Research & Education Research Scientists at URMC are helping patients through research that is transforming neurosurgery. Our program is one of the nation’s leaders in this realm. Clinical Trials Clinical trials can provide patients with the opportunity to receive the most cutting edge care available. In many cases, a clinical trial is the only way to receive a new treatment or procedure before it is approved for public use. The Department of Neurosurgery at URMC is the area’s leader in neurosurgery clinical trials. Through this work, we are able provide our patients with the widest range of treatment options. Clinical trials also give patients an opportunity to help others, by helping to advance our knowledge of the best treatments for neurological disease. Of course, it is always the patient’s option to participate in a clinical trial. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery at URMC is involved in clinical trials in the following areas: The Neuromedicine Pain Management Program is actively involved in research and clinical trials to improve treatments for people with neuropathic pain. Our research helps to ensure that your patients will have the most up-to-date therapies available to them. Translational Pain Research Neurooncology Education The Department of Neurosurgery at URMC offers one of the nation’s leading neurosurgery residency programs. Webster H. Pilcher, MD, PhD; Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery has stated that "Neuromedicine disorders represent the major health and economic challenge of the 21st century. The leadership provided by the next generation of neurosurgeons will be essential to progress in this field. For more information on our residency program, please visit the Neurosurgery Residency Program web site.