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A Step Forward In Effort to Regenerate Damaged Nerves
February 21, 2012 – The carnage evident in disasters like car wrecks or wartime battles is oftentimes mirrored within the bodies of the people involved. A severe wound can leave blood vessels and nerves severed, bonesbroken, and cellular wreckage strewn throughout the body – a debris field within the body itself. It’s scenes like this that neurosurgeon Jason Huang, M.D., confronts every day. Severe damage to nerves is one of the most challenging wounds to treat for Huang and colleagues. It’s a type of wound suffered by people who are the victims of gunshots or stabbings, by those who have been involved in car accidents – or by soldiers injured on the battlefield, like those whom Huang treated in Iraq. Now, back in his university laboratory, Huang and his team have taken a step forward toward the goal of repairing nerves in such patients more effectively. Read more...
Anti-Depressants Boost Brain Cells after Injury
April 18, 2011 – Anti-depressantsmay help spur the creation and survival of new brain cells after brain injury, according to a study by neurosurgeons at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jason Huang, M.D., and colleagues undertook the study after noticing that patients with brain injuries who had been prescribed anti-depressants were doing better in unexpected ways than their counterparts who were not taking such medications. Not only did their depression ease; their memory also seemed improved compared to patients not on the medication. “We saw these patients improving in multiple ways – their depression was improved, but so were their memory and cognitive functioning. We wanted to look at the issue more, so we went back to the laboratory to investigate it further,” said Huang, associate professor of Neurosurgery and chief of Neurosurgery at Highland Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Read more...
Out of Iraq Emerges Hope for Those with Head Injuries
September 24, 2008 – There may be more hope than has been recognized for some people with severe brain injuries, according to a U.S. neurosurgeon who earlier this year spent four months in Iraq treating soldiers and civilians. Jason Huang, M.D., this week presented his results from his experience in Iraq at the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Orlando, Fla. Huang discussed blast injuries, a type of wound that has affected thousands of U.S. soldiers and others in Iraq. The term includes injuries caused by roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”), as well as car bombs, suicide bombs, and other blasts. Read more...
Back from Iraq
June 2, 2008, Germaine Reinhardt – Long plane rides over vast oceans leading to life-changing experiences seem to be a repeating theme in Jason Huang’s life. The 37-year-old assistant professor of neurosurgery recently arrived back from a three-month tour of duty in Iraq, where he was stationed at the Balad Medical Center serving as one of only two neurosurgeons in all of Iraq. Located about 60 miles north of Baghdad, Balad is the military’s main treatment center for all U.S. and coalition forces currently fighting in Iraq, as well as for severely wounded Iraqi citizens. Huang, a U.S. Army Major, says the events of September 11, 2001, were a catalyst for his military service. He joined the Army reserves, as Huang describes, to pay back his debt to the country that has helped him so much. His recent deployment at Balad Medical Center was his first active duty assignment. Before leaving, Huang says he tried to mentally prepare for the traumatic injuries he would need to treat, but the reality was still shocking. “The extent of the head injuries, indeed all the blast injuries, were far worse than I ever would have imagined,” Huang says. Read more...
4/19/11, NBC News – Antidepressants Could Help Heal Brain Injuries
9/1/10, Association of the US Army – I am an Immigrant and Scholar
5/31/08, Democrat and Chronicle – SMH Neurosurgeon Saves Lives in Iraq
6/13/07, URMC Newsroom – URMC Neurosurgeon Honored for Research Efforts
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Algattas H; Huang JH. "Traumatic Brain Injury pathophysiology and treatments: early, intermediate, and late phases post-injury." International journal of molecular sciences. 2014; 15(1):309-41. Epub 2013 Dec 30.
Liu X; Tian W; Kolar B; Hu R; Huang Y; Huang J; Ekholm S. "Advanced MR diffusion tensor imaging and perfusion weighted imaging of intramedullary tumors and tumor like lesions in the cervicomedullary junction region and the cervical spinal cord." Journal of neuro-oncology.. 2014; 116(3):559-66. Epub 2013 Dec 30.