About the Vedantam Laboratory
Finite Element Modeling of the Cervical Spinal Cord in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy
Image: Finite element models of cervical spine
Implementing a Novel Virtual Reality Training Program for Hand Dexterity in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy
Advanced Multi-parametric Imaging of the Spinal Cord in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy
MCW has pioneered work in advanced spinal cord MR imaging. The Vedantam Lab, in collaboration with other investigators, is using multi-parametric MR imaging of the cervical spinal cord to improve the assessment of pre- and post-surgical spinal cord integrity in DCM. By combining advanced MRI with quantitative functional assessments, we are defining a set of MRI imaging biomarkers for DCM. We are working on the creation of a clinically useful set of MR sequences that can enhance diagnosis and prognosis for DCM.
Image: Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of cervical spinal cord
- Diffusion tensor imaging in a large longitudinal series of patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy correlated with long-term functional outcome
- Diffusion tensor imaging correlates with short-term myelopathy outcome in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy
- Diffusion tensor imaging of the spinal cord: insights from animal and human studies
- Characterization and limitations of diffusion tensor imaging metrics in the cervical spinal cord in neurologically intact subjects
Funding for the Vedantam Lab is provided by:
Dr. Aditya Vedantam, assistant professor of neurosurgery and Principal Investigator of the Vedantam Laboratory, attended medical school at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India, and then spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he studied advanced MRI techniques to evaluate spinal cord disease. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, followed by a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery at the University of Miami in Florida. Dr. Vedantam then returned to Milwaukee to continue to pursue his research interests, which include the use of novel MRI techniques and tools to improve care for patients with spinal disorders. He has performed extensive research in the field of spine MRI and has won national and institutional awards for his work. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. His goal is to use his research efforts in the laboratory to enhance the lives of patients in the clinic.
The Vedantam Laboratory works closely with collaborators from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University and the University of North Carolina specializing in neurosurgery, neurology, neurophysiology, imaging, biostatistics, biomechanics and biomedical engineering.
Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics
Matthew D. Budde, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Derek Kamper, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Physiology
Professor & Chair of Biomechanics, Department of Neurosurgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
Current Lab Members
Current members of the Vedantam Laboratory include Principal Investigator Dr. Aditya Vedantam, as well as graduate students and professional research staff specializing in neurosurgery, neurotrauma, biomedical engineering and degenerative cervical myelopathy.
Assistant Professor; Adjunct Faculty in Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, and Orthopedics
Clinical Research Coordinator, Brain Injury Research Program
Clinical Research Coordinator I
Clinical Research Assistant II
Get Involved with the Vedantam Lab
Researchers seeking graduate-level educational opportunities at the intersection of Neurosurgery and Neural Bioengineering are invited to explore opportunities in the Marquette-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, as well as the Neuroscience Doctoral Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Undergraduate and high school students interested in gaining research experience in neuroscience and biomedical engineering labs are invited to explore undergraduate research opportunities supported by the Zablocki VA Medical Center Laboratories.
The Vedantam Laboratory is always on the lookout for individuals with an interest in spinal cord dysfunction, degenerative cervical myelopathy and the restoration of neurological function.
For general questions regarding open opportunities, contact Dr. Aditya Vedantam.