These years are spent at the UW Hospital rotating in 3 month blocks between subspecialities of spine, functional, pediatrics and adult tumor/vascular. Although all residents participate in teaching medical students, the PGY 4 & 5 clinical residents are also the designated medical student teachers.
PGY-4 & 5 Research Resident
6 months out of each year for a total of 1 year
Research is an integral part of this neurosurgery residency and is fully funded in terms of scientific costs and resident salaries. Our program fosters a desire to investigate by providing a broad spectrum of clinical and basic research models from which to choose, dedicated rotation research time, research conferences, and research mentoring. The resident can choose from among projects offered by our own faculty (see below) or from among 125 other University faculty members (affiliated with other departments) who work in the field of neuroscience at UW. The communication of research findings through publications and their presentation at national meetings is strongly encouraged and funded by the department. It has a long history of important neurosurgical research contributions. In 1955, for example, our department first introduced hyperosmotic agents into clinical neurosurgery in the treatment of intracranial hypertension.
Our current areas of research by faculty members and scientists:
Robert J. Dempsey, MD
1) Neurogenesis, brain repair, and neuroplasticity following stroke
and brain injury.
2) Understanding how atherosclerosis and other factors contribute
to “silent stroke” and the development of vascular cognitive
Joshua E. Medow, MD, MS
Neurosurgical Device Development
1) Wireless, radiopowered, intracranial pressure and compliance
monitor (Hartwell Foundation).
2) Extracranially directed, sterotactic, microwave tissue ablation for intracerebral targets
3) Posture independant, non-overdraining shunt valve
Bermans Iskandar, MD
The folate and DNA methylation epigenetics of CNS regeneration: Uncovering the epigenetic pathways underlying CNS regeneration through the folate pathway. Batterman Foundation MOD
Daniel Resnick, MD
Novel strategies to treat neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury.
Nathaniel Brooks, MD
1) Clinical Outcomes Research; design, validation and
implimentation of outcome measures in Neurosurgery
including the use of mobiledevices for outcome measure
2) Surgical simulation: design of computer based devices
and software to provide surgical simulation for training
and surgical planning
3) Surgical navigation: adaption of intraoperative imaging
devices for surgical navigation
Raghu Vemuganti, PhD
Role of non-coding RNA (piRNA and transposons and microRNAs) in stroke and brain injury. NIH-R21 Award
NIH – R03
VA Merit Award
David Niemann, MD
1) Bench research using an established rat angiographic
model (developed at UW-Madison) to study stroke
2) Clinical research testing and improving endovascular devices
for aneurysm obliteration and reopening of vascular occlusion.
3) Development of simulation techniques to improve education
in neuroendovascular procedures.
Amgad Hanna, MD
Spinal cord regeneration in the rat T10 transection model. Restorative interventions include sciatic nerve grafts coupled with sustained delivery of chrondroitinase ABC and neurotrophin 3 to the transection site.
Mustafa Baskaya, MD
Clinical research in microneurosurgery and skull base anatomy:
From this lab over 20 papers have been published in the last 5 years. This same lab is used to train our residents in
neurosurgery. It is equipped with two surgical microscope
work stations. Our residents prepare their own color-enhanced, latex perfused, dissection material shown below.
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This same lab is used to train our residents in neurosurgical cranial and spinal anatomy. It is equipped with two surgical microscope work stations. Our residents prepare their own color-enhanced, latex perfused, dissection material shown above.
Uma Wesley, PhD
Regulation of Stromal Derived Factor-1 Mediated Angiogenesis in Ischemic Brain AHA
Wisconsin Women’s Foundation