Brains that suffer injuries can adjust in remarkable ways and create connections between injured areas that are better and stronger. However, those new connections may be less efficient and, in the end, more costly to maintain. These "hyperconnections" could increase the likelihood of problems, such as Alzheimer's Disease, developing later in life. Studying hyperconnections underscores the importance of brain protection and could one day lead to treatments for brain impairments.
The team at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has upgraded to the newest technology in cranial radiosurgery, enhancing its abilities to target brain tumors and functional disorders.
Although neurofibromatosis (NF) is not commonly discussed, it affects more than 2 million people worldwide. According to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, NF is more common than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined.
An MRI contrast agent that can pass through the blood-brain barrier will allow doctors to detect deadly brain tumors called gliomas earlier, say Penn State College of Medicine researchers. This ability opens the door to make this fatal cancer treatable.
Parkinson’s disease isn’t the kind of affliction that will kill most people. Instead, it creeps up slowly and progressively destroys the quality of life of those who develop it.
Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh was named president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons at its annual meeting June 8.
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has been ranked in six specialties – its most ever – in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
Images from Dr. Fick's operating room at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Precision is crucial for James Fick, an esteemed neurosurgeon from the nationally ranked Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute. Fick frequently operates within millimeters of the delicate nerves in his patient’s brains and spinal cords and employs a unique combination of specialized technology to safeguard his patients during surgery.
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has been ranked in five specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Children’s Hospital ranked in cancer, urology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, and cardiology and heart surgery -- two more specialties than last year.
Patrick Drew, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics and neurosurgery, was named one of six winners of the 2012 McKnight Scholar Award.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center this week unveiled new equipment that enhances its abilities to use radiosurgery to target brain tumors and functional disorders. The Medical Center has begun using Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion technology, which replaces its previous Gamma Knife system.
The new system allows the surgical team to streamline the set-up for such procedures, perform radiosurgery more quickly and efficiently and treat multiple tumors during a single session. Fewer than 70 health care providers in the United States use Gamma Knife Perfexion technology, and Penn State Hershey is the first in central Pennsylvania to do so.
Steven Schiff, director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, will present "The Brain: The Final Frontier. Neural Engineering at Penn State" as this weekend's Huddle with the Faculty event. Sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, Huddle with the Faculty is presented every home football Saturday morning at the Nittany Lion Inn. The free event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast and Schiff's presentation at 9 a.m.
Testimony by Steven Schiff, director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering and Brush Chair Professor of Engineering, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, is now available for online viewing.
Steven J. Schiff, professor of neurosurgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, will give the first talk of the 2011 Research Unplugged season at noon on Wednesday, March 16, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre in State College. His talk is titled "Untangling an African Medical Mystery: Engineering Solutions to Infant Brain Infections."