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From breakthroughs in neurosurgery research, to patients and procedures that are in the news, to information on upcoming events, you can find the latest information here.

Please check back regularly for updated news and events about UR Medicine Neurosurgery.

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Wilmot announces new Pilot Award recipients

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wilmot’s competitive seed-grant program aims to fund research projects that will generate preliminary data necessary to potentially apply for federal funding in the future. Thanks to financial support from two community organizations – Adding Candles for a Cure and the Edelman Gardner Cancer Research Foundation – four projects have received funding that started Jan. 1.

Mark Noble, Ph.D., Professor in the departments of Biomedical Genetics and Neuroscience, received a $50,000 grant for his project titled, “A biomarker for a novel glioblastoma (GBM) vulnerability.” The co-investigators for this project are Kevin Walter, M.D., Mahlon Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., Nimish Mohile, M.D., and Peggy Auinger, M.S.

Bradford Mahon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, received a $50,000 grant for his project seeking to demonstrate feasibility and preliminary efficacy of advanced MRI mapping in improving outcome in patients with glioblastoma. Kevin Walter, M.D., is the co-investigator for this project.

Congratulations to all Wilmot pilot grant recipients.

Regional Providers Gather in Rochester to Discuss Advances in Stroke Care

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

By Mark Michaud

Providers from across upstate New York are gathering tomorrow for UR Medicine’s 7h annual Stroke Treatment Alliance of Rochester – New York (STAR-NY) Stroke Management Symposium. The meeting – which attracts more than 400 participants annually – will highlight pre-hospital care, new medical and surgical advances, a regional approach to stroke care, and recovery and prevention.

Participants in the conference, held at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, attracts over 400 clinicians annually, include primary care physicians, internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, family physicians, radiologists, cardiologists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and EMS personnel who care for patients with cerebrovascular disorders.

Topics that will be discussed include the challenges of stroke care in community and rural hospital settings, protocols to identify and transfer acute stroke patients, developing a regional approach to stroke care, advances in medical and surgical treatment technology, medical management of at-risk patients, and rehabilitation, with a focus on the adoption of new mobile technologies that can help physicians and EMS personnel diagnose start treatment for stroke patients before they reach the hospital.

The sessions will be led by neurology, and neurosurgery, and cardiothoracic surgery faculty from UR Medicine and Cayuga Medical Center, with a guest speaker from Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center who will describe efforts to improve pre-hospital stroke care through the use of advanced technologies.

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John Markman Elected to American Pain Society Board

Friday, March 16, 2018


John Markman, M.D.

John Markman, M.D., professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology, was elected to the board of the American Pain Society in March of 2018.

The American Pain Society is the nation’s leading organization of scientists, physicians, and allied professionals focused on increasing knowledge of pain and transforming clinical practice and policy to reduce pain-related suffering. Markman founded and directs the University’s Neuromedicine Pain Management Center and Translational Pain Research Program. Together these programs were previously recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society.

Congratulations Dr. Markman!