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April 2005
Volume 2, Issue 1
MGH Neurosurgical Society Alumni News






Messages from Dr. Karl Swann:
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Dr. Robert Martuza on
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Mark your calendars for the the April 18th Alumni Reception at the AANS
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Neurovascular Update MGH Neurosurgical Society Alumni HomePage
The MGH Aneurysm/AVM Neurovascular Center continues to thrive.

The cornerstone of the neurovascular group remains the weekly two hour Friday morning conference where patient histories and films are discussed in detail and treatment plans are formulated.

The meeting is also used at times to define educational and research objectives. In 2004 over 400 open neurovascular procedures were performed for intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and cavernous malformations. Patients with Moya-Moya and spinal cord vascular lesions were also treated.

The service continues to perform

carotid endarterectomy on a regular basis and is actively involved with national and local protocols regarding the use of intravascular

angioplasty and stenting for carotid and vertebral disease.

Resident research wins awards, grants

Resident research is being undertaken in such areas as nervous system repair, viral gene therapy, molecular genetics, behavioral neurophysicology, movement disorders, learning and memory formation and autonomic control of food intake.

The results have been two NREF fellowships in both 2004 and 2005, a Daman Runyan Cancer Research Foundation fellowship, a Science Research Fellowship awarded by the American Brain

Tumor Association to name just a few of the honors achieved by the current MGH residents.

"The quality of research currently being undertaken by our residents is outstanding, " said Chief of Neurosurgery Robert L. Martuza.

In the last two years, two residents have received NREF fellowships -- Dr. Ramin Amirnovin in 2004 and Dr. Daniel Cahill, a third year resident in MGH Neurosurgery in 2005.

Dr. Cahill's proposed research focuses on the analysis of gene expression profiles of malignant gliomas, with an aim to identify the pathways involved in these brain tumors. Previous studies in his group have characterized the gene expression profiles of approximately 12000 genes in 90 tumors, resulting in a molecular system for identification of tumor type and prediction of clinical outcome.
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