the podcast on UW Medicine's site.
LSDF announces $250,000 award for Dr. Raimondo D'Ambrosio and team
The Life Sciences Discovery Fund today announced seven new awards to Washington organizations to support commercial development of health and health-care products. We are pleased to report that a UW Neurosurgery team lead by Raimondo D'Ambrosio, Associate Professor or Neurological Surgery, received a $250,000 award for its project entitled Prosthesis for the Treatment of Focal Epilepsy. The objective of this research is to conduct the first-in-human testing of a novel brain cooling prosthesis intended to control drug-resistant focal epilepsy by exerting mild cooling of the epileptic foci.
UW wins $500,000 NFL Head Health Challenge II award to reduce concussion
Neurological Surgeon Samuel Browd has teamed with colleagues and co-inventors Per Reinhall and Jonathan Posner in Mechanical Engineering to develop a new football helmet projected to substantially reduce the risk of concussion for athletes. Today the UW and VICIS, Inc., the startup company founded to develop this innovation, were awarded a $500,000 grant from the Under Armour, GE and NFL Head Health Challenge II program: Innovative Approaches for Identifying and Preventing Brain Injury. The UW-VICIS grant was one of seven awards chosen from over 500 proposals originating in 19 countries. Grant funds will be used to develop and test prototypes of the new helmet.
Dr. Samuel Browd said of the award, “UW Neurological Surgery and our partners throughout UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s are at the forefront of concussion research, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and advocacy. We are confident this new helmet will help diminish the risk of concussion among young athletes”.
For more information visit the UW’s Center for Commercialization and the Head Health Challenge II websites:
UW Center for Commercialization
Head Health Challenge II Awardees
Event honoring Dr. George A. Ojemann appears in UW Medicine Online News
An event celebrating Dr. Ojemann’s long career and achievements was held September 26th and featured speakers from UW departments as well as several national and international universities. Read more about the event in UW Medicine Online News.
Dr. Laligam Sekhar featured in UW NewsBeat story on a young patient who recovered from cavernoma surgery
Neurological Surgery Vice Chairman and Professor Laligam Sekhar was interviewed about a cavernous malformation surgery he performed on a young girl who recovered and is currently attending college. Read the patient’s story at UW Health Sciences NewsBeat.
UW Neurological Surgery Residency Program ranked in the top 10 by US News and Doximity report
In a ranking which considered over 50,000 physician peer nominations, the UW Neurological Surgery training program was placed at #8 (and 2nd on the west coast) in a list of slightly over 100 programs. Visit the US News and Doximity Residency Navigator to view the top ten positions.
Learn more about our residency program here.
Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen interviewed about NFL and FIFA Think Tank on Concussions
UW Neurological Surgery Chair Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen is featured in an article on a think tank he attended to evaluate, and better manage sports concussions. Dr. Ellenbogen mentions the importance of multiple sports associations coming together to share ideas, and current practices concerning concussions. Various organizations from football, rugby and equestrian circles were represented at the meeting. Read more on ABC News.
Six UW Medicine Neurological Surgeons named Seattle Met “Top Doctors”
UW Neurological Surgeons Richard Ellenbogen, Louis Kim, Jeffrey Ojemann, Robert Rostomily Laligam Sekhar and Daniel Silbergeld, were named to Seattle Met’s 2014 list of “Top Doctors” in the Seattle metro area. Check out www.seattlemet.com to learn about the selection process. We are proud to have been recognized by the 1,400 Seattle health care professionals who named UW Neurological Surgery faculty when answering the question, “If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose?”
Probing brain’s depth, trying to aid memory – New York Times
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, recently announced a $40 million investment in what has become the fastest-moving branch of neuroscience: direct brain recording. Two centers, one at the University of Pennsylvania and the other at the University of California, Los Angeles, won contracts to develop brain implants for memory deficits. Patients with epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease will be recruited at U Penn and six other major medical centers, including UW Medical Center. Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann, Professor of Neurological Surgery and investigator within the UW’s NSF-supported Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, will lead the surgical implantation team at UWMC and will be involved in behavioral testing. Dr. Ojemann’s research on epilepsy, and Brain Computer Interfaces involves faculty in many departments across campus including Physics, Computer Science, Physiology and Biophysics, and Radiology.
Read more in the New York Times.
The UW Department of Neurological Surgery Celebrates the Career and Achievements of Dr. George A. Ojemann.
As part of the celebration, we will be hosting a day of scientific talks. Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen, Chairman, would like to invite you to attend this day-long commemoration.
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Where: South Lake Union, 850 Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98109 in the Orin Smith Auditorium
7:30 am to 8:00 am – Continental Breakfast Served
8:00 – 3:30 pm – 20 minute talks by guest lecturers
12:00 -1 pm – Light catered lunch
4:00 – 6 pm – Reception
UW Assistant Professor Dr. Christine Mac Donald’s study on Traumatic Brain Injury appears in The Journal of the American Medical Association - Neurology.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects approximately 3.5 million individuals annually in the United States, and approximately 75% are due to “mild” or concussive events. Blast injury has been identified as the signature injury in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. However it remains to be determined whether fundamental differences may exist between blast-related TBI and TBI due to other mechanisms. Published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association – Neurology, Dr. Mac Donald’s study is amongst the first to follow a large group of active-duty service members to determine similarities and differences in clinical outcomes in US military personnel with blast-related and non-blast related concussion TBI. Attached are PDFs of the JAMA-Neurology Article and Supplement.
Dr. George Ojemann receives The UW School of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. George Ojemann, Neurological Surgery Professor Emeritus, was honored with the UW School of Medicine’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions in the fields of neurological surgery and the neurosciences. Dr. Ojemann is renowned for his research focusing on the neurobiology of human cognition, particularly cortical organization for language and memory, investigated in the context of awake neurosurgery under local anesthesia. Watch a short video honoring Dr. Ojemann on Vimeo.
Dr. Andres Lozano to speak at NeuroFutures on June 16th.
Dr. Andres Lozano, Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, is scheduled to give a free public lecture on deep brain stimulation entitled “The Brain on Circuit Training: Finding and Fixing Misfiring Neural Circuitry”. The lecture will be held at 7:00pm in Kane Hall on the UW campus.
Dr. Laligam Sekhar featured in a Komo news story about a woman who was going blind due to a brain tumor.
A Komo news story by Molly Shen features a homeless woman who was going blind as a result of a brain tumor. Dr. Sekhar removed the very large mass and she was treated by Dr. Mudumbai of the UW Medicine Eye Institute. Her eyesight has now been restored. Watch the story on Komo News.
Dr. David Coppel on Psychological Aspects of Sports Concussion
David Coppel has just published an article on the Psychological Aspects of Sports Concussion in the NCAA Sport Science Institute Newsletter that examines student-athlete’s responses to injury and recovery from concussion. He writes: “It is important to recognize the role that psychological and emotional factors play in the response to injury and the course of recovery in Sports Related Concussion. While the initial focus may be on physical based symptoms and reaching a physiologically-based return to play status (e.g., exertion without symptoms, game level stamina), psychological and emotional factors can be crucial in understanding and managing the student-athlete as they recover cognitively and emotionally, and return to pre-injury levels of performance.” Read the article on NCAA.org.
Dr. Michael Okun to speak at Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds on April 9th and SCRI, on April 10th
Dr. Micahel Okun, Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, is scheduled to give two talks, one on April 9th at the Department's Grand Rounds and a second the following day at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute's Jack MacDonald Building at 1900 Ninth Avenue, Seattle 98101. The second talk, entitled "Lessons Learned in Making Tourette and OCD Brains Electric”, will be held in the Maldives Conference Room 606 on Thursday, April 10th, from 3:00-4:00pm. Dr. Okun is
a nationally recognized neurologist with special interest in treating patients with movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, Dystonia, and Tourette’s Syndrome. For more information regarding the talk at SCRI, please contact Nicola Towers.
The Department of Neurological Surgery’s 2014 Robert Goodkin, M.D. Endowed Lectureship
The 2014 Robert Goodkin, M.D. Endowed Lecture will be held on May 14th, from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. in the R&T Auditorium. The Guest Lecturer will be Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., Chief Scientist of the Simons Foundation and Dean Emeritus of Faculty of
Health Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Fischbach will be giving a lecture entitled "The Social Brain & Neuropsychiatric Disorders". More information can be found on our flyer, here.
The Department of Neurological Surgery is pleased to announce three new neurosurgery residents for 2014
Ariana completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Cell and Molecular Biology Johns Hopkins University and will soon graduate from the Perelman School of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she has been involved in neuro-regenerative research. Ariana is originally from Trinidad, and enjoys running, playing basketball, volleyball, and skydiving!
Jake graduated with a BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT. He will graduate from Johns Hopkins University in May. Jake has published several papers on glioblastoma therapy, and was a Doris Duke Research Fellow. He is an avid long-distance runner, and was honored as an MVP member of MIT’s cross-country team.
Sam has been part of the UW Neurological Surgery family for several years - he completed his PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior in 2012 at the University of Washington with extensive work in Dr. Philip Horner’s lab. He will complete his MD at the UW in May. Sam has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and his research has been focused on stem-cell therapies in SCI.
Kathi Goertzen Foundation announces brain tumor research award to Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Manuel Ferreira to support meningioma genetics study
On March 25th the Kathi Goertzen Foundation announced its second ever brain tumor research award would be given to Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Manuel Ferreira to fund meningioma research - see the KGF blog and text below. Kathi Goertzen's compelling life story and the foundation she established to "inspire people with brain tumors that there is hope and to inspire research to find a cure" are found at kathigoertzen.com
From the KGF blog:
"We are excited to have our second grant of $50,000 fund meningioma research driven by Dr. Rich Ellenbogen and Dr. Manuel Ferreira, whose work centers on the genetic reasons why certain tumors have more aggressive tendencies than others. Kathi was active helping all types of cancer patients and her work to raise money for pediatric patients and research inspired Dr. Ellenbogen, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UW and attending neurosurgeon at both Harborview and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Prior to her death, Dr. Ellenbogen promised Kathi that he would work to find a cure for meningiomas, the type of tumor Kathi had. While meningiomas are the most common type of primary brain tumor, accounting for approximately 30% of cases, they often receive less attention and funding because of their “benign” nature. Unfortunately, as Kathi’s tumor demonstrated, the term benign can be misleading. There is great optimism that this research will lead to better treatments for those at higher risk for aggressive tumors and eventually better understanding of what causes them."
Drs. Ellenbogen, Ferreira and the Department of Neurological Surgery are extremely grateful for this award and what it means in the search for a cure for meningiomas.
Dr. Manuel Ferreira featured in UW Medicine story for his work in the Pituitary Program
Neurological Surgery Assistant Professor Manuel Ferreira is mentioned in a patient’s story for his work in the UW Medicine Pituitary Program. The patient, Amy Gadsden, was treated for a pituitary tumor by Dr. Ferreira and his team and has fully recovered. Read the full story at UWMedicine.org.
Neurofutures 2014 conference to be held in Seattle, June 16 - 18
Neurofutures 2014, a conference for neurotechnology leaders in the fields of neuromodulation, brain mapping, neuroimaging, big data analytics, and brain computer interfaces will be held at the Univeristy of Washington this year. Neurological Surgery Professor Dr. Jeff Ojemann is scheduled to speak on Electrocorticography brain-computer interfaces. A public lecture by Dr. Andres Lozano entitled "The Future of Brain Stimulation: Parkinson’s, Depression, Alzheimer’s and beyond" will kick off the conference on the evening of June 16th. Read more at The Neurofutures conference website.
Dr. Anthony Avellino mentioned in the UW Medicine online news for his collaboration with the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Clinic
Dr. Anthony Avellino, Neurological Surgery Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Institute, is mentioned in the latest UW Medicine online news for his role in the newly opened UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. The clinic links the evaluation and care of patients with memory impairment to research programs in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Read more at UW Medicine Online News.
Dr. Lee Dellon to speak at Sports Medicine Grand Rounds on Wednesday, 3/26 at 7:15 AM
Dr. Lee Dellon, a Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, will be giving a UW Sports Medicine Grand Rounds lecture on 3/26. The title of the lecture is “Pain of Neural Origin in Sports Injuries: Diagnosis & Treatment”. Dr. Dellon specializes in chronic pain caused by nerve entrapments. The lecture will be held in the old husky football team room located in the Hec Edmundson Pavillion in the tunnel on the way to the stadium. The path should be well-marked. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
David Coppel interviewed by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Professor of Neurological Surgery David B. Coppel is featured in an interview released by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dr. Coppel is a UW professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research for the Seattle Sports Concussion Program sited at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s. He has been the Consulting Neuropsychologist and Sport Psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks for over 15 years. In this interview, he explains the complexities involved with determining if a player is ready to return to play. Read the interview at appliedsportpsych.org.
Drs. Avellino, Ellenbogen and Sekhar recognized by patients
Join us in recognizing and congratulating Drs. Ellenbogen, Avellino and Sekhar for receiving notes from patients thanking them for the extraordinary care that they provided.
Dr. Jeff Ojemann receives NIH grant for project on Cortical GABA in Pediatric Sports Concussion
Neurological Surgery Professor Jeff Ojemann, MD has received funding for project that will use MR spectroscopy to monitor GABA levels in adolescents who have sports-related concussions. These levels will then be compared levels in uninjured controls. The funding for this research comes mostly from an NFL donation. Read the press release here.
Dr. Michael Jensen joins in launching cancer-research biotech startup
Michael Jensen, MD, Director of childhood cancer research at Seattle Children's and Adjunct Professor for the UW Department of Neurological Surgery partners with Fred Hutch and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in launching a new biotech startup. The startup, named Juno Therapeutics, begins with $120 million from its investors. Read more in the Seattle Times.
Dr. Coppel on bullying in sports
Dr. David Coppel, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research for the Seattle Sports Concussion Program talks "Bullying in Sports" in this American College of Sports Medicine bulletin. Dr. Coppel also featured in a CBS News story on alleged bullying within the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
Dr. Avellino co-authors an editorial for the Anacortes American newspaper
Neurological Surgery Professor Tony Avellino discusses what the health care industry can learn from commercial fishing about communication and teamwork in this short article that appeared in letters to the editor in the Anacortes American.
Read the article on our site.
A Family’s prayers answered for boy who had brain surgery
The Tri-City Herald features a story about a Kennewick family that’s thankful for the remarkable recovery and progress of their young son, Patrick, after a four-hour operation performed by Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann in 2011.
Read the article at tri-cityherald.com.
Allen Foundation award received for TBI research
The Department of Neurological Surgery is pleased to announce receipt of a major Paul G Allen Family Foundation award to study the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury with colleagues at Group Health Cooperative, the Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and the University of Washington Departments of Medicine and Pathology/Neuropathology. Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen, Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery is one of the primary investigators for the study. The research project entitled Structural and biological changes in TBI-related neurodegeneration addresses structural and biological effects of TBI that are largely unknown. The Allen award is expected to accelerate TBI research overall and lead, ultimately, to improved patient care and outcomes from injury.
The full text of the Allen Family Foundation press release is found as a pdf here.
Read the article in The Seattle Times
Dr. Sam Browd to launch neuro-entrepreneur course at the UW School of Business
Starting winter quarter 2014, Dr. Samuel Browd will begin teaching a neuro-entrepreneur course at the UW Foster School of Business, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. This NeuroVentures course will cover bringing neuro-related ideas and innovations to market. The seminar and project-based class features an overview of neurotechnology and the big needs in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, imaging and diagnostics, education, and health care.
Professor Eric Holland Interviewed in UW Medicine Magazine
Nov 2013 Professor of Neurological Surgery Eric Holland discusses joining the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the current issue of UW Medicine Magazine. Read the article at UW Medicine.
Professor Nancy Temkin co-authors major Institute of Medicine report on youth sports concussion.
Nov 2013 UW Medicine Professor of Neurological Surgery Nancy Temkin was a member of the 17 member Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth that examined current findings on sports-related concussions in youth from elementary school age through young adulthood. The group also looked at studies of concussions in military personnel and their dependents. Dr. Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., UW Professor of Pediatrics was Vice Chair of the Committee.
Overall, the study developed several significant findings including the presence of a 'Culture of Resistance' for self-reporting injury, and insufficient evidence to support the claim that helmets reduce concussion risk. Further, they concluded that reported concussions are more frequent among high school athletes than college athletes in some sports -- including football, men's lacrosse and soccer, and baseball; have higher rates during competition than practice (except for cheerleading); and are highest in football, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, and women's basketball. Concussion rates also appear higher for youths with a history of prior concussions and among female athletes. The committee also discovered that research about youth concussions is limited and recommended additional areas of inquiry.
The report was sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the CDC Foundation with support from the National Football League. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council are part of the National Academy of Sciences
Many Neurological Surgery faculty are major contributors to TBI research and care nationally and globally. Professors Temkin, Randy Chesnut and Chairman Richard Ellenbogen have been Principal Investigators on multiple NIH clinical trials of TBI treatment. In addition, Dr. Ellenbogen is Co-Chair of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee and Co-Director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program with Dr. Stanley Herring, UW Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. Neurological Surgery Professor David Coppel is Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research for the Seattle Sports Concussion Program.
The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council news release is found here: nationalacademies.org.
Film Screening: On the Edge: Living with Epilepsy, Nov. 9
Nov 2013 On the Edge: Living with Epilepsy, a documentary showing the daily struggles of people with epilepsy and the professionals dedicated to improving their lives, will be shown at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, Harborview Medical Center Research & Training Building, 300 Ninth Ave., Seattle. Join film director Louis Stanislaaw, the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute, Regional Epilepsy Center, and the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest for this free screening. A panel discussion will follow. The event is open to the general public. Pleaes RSVP to email@example.com. Parking will be available in the P1 Garage (View Park). Read more about the screening in UW Today.
Behind the Scenes: Surgery
Aug 2013 As part of KUOW’s Weekday How-To series, host Steve Scher interviewed Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, UW Chairman of Neurological Surgery and Dr. Eric Froines, then-chief of general surgery at Capitol Hill Specialty Center Group Health, about what the life of a surgeon is like and what it feels like to repair human brains. Hear the interview at KUOW.org
Samuel Browd and Pierre Mourad named as UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows
June 2013 Neurological Surgery Faculty members Samuel Browd and Pierre Mourad were recently appointed as University of Washington Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows. This program was created in recognition of the value UW faculty entrepreneurship brings to the academy, our region, and society.
UW faculty members are appointed as members of this prestigious group based upon success initiating groundbreaking programs for translation, collaborating with industry, or in translating their research into products or therapies.
Dr. Browd is a pediatric neurosurgeon who has collaborated in development and bringing to market new and improved CSN shunts to increase efficacy and reduce risks of infection. This is critical to improved patient care, especially for children. Dr. Mourad’s research focuses on uses of ultrasound to improve diagnosis and patient care. He is a prolific inventor and has brought many successful products to market.
Brain Computer Interfaces in the News
June 2013 A peer-reviewed article written by Jeremiah Wander with Neurological Surgery Professor Jeffrey Ojemann as senior author has been featured by BBC News, The Scientist, and UW Today. The article is entitled “Distributed cortical adaptation during learning of a brain–computer interface task”, and is found in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Follow the links to the corresponding stories:
Richard Ellenbogen and Stanley Herring co-author Zurich Consensus statement on concussion in sport
June 2013 The prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published the “Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012”. Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and Dr. Stanley Herring are among the co-authors of the statement which is designed to develop further conceptual understanding of concussion and inform practice. Developed primarily for use by physicians and healthcare professionals caring for athletes at the recreational, elite or professional level, it represents the current state of the art on management of sports concussion.
Dr. Ellenbogen is Chairman of Neurological Surgery and Co-Chair of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee. Dr. Herring is Clinical Professor in the UW Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Neurological Surgery, and Team Physician for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners. Drs. Herring and Ellenbogen are Co-Directors of the UW-Seattle Children's Seattle Sports Concussion Program at Harborview.
UW Medicine Health features Neurosciences articles on concussion, stroke and traumatic brain injury
May 2013 uwmedicinehealth.com, a website launched by UW Medicine to provide health and wellness information to the public, recently posted articles related to Neuroscience. Drs. Ellenbogen and Chesnut are featured. read more at uwmedicinehealth.com
Resident Awarded Prestigious CNS Fellowship
May 2013 Neurological Surgery Resident Ali C. Ravanpay, MD, PhD, has been
selected by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to receive the
2013-2014 CNS Tumor Fellowship. He will work under the mentorship of
Dr. Michael Jensen, Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery, on a
project entitled "Development of Genetically Engineered Anti-Glioma
Cytolytic T Cells".
Dr. Ravanpay's study will address the persistent unmet need for effective
and targeted therapeutics for malignant gliomas. His work builds on
the Jensen laboratory's experience in developing genetically
engineered T cells for cancer immunotherapy and seeks to address
antigen specific targeting of malignant glioma cells with the long
term goal of benefitting glioma patients.
Brain tumors continue to be associated with high morbidity and
mortality rates among both pediatric and adult populations due to
ineffective and highly debilitating treatment options (surgery, radiation
Primary brain cancers are the second leading cause of
malignancy-related deaths in children and the third leading cause of
cancer-related deaths in young adults.
Congratulations to Dr Ravanpay!
Surgical Neurology International Publishes Supplement Dedicated to Dr. Robert Goodkin
May 2013 Surgical Neurology International has published a Supplement on Brain Metastases dedicated to Dr. Robert Goodkin, Professor of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Daniel Silbergeld, Editor of SNI Neuro-Oncology has written the Introduction to this special Supplement that both details the treatment parameters for metastatic disease in the brain, as well as a fitting dedication to "Dr G" and his many contributions to advancing patient care through exemplary patient care, research and teaching. The introduction to the supplement is available on the SNI website.
Dr. Richard Morrison publishes in the Journal of Neuroscience
April 2013 Maintaining proper mitochondrial length is essential for normal mitochondrial function in neurons. Little is known regarding changes in mitochondrial morphology in p53-dependent neuronal death. Dr. Morrison’s group addresses the relationship between genotoxic stress, p53 activation, and the regulation of mitochondrial morphology in neurons in this high profile Journal of Neuroscience article.
Dr. John A. Jane Sr. to be Guest Lecturer for the Robert Goodkin Endowed Lectureship on May 29th, 2013
April 2013 - On May 29th, Dr. John A. Jane Sr. will be giving a lecture entitled "Reflections on 57 Years of Spine Surgery" during Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds in Harborview's R&T Auditorium. Dr. Jane is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and was Chairman of the Department of Neurosurger at the University of Virginia from 1969 to 2006. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery. Find out more about Dr. Jane in our Goodkin Endowed Lectureship Flyer.
Eric Holland to join Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine as Professor of Neurological Surgery and the Alvord Chair in Neuro-oncology
April 2013 - World renowned neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher Eric C. Holland is scheduled to lead the Alvord Brain Tumor Center and establish a preeminent brain cancer program beginning this summer. His research lab will be based at Fred Hutch, where he will be the senior vice president and director of the Human Biology Division. Read more about Dr. Holland's recruitment at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in UW Medicine Online News.
The Department of Neurological Surgery is pleased to announce three new neurosurgery residents have matched with our program and will start their seven-year training program on July 1, 2013 and will graduate in 2020. We are pleased to welcome Drs. Chibawanye Ene, Lynn McGrath and Josh Abecassis to our program.
Chibawanye Ene completed his undergraduate degree in Biology from Wayne State College, and earned a PhD from Cambridge University in Biochemistry. He is now finishing medical school at Indiana University, and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar. Chiba is originally from Nigeria and received outstanding recommendations from his mentors as well as greatly impressing our faculty during interviews. Chiba will be relocating to Seattle with his family who have all indicated that they are very excited to leave Indiana and join us in Washington.
Lynn McGrath completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Dartmouth, and will graduate from the University of Central Florida Medical School. At Dartmouth, Lynn received Honors for his research into the algorithms the brain utilizes in conducting searches of specific memories using functional MRI. He is interested in pursuing BMI research. He is founder and the CEO of McGrath Defense Consulting, and has a strong interest in translational research involving corporate-university partnerships. Lynn was a nationally competitive rower, both on the NCAA Dartmouth team, and in National Championships. He is also an outdoor enthusiast and looks forward to living in the Pacific Northwest.
Josh Abecassis completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, and he will also receive his MD from Northwestern in the spring. Josh was the recipient of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarship and has a very strong background and interest in academic medicine, specifically in Neuro-oncology. His research investigated the role of tumor suppressors in glioblastoma tumor- stem cells and their involvement with the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS). Josh is a music enthusiast who plays guitar and founded bands during his undergraduate and medical school career.
Drs. Richard Morrison and Leo Pallanck awarded funding for research project on Genetic Analysis of the common pathway of proteins related to Parkinson's disease.
February 2013 - Dr. Richard Morrison, UW Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Dr. Leo Pallanck, UW Associate Professor of Genome Sciences have been awarded an NIH research grant to genetically analyze the components of a pathway that is common to two Parkinson's disease-related proteins, PINK1 and Parkin. The funding for this research comes from The National Institute of General Medical Science, part of NIH. This research could help determine areas that need focussed medical treatment for Parkinson's and diseases with similar causes. Learn more about Dr. Morrison's lab.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen in a New York Times article on GE and the NFL working together to improve protection from and detection of concussions.
February 2013 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD is quoted in a New York Times article on the NFL and GE teaming up to improve the technology used in identifying and preventing head trauma in football. Read the story in The New York Times.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen Featured in National Geographic article on preventing and spotting concussions in the NFL
February 2013 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD discusses the NFL's use of cameras to help catch head injuries during games. He reports that each of the last three NFL seasons has seen over 200 concussions. The article also mentions using technology to build better helmets for NFL players. Read the story in Nat Geo Daily News.
Helping Children With Cerebral Palsy Walk - Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
January 2013 Samuel Browd, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, presented a Continuing Medical Education course on Medical and Surgical Approaches to Tone Management to physicians in the Tri-Cities on January 28th, 2013. A PDF of his presentation about the benefits of rhizotomy to lessen spasticity in children with cerebral palsy is found here.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that affects muscle movement. It is usually caused by damage to one or more areas of the brain. This damage can happen to the developing baby while the mother is pregnant, or during birth. In a small number of children, it can develop after birth. CP affects muscle movement and may be associated with difficulties in learning, hearing, seeing and thinking.
Selective dorsal rhizotomy is a surgery done on the lower spinal cord to reduce spasticity or high muscle tone in the legs. Certain nerve fibers that lead to high muscle tone are cut.
The goal of a selective dorsal rhizotomy is to relax the muscles by identifying and cutting those nerve fibers that are causing the abnormal tone. This can improve the child’s ability to move as well as their quality of movement. See a more detailed overview of treatments available on Seattle Children's website.
Dr. Sekhar et al. Discuss Virtual Reality and Robotics in Neurosurgery
January 2013 A recent issue of the Journal Neurosurgery features commentary by Dr. Laligam Sekhar and his team on using virtual reality for surgical training and the use of robots in surgery. The team of engineers and surgeons at the UW and UC Santa Cruz are developing the Raven, a surgical robotic platform. Read the article in Neurosurgery.
Dr. D'Ambrosio et al. publish study in Annals of Neurology on preventing seizures with mild brain cooling
December 2012 Dr. D'Ambrosio and his research team have published a study on the prevention of epileptic seizures from head injury by cooling the brain. The study reports that a 2 degree celsius cooling started 3 days after the injury and applied for 5 weeks resulted in almost abolishing the development of epileptic seizure activity. Read the published article in the Annals of Neurology. The study has also been featured in UW Medicine Online news and UW Today.
Chesnut Team publishes study findings in New England Journal of Medicine
December 2012 In an article entitled “ICP Monitoring in Traumatic Brain Injury” Randy Chesnut and his collaborators published results of a 5 year randomized trial involving 324 patients with severe traumatic brain injury in Bolivia and Ecuador, demonstrating guideline-based management with intracranial pressure monitoring was not superior to management based on imaging and clinical assessments. Follow the link to the current 12/12/12 e-pub edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The hard copy edition will be published December 27. The paper is also the subject of an editorial from Dr. Allan Ropper. The UW is highlighting the paper on the UW Today website.
This study is one of the largest NIH sponsored clinical trials in Latin America and involved colleagues in 5 different countries. In addition to solid research findings, the project demonstrated the potential for developing Class I study results from randomized control trials conducted in Low and Middle Income Countries. A five year follow on study to design and test a consensus based TBI treatment protocol in the absence of ICP monitoring has just been funded by NIH. This will involve many of the existing sites integral to the study just concluded, in addition to new sites under development.
"Bringing Light" Documentary is a Finalist in Focus Forward Film Competition
November 2012 The Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition was established to encourage professional filmmakers to create a 3-minute film on the theme of innovation and human invention. “Bringing Light”, a story about the development of “Tumor Paint” by Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Jim Olsen has been chosen as a finalist in the short documentary competition. Please follow the link to view the video on Vimeo.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen interviewed in USA Today on Concussions in the NFL
November 2012 Neurological Surgery Chair Richard Ellenbogen, MD was featured in an article in USA Today on his involvement with the NFL in the treatment of concussions for professional football players. In it, he discusses his views on adding neurological experts to the sidelines during games. Follow the link to read the USA Today article.
Dr. David Coppel interviewed in an article on obsessive exercise in The Wall Street Journal
September 2012 UW Professor Dr. David Coppel discusses the problem of overtraining and its causes in a recent online article found in the Health & Wellness section of The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Coppel, a sports psychologist and Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research for the Seattle Sports Concussion Program, has clinical interests in Sports concussion, neuropsychological and neurocognitive evaluations, sport and performance psychological consultations, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. His research involvement includes Neurocognitive functioning in sports-related concussion, attention and concentration aspects of performance, and sport psychology interventions.
Dr. David Coppel quoted in Pacific NW Magazine article on Exercise
June 2012 Neurological Surgery Professor Dr. David Coppel is quoted in a recent Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine article entitled “Exercise will change your life, and here's why“ by Maureen O’Hagan. The article can be found in The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine.
Dr. Fangyi Zhang presents a UWTV series on advanced techniques of spine tumor treatment
April 2012 In a UWTV three part series, Neurological Surgery Assistant Professor Dr. Fangyi Zhang presents an array of spinal tumors and current techniques for treating them. The videos can be found on UWTV.
Dr. Manuel Ferreira on the decision to perform pituitary surgery and what it involves
March 2012 In UW Medicine's online publication Consult, Neurological Surgery Assistant Professor Dr. Manuel Ferreira discusses the factors that go into determining if pituitary tumors need to be removed by surgery, and just what this surgery entails. Jason Rockhill, an associate professor in Neurological Surgery, briefly talks about using gamma knife treatments on pituitary tumors. Read the article in Consult.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and Dr. Stan Herring discuss raising awareness about concussions in youth sports
March 2012 Dr. Richard Ellenbogen was featured in a UW Medicine article about the Seattle Sports Concussion Program's efforts to inform the public about concussions in youth athletics. Read the full article at UW Medicine's quarterly publication, Consult.
Dance coach refuses to let medical condition keep her from her team
February 2012 KOMO News reporter Molly Shen relates an inspirational story about Lake Washington Dance Team Coach Lindsey Beck who was diagnosed with a life threatening cavernous hemangioma but refused to give up on coaching her team to a state championship. Lindsay says of Harborview Medical Center and her Neurological Surgery team: "They believed in me and they never gave up and that's how we got there together". The story was also featured in UWMedicine's salute to Harborview. You can watch the story on Vimeo.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen interviewed in Washingtonian Magazine article on facts about concussions
November 2011 Richard Ellenbogen, MD is featured in a Washingtonian Magazine article where he discusses the latest advances in concussion research and ten facts you need to know to help prevent injury. Read the full article in the Washingtonian.
Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Stan Herring help launch an online course on sports concussions
October 2011 UW School of Medicine faculty members Richard Ellenbogen and Stan Herring have helped launch a new online course on sports concussions for healthcare professionals. The course, “Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens,” is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Football League. More information can be found at UW Medicine Online News.
Dr. Pierre Mourad receives a State of Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund Commercialization award
September 2011 Pierre Mourad, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, has just received a State of Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund Commercialization award for his project entitled Definitive Human Testing of Pain Localization and Quantification Based on Transcutaneous Acoustic Palpitation (TAP). His project is to conduct clinical testing of an ultrasound device that allows providers to identify the sources and extent of deep pain. Full details of the award and a project description can be found on the LSDF Press Release website for September, 2011.
University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery in top 10 recipients of NIH research funding. Richard Morrison, PhD in top 10% of NIH awards nationally
September 2011 The Blue Ridge Medical Institute ranking of NIH Award Data for 2010 lists the UW Department of Neurological Surgery as 6th highest recipient of NIH research funding, and very close to 5th position of the 45 departments included in the survey.
In related news, Dr. Richard Morrison, Professor of Neurological Surgery was ranked in the top 10% of individual NIH award recipients.
The University of Washington School of Medicine is in the top 10 to receive NIH awards among 134 medical schools. Overall, the University received $1.4 billion in sponsored research funds in FY 2010; second in federal research funding for public universities nationwide.
UW Gets Grant to Establish Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
July 2011 - The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish the new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, based at UW. Professor of Neurological Surgery Jeffrey Ojemann is a key member of this team and a listed investigator on the grant. His project area concerns Brain Computer Interfaces for control of prosthetic limbs. Follow the link to read the article on the overall award at Seattlepi.com.
Dr. Samuel Browd Featured in UW C4C Article about His Work on New Shunt Technology
June 2011 - Samuel Browd, Neurological surgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital and Harborview Medical Center is featured in a recent article on the UW Center for Commercialization webpage discussing his development of new shunt technology. The article is entitled "Neurosurgeon and Bioengineer Aim for Paradigm Shift in Treatment of Hydrocephalus". Follow the link to read the C4C article.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen Featured In Providence Journal Article on Joining Forces With the NFL to Treat Concussions
May 2011 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD was featured in an article in the Providence Journal on his involvement with the NFL in the treatment of concussions for professional football players. Follow the link to read the Providence Journal article.
UW Surgeon Develop Cutting-Edge "Scarless" Brain Surgery Techniques
April 2011 - In his desire to reduce the pain, scarring and recovery time associated with traditional open-brain surgery or transnasal surgery, UW Associate Professor Kris Moe, MD has developed a game-changing new surgical procedure. The procedure, called TONES, is performed in only two places in the United States: UW Medicine and University of California at San Diego. Follow the link to learn more about TONES.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen Featured In Seattle Times Article on NFL's Responses to Concussions
April 2011 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD was featured in a Seattle Times article in which he discusses how a decision to let Philadelphia linebacker Stewart Bradley back into the season opener led to significant improvement in the detection and treatment of concussions during the rest of the 2010 season. Dr. Ellengoben serves as one of two co-chairmen for the NFL committee on concussions. Follow the link to read the Seattle Times article.
Dr. Robert Rostomily Awarded Fall 2010 John H. Tietze Stem Cell Scientist Award
March 2011 - Robert Rostomily, MD was awarded the Fall 2010 John H. Tietze Stem Cell Scientist Award for his work investigating the novel role of glioma stem cell "pseudohoxia" as a factor contributing to the increased malignancy and treatment resistance of glial brain cancers with aging. The study hypothesizes that acquisition of a PHS in glioma stem cells contributes to age-dependent glioma malignancy. The Tietze Award is given to the most outstanding research proposals that are presented to the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Ellenbogen Featured in Wall Street Journal Article on Standardized Concussion Tests in the NFL
March 2011 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal on The NFL's standardized concussion tests. Follow the link to read the article.
Dr. Randall Chesnut Appointed to Washington State Emergency Medical Services/ Trauma Care Steering Committee
February 2011 - Dr. Randall Chesnut was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Emergency Medical Services/ Trauma Care Steering Committee. The committee consists of representatives from surgeons and physicians, hospitals, prehospital providers, firefighters, local health departments, consumers and other affected groups. The committee provides guidance and direction to the state office in its development of the trauma system.
Dr. Jeff Ojemann Works with Dr. Eberhard Fetz to Develop Implantable Computers to Restore Brain Function
February 2011 - Dr. Jeff Ojemann is working with Dr. Eberhard Fetz to develop tiny, implantable computers that would restore brain function lost to disease or injury. The research is funded funded by a $1 million, three-year grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. This project is the next step in advancing the technology of miniature devices and neural engineering – the study of communication and control between biological and machine systems. Follow the link to read the UW Today article.
Dr. Bill Shain Part of Research Consortium Awarded $5.8 Million DARPA Grant to Research Implanted Neuroprosthetics
January 2011 - The University of Washington School of Medicine is part of a consortium of scientists that was awarded a $5.8 million three-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) for a study entitled "Multi-spectral 3-D Histology & Predictive Statistical Technologies for Identifying the Critical Combination of Factors Impacting Long-term Performance of Implanted Neuroprosthetics". The consortium (which includes Dr. B. Roysam from the University of Houston as Principal Investigator and Dr. William Shain of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington) will provide definitive data to direct the design and development of devices that will provide life-time performance of implanted microdevices.
Dr. D'Ambrosio Awarded Endowed Professorship in Epilepsy
December 2010 - The School of Medicine announced new holders of several faculty positions, including eleven endowed faculty positions and one term professorship. Dr. Raimondo D’Ambrosio, UW Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery was announced as the first holder of the Roy and Maxine Johnson Endowed Professorship in Epilepsy. Follow the link to view the announcement in UW Medicine Online News.
Samuel Browd, MD Appointed By Governor Gregoir to The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council
November 2010 - Dr. Samuel Browd was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoir to the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council. The Council was created from House Bill 2055 approved by the Washington State Legislature in 2007, and includes 22 members who are Governor appointed to advise on Traumatic Brain Injury issues in Washington State. All TBI Council Meetings are open to the public. Dr. Browd recently testified in Olympia to the House Oversight Subcommittee on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in support of the TBI Council.
Professor Henry Marsh Awarded Order of the British Empire.
November 2010 - Professor Henry Marsh has been awarded the Order of the British Empire. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery who mentors University of Washington Neurological Surgery Residents during their clinical rotations in England. He is a well know for his global health work in the Ukraine and has been featured in the BBC film "The English Surgeon". From 1987 he has been Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, St. George’s Hospital, London as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, and is a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.
Richard Ellenbogen, MD Co-Investigator on $2.7 million Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes (PEGASUS) Project
October 2010 - Richard Ellenbogen, MD is co-investigator on a recently awarded $2.7 million grant from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders to examine how to increase the adoption of the national pediatric guidelines to improve outcomes for children with traumatic brain injury. Monica S. Vavilala, MD, UW Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics is the principal investigator for this five-year Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes (PEGASUS) project. Follow the link to learn more about this study.
Scarless Brain Surgery is New Option for Patients
October 2010 - Surgeons at UW Medicine in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries. This groundbreaking, minimally invasive surgery is performed through the eye socket, thus eliminating the removal of the top of the skull to reach the brain. The findings were published in the September issue of Neurosurgery. Follow the link to learn more about this study.
George Ojemann, MD featured Speaker at ACT Annual InterACTions Forum
October 2010 - ACT's new annual InterACTions forum on October 24, 2010 featured a lecture by George Ojemann, MD entitled: Human Brain Mechanisms for 'Consciousness'. Dr. Ojemann discussed what is commonly called 'consciousness' and how the brain responds to external stimulus and different states of awareness, and overlays it with deeply encoded memory that can influence a conscious experience. The InterACTions forums are designed to probe themes of the mind, being, and culture, featuring leading experts as guest speakers. Follow the link for more information.
UW Neurosurgery Faculty Members Among Seattle magazine's Top Doctors
August 2010 - UW neurological surgeons Richard Ellenbogen, MD; Jeffrey Ojemann, MD; Laligam Sekhar, MD; and Daniel Silbergeld, MD were all recognized in Seattle magazine's 2010 Top Doctors issue. Seattle magazine compiled their 10th annual peer-recommended roster of doctors by mailing surveys earlier this year to more than 10,000 physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would recommend to loved ones, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affiliation.
Dr. David Coppel Featured in New York Times Article
August 2010 - Dr. David Coppel was featured in a New York Times article titled: When Repeat Injuries Can't Dim an Athlete's
Passion. Follow the link to read the New
York Times article.
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen Featured on Dan Rather Reports
August 2010 - Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen was featured on Dan Rather
Reports on Tuesday August 10, 2010. The feature was a follow-up to Dr. Ellenbogen's position with the NFL Head, Neck and
Spine Committee, and focuses on concussions, football, and dementia. The topic is now a major area of concern and the National
Football League has begun taking aggressive action.
Samuel Browd, MD, PhD
Dr. Browd specializes in pediatric neurosurgery, specifically with children who have hydrocephalus, brain & spinal cord tumors, pediatric cervical spine, spina bifida, chiari malformations, and spacticity.
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