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MCW Neurosurgery News

Dr. Frank Pintar selected to be a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers

April 14 - Frank A Pintar, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery, was selected to be a Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at the April SAE Congress meeting. SAE Fellowship is the highest level of membership bestowed by SAE International and is awarded to recognize outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle technology.

Dr. Baisden Cited as One of Nation’s 20 Spine Surgeons Focused on Ethics

Mar 18 - Becker’s Spine Review profiled Dr. Jaime Baisden as one of the nation’s 20 spine surgeons focused on ethics. Becker's Spine Review

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Baisden Profiled in Becker’s Spine Review

Feb 25 - Dr. Jaime Baisden is profiled in Becker’s Spine Review. Becker's Spine Review

Dr. McCrea Discusses Concussion Research Grant from GE Health and National Football League

Feb 6 - In interviews with Wisconsin Public Radio and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Michael McCrea, PhD, discusses the $300,000 grant he received from GE Health and the National Football League to conduct concussion research. Wisconsin Public Radio & THonline.com

GE and National Football League Award Head Health Challenge Grant to Dr. McCrea

Jan 28 - Michael McCrea, PhD, and MCW were one of 16 entities worldwide to receive a $300,000 Head Health Challenge grant from General Electric and the National Football League. Milwaukee Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, CBS 58 News, GE Reports, & 3 other sources

Concussion expert awarded GE & NFL Head Health Challenge Grant

Jan. 27 - Michael McCrea, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a collaborative team, will use their unique expertise and advanced imaging technologies to study concussion in a new Head Health Challenge funded by General Electric and the National Football League .

Crash Lab Profiled on Discovery Channel Canada

Vehicle Crash Lab Featured on “Daily Planet” on Discovery Channel Canada. Discovery Channel Canada

Dr. Mike McCrea Awarded GE and NFL Head Health Concussion Grant

Jan 23 - Michael McCrea, PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Head Health Challenge grant to study concussion using advanced imaging techniques and technology. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Butson Receives CTSI Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support System

Jan 21 - Christopher Butson, PhD, received a $25,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to develop a clinical decision support system to manage patients receiving deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Pahapill Discusses Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery to Treat Parkinson’s

Jan 21 - Dr. Peter Pahapill provides information on deep brain stimulation surgery to treat Parkinson’s disease in a report on NBC-TV/Channel 4. WTMJ-TV

Canadian TV Channel Reports on Crash Lab Research into Back Injuries

Jan 21 - Discovery Channel Canada came to Milwaukee to prepare an in-depth report on MCW’s Vehicle Crash Laboratory at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Discovery Channel Canada

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Jan 16 - Today’s TMJ4 profiled a Fond du Lac man who underwent deep brain stimulation to reduce the tremors caused by his Parkinson’s Disease. WTMJ-TV

Technology to Test for Concussions Still Lacking

Jan 3 - Michael McCrea, PhD, was involved in an assessment of commercially available computerized neurocognitive tests to evaluate concussion. Psych Central

Dr. Kurpad Reports on Promising Alternative Imaging Technique for Spinal Cord Injury

Dec 27 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad and colleagues at MCW and Marquette University report in Neurosurgery that an alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging shows promise in forecasting, evaluating and monitoring patients with spinal cord injury and disease. Health Canal

Study that Finds Concussion Tests’ Marketing Lacks Reliability and Validity

Dec 27 - Michael McCrea, PhD, is co-author of a study in Neuropsychology Review that found inconsistent reliability and validity of tests on commercially available computerized neurocognitive tests on concussions. Health Canal

Carthage College Football Players Participate in Sports-Concussion Research Study

Dec 27 - A Kenosha News article focuses on the participation of Carthage College’s football team in a sports-related concussion study being conducted by Michael McCrea, PhD. Kenosha News

Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

Dec. 26 - Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

New Annual Report available for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Trauma Center

New Annual Report available for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Trauma Center

Concussion Discussion

Dec 17 - A concussion study involving the use of accelerometers to measure the direction, speed, force and length of hits in Carthage College football players was the subject of a story. Kenosha News

Dr. McCrea Discusses Research on Football-Related Concussions

Dec 11 - Michael McCrea, PhD, discusses his research on football-related concussions in an interview with Green Bay’s NBC-TV/Channel 26. NBC26.com

Drs. McCrea and Walter invited to speak on concussion management

Nov. 12 - Michael McCrea, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery, and Kevin Walter, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, were invited speakers at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference and exhibition in October. They gave a presentation titled, Cutting Edge Management of Concussion.

Dr. Rao Summarizes Key Findings at American Spine Society’s Annual Meeting

Oct 29 - Dr. Raj Rao summarized the most interesting findings reported at the American Spine Society’s annual meeting in an article in Orthopedics Today. Orthopedics Today

Dr. Wang Reports on Continued Narcotics Use One-Year Post Spine Surgery

Oct 14 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a study by Dr. Marjorie Wang presented at the North American Spine Society that found that one year after undergoing spine surgery to relieve pain, about one-third of all patients still were use narcotic painkillers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Pintar installed as President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

Oct. 10 - Frank A. Pintar, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center Neuroscience Research Laboratories, was installed as the President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) at the annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada on Sept. 23. This is a two-year appointment that was voted on by the membership of the society.

Stroke Team Credited for Saving Fond du Lac Teen’s Life

Oct 8 - Dr. Osama Zaidat and the Froedtert & the Medical College Neurosciences Center team to save a Fond du Lac teenager who suffered a massive stroke. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Drs. Baisden and Wang Named “Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know”

Sept 30 - Drs. Jaime Baisden and Marjorie Wang were named by Becker’s Spine Review as two of the nation’s 29 “Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know.” Becker's Spine Review

Alums Named Among Nation’s Top Spinal Device Inventors

Sept 17 - The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that MCW alumni Drs. Edward Benzel and Eric Woodard have been named by Becker’s Spine Review as among the nation’s top spinal device inventors. Milwaukee Business Journal

Five Business/Community Leaders Named to Neuroscience Center Advisory Board

Sept 9 - Five business and community leaders have been named to MCW’s Neuroscience Center Advisory Board. WauwatosaNOW

Neurosurgeon leads with innovation

Dr. Philip Stieg has led the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College for 13 years, and he hasn’t wasted a moment of it. His pursuit of innovation in the operating room, in the laboratory, in the academic halls and in developing nations contributed to his selection as the 2013 Medical School Alumnus of the Year.

Are we prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents?

Is the United States prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents? John Moulder, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Radiation Biology and Director for the Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiological Terrorism, discusses our nation’s preparation and treatment plans in the case of either a nuclear accident (as recently seen in Japan) or radiological terrorism.

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious?

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious? Beth Drolet, M.D., Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Medical director, Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatology, Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses a type of birthmark called a hemangioma, which can be an indicator of underlying health problems in some babies.

Dr. McCrea Explains How the Brain Reacts to Traumatic Injury

May 27 - Michael McCrea, PhD, explains how the brain reacts to traumatic injury in a BizTimes article on concussions. BizTimes

Dr. Muftuler edits book on using MRI to quantify morphology and physiology of the human body

Jun 27 - L. Tugan Muftuler, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, edited Quantifying Morphology and Physiology of the Human Body Using MRI, which was published in May by Taylor & Francis.

Dr. Pintar Awarded International Transportation Safety Honor

May 6 - Frank Pintar, PhD, (Neurosurgery) received the Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Milwaukee Business Journal

NFL and GE Partner to Combat Concussion

May 28 - Michael McCrea, professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at MCW, discusses a new collaboration between the NFL and GE which is aimed at increasing the accuracy and speed of concussion diagnosis, and ultimately leading to increased sports safety. BizTimes

Stem cell trial aimed at treating spinal cord injuries

Shekar Kurpad, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, discusses the use of embryonic stem cells in a pilot study to discover whether the stem cells promote healing in the spinal cord in this MCW Podcast.

The cancer-preventing abilities of green tea

Natural chemopreventive agents studied by the director of the Cancer Center: Ming You, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and the Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, discusses the cancer-preventing abilities of green tea.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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