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Translational Brain Mapping

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Brain mapping is an innovative, personalized approach to viewing, studying, and identifying issues in the brain. Cutting-edge neuroimaging, engineering, and other techniques are used to create a series of "maps" of your brain, helping your provider spot problem areas, guide surgeries, and see how different areas of your brain communicate with each other.

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UR Medicine's Approach

UR Medicine's Program for Translational Brain Mapping brings together clinicians and scientists at the University of Rochester to apply the latest innovations in personalized brain mapping for both better patient outcomes and scientific advancement. 

This is an interdisciplinary effort, bringing together experts from cognitive science, neurophysiology, neuroanesthesia, and neurosurgery. 

If you have tumors or have been diagnosed with epilepsy, we will use functional and structural MRI, electrical stimulation mapping, and more to learn as much as possible about your life and your brain before surgery, as to minimize damage and give you the best chance for a successful recovery.

Patient Stories

Saxophone Serenades Surgeons

Music is not only a major part of Dan Fabbio’s life, as a music teacher it is his livelihood. So, when doctors discovered a tumor located in the part of his brain responsible for music function, he began a long journey that involved a team of University of Rochester physicians, scientists, and a music professor and culminated with him awake and playing a saxophone as surgeons operated on his brain.

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Brain Mapping Protects Brain During Surgery

Gabe Abdella was diagnosed with a tumor in the area of his brain responsible for language and movement.

What Sets Us Apart?

All patients in UR Medicine's Translational Brain Mapping Program are cared for at the cutting edge of discovery. 

We conduct clinical studies with both neurologically normal individuals and individuals with brain lesions in order to learn all we can about the many complex processes happening in our brains on a daily basis. Our goal is to develop models for the cognitive processes that underlie our ability to speak, think, and interact with the world.

Because our funding model draws on philanthropic support, institutional investment, and federal funding, personalized brain mapping is provided with no cost to patients and without billing to insurance.

This program is made possible by philanthropic contributions, institutional support from the University of Rochester Medical School, and research grants from the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.


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Clinical Trials

The Program for Translational Brain Mapping aims to improve patient outcomes by enhancing our understanding of the human brain. We run multiple studies that serve that goal. Contact Sam Haber for more information.

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