Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NeuroBlast e-Newsletter

An Interdisciplinary Newsletter from the Neurosurgery Service

In this issue: Epilepsy Surgical Options | Epilepsy Research | MGH Epilepsy Service

Welcome to NeuroBlast, the newsletter of advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital. In each issue, you will find timely and clinically relevant stories about major trends in translational neuroscience and clinical care. At our websites www.massgeneral.org/neurosurgery and www.massgeneral.org/neurology, you will find full stories, links to original literature and further reading, resources for physicians and patients, and more In future issues, we will examine the latest in Alzheimer's disease, pediatric epilepsy, neurocritical care, and the full range of other topics in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience. And while you are at the NeuroBlast website, please take a moment to leave us a comment or question. We welcome your feedback.

Increasing Surgical Options for Epilepsy PatientsWill New Research Redefine Epilepsy?

Doctor and Patient"The challenge is precisely delineating the seizure focus to achieve seizure freedom while preserving neurological function," says Emad Eskandar, MD, Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, MGH Department of Neurosurgery. Read more here.

Brain"Seizures aren't what textbooks would suggest – events with highly coordinated activity among neurons. At the level of individual neurons, different dynamics and behaviors occur during seizures; this offers a new way of understanding the mechanisms of seizures and how we might control them," says Sydney S. Cash, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator of the MGH Cortical Physiology Laboratory. Read more here.

The MGH Epilepsy Service-Where Complexity Meets Innovation

Dr. Cole"Many specialists are involved in every case and bring greater insights and knowledge than any single practitioner can offer," says Andrew Cole, MD., Epilepsy Service Director, MGH Department of Neurology. Read more here.

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