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Current Studies

We use state-of-the-art technology to provide each patient’s clinical team with high quality personalized brain map of the location of critical functions and structures. We specialize in mapping language, memory, attention, music ability, quantitative reasoning, and perceptual and motor processes. There is no cost to patients to participate in these  studies, and no studies are billed to insurance. (see how we are funded). Patients who participate in our research are compensated for their time and we can provide transportation and accommodations, as necessary.

  • Brain Tumor Study

The goal of this study is to improve patient outcome after brain tumor surgery by providing surgeons with detailed personalized maps of brain function. We study patients with all types of brain tumors. Patients are referred for MRI-based brain mapping prior to their surgery, and the information gathered from those studies can be used by the clinical team to make the best possible decisions about how to move forward with the procedure.

Most patients who are referred to the brain mapping program prior to a brain tumor surgery will complete 2 1-hour MRIs, and 3 hours of cognitive/behavioral testing. Patients will be invited back for follow up exams after their surgery. 

  • Pituitary Tumor Study

Pituitary tumors can affect patients' quality of life by affecting their vision and hormonal function. We use MRI and detailed neuro-ophthalmologic exam to understand how pituitary tumors affect brain function and structure. The goal of these studies is to understand the basic biology of how these tumors affect the brain, and to develop new analytic tools to predict patient's visual outcome.  Most patients who are referred to the brain mapping program in parallel to treatment for a pituitary tumor will compete 1 hour of MRI, 2 hours of cognitive/behavioral testing, and a detailed neuro-ophthalmologic exam. Patients will be invited back for follow up exams after their surgery.

  • Vision Recovery after Stroke

It is common for stroke patients to experience changes in their vision. We want to understand how the brain recovers from stroke and what we can do to improve outcomes. We use MRI, detailed behavioral/cognitive testing, and neuro-ophthalmologic exam to study recovery in stroke patients. Some patient may be invited to participate in an on going clinical trial testing whether a commonly prescribed anti-depressant medication improves outcome after stroke. This clinical trial is led by Dr. Bogachan Sahin.