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The purpose of this Fund is to support a professorship in the Department of Neurological Surgery that will be used for teaching residents and fellows, advancing research and excellent patient care, or as defined by the professorship holder and in line with the legacy of Dr. Robert J. Dempsey whom dedicated his career to excelling in education and training, research and patient care.
Gifts to this fund support research, teaching, public service roles, and program activities that advance and expand the overall mission of the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Neurological Surgery Research and Education Fund – Cerebrovascular, Stroke, Aneurysm, and Skull Base
Gifts support research into the causes, prevention and rehabilitation from both hemorrhagic (ruptured vessels in the brain) and thrombotic (occluded vessels in the carotid artery and brain) strokes. Research is being done on the prevention of recurrent stroke, atherosclerotic disease, carotid vessels and hemorrhagic strokes intervention. Neurosurgeons and scientists are currently studying cerebral ischemia edema and traumatic brain injury, carotid artery atherosclerosis formation, acute management of subarachnoid hemorrhage and the molecular biology of embolic carotid diseases and its relationship to delayed cognitive impairment.
Gifts support research developing novel cancer therapies and the newest treatments for primary and secondary brain tumors. Researchers are studying tumor stem cells in hopes of stimulating an anti-tumor response and searching for tumor specific genes and drugs which will inhibit tumor growth.
Gifts support research in specific areas of pediatric neurosurgery and further the education of patient, faculty and healthcare providers. Research is aimed at improving the care of children with congenital brain and spinal cord anomalies and treating brain tumors, hydrocephalus, craniocervical congential disorders and the growth and regeneration of nerves in the developing brain.
Gifts support research in the biomechanics of the spine as well as the potential for cellular repair of paralysis after spinal cord injury. Research is being conducted on the development of novel treatments for spinal cord injury and methods to promote functional recovery, alleviating neuropathic pain, assessing the mechanisms of plasticity of respiratory control following spinal cord injury, assessing the role of minocycline in the treatment of spinal cord injury and furthering understanding of the role of individual gene products in affecting functional recovery.
Gifts support research and education related to the treatment of conditions where central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) function is abnormal although the structure or anatomy is normal. Examples of conditions treated by functional neurosurgery are movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease and tremor) and epilepsy. The Functional Neurosurgery division provides the platform for continued research in the potential surgical treatments of depression, obsessive compulsive behavior and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke.
Each year the Department accepts two residents to partake in a seven year residency program. Residents are asked to meet the demands of everyday surgical demands, didactics, symposiums, and participate in a research year. Residents will dedicate a year to bench research with a Principle Investigator, ultimately enhancing their knowledge of translating medicine from the bench to the bedside. The purpose of this fund is to support resident education and research within the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Gifts support an international program designed to foster better education and training for young neurosurgeons, neurosurgery residents, fellows who want to pursue neurosurgery across the world. Participants from visiting countries will engage in research projects spanning a wide spectrum of clinical and anatomical studies. Additionally, UW neurosurgery residents will benefit from working and interacting with international neurosurgeons, as they understand new techniques, approaches to their field and modifications made in a research rich or research poor environment. The educational benefits are mutual both for trainees and for the trainers and supports the educational part of the mission.
The Department of Neurological Surgery established this fund to encourage and foster new ideas to improve the field of neurological surgery and enhance resident development by providing a stipend, to be known as the John Sandin III, MD Creativity and Research Award, to Department residents wishing to develop grant-writing skills and direct their own research projects that support the Department’s missions. The award will go to research projects that support the education, research, and clinical goals of the department. Recipients will be chosen through an application process and the award will be given at least once every two years, but not necessarily every year.
Make a gift by mail:
Click here for the gift form. To make a gift by mail, please print the gift form, complete and mail it with your check made payable to the:
University of Wisconsin Foundation / Department of Neurological Surgery
U.S. Bank Lockbox
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807
For more information about making a financial contribution, a planned gift, or establishing a named fund for the Department of Neurological Surgery, please contact:
Director of Development Department of Neurological Surgery