The Program for Translational Brain Mapping is a multidisciplinary spanning neurosurgery, neurology, and cognitive neuroscience. The central mission of our research is to understand what is happening in the brain of each patient that we study and treat, and to be able to use that understanding to improve the care and outcome for patients who will be treated in the future.
All of our research studies are longitudinal, which means that patients will be evaluated at multiple times. This could, for instance, mean evaluations both before and after a neurosurgical intervention, or multiple evaluations over the first year after a stroke. The purposes of following patients over time is so that we can understand recovery from neurological disease, with the goal of developing better models for predicting patient outcome.