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July 2017

Patient Care

Moyamoya disease is both rare and underdiagnosed
Moyamoya disease can cause recurring transient ischemic attacks, strokes, seizures and cognitive deterioration, especially in young people. Mayo neurosurgeons are pioneering new approaches to treatment, to improve cerebral perfusion with the goal of eliminating or reducing complications of the disease.

Posterior fossa biopsy aids tissue diagnosis safety
A study of posterior fossa biopsies performed at Mayo Clinic from 1996 to 2009 indicates that, in carefully selected patients with inflammatory brain diseases, the posterior fossa is appropriate to cerebellar and brainstem parenchymal biopsy.

Brain MRE plus slip interface imaging improve tumor extraction
Mayo specialists use brain magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and slip interface imaging to plan the proper time and safest method for tumor extraction, before surgery. The combination identifies tumor firmness and adhesion to surrounding tissue.


Nanoparticle reduces breast cancer tumors, boosts resistance to recurrence
The multivalent bi-specific nanobioconjugate engager, a newly designed cancer-fighting nanoparticle, produced potent anti-tumor immune responses to HER2-positive breast cancers in mice studies.

Electrical stimulation, physical therapy helps patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movement
Researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

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Microvascular Surgery Skills Training 2017
Aug. 21-25, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
Establish skills necessary for successful end-to-end arterial and venous anastomoses, end-to-side anastomoses, and their proper application.

Mayo Clinic Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit 2017
Sept. 7-9, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
Lectures cover brain tumor biology and growth, vascular neogenesis, nanotechnology for tumor suppression, viral vectors for tumor destruction, and other agents to target and destroy brain tumors. Discussions include basic brain and breast tumors and metastatic brain tumor therapies.

Mayo Clinic Convergence Neuroscience 2017
Oct. 24-25, 2017, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
This conference brings groups within the biomedical, life sciences, physical science and engineering fields together to solve unmet health needs through the discovery of education gaps inherent to each discipline and creative collaboration for problem-solving.

Neuroradiology: Practice to Innovation 2017
Nov. 12-16, 2017, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Topics include MRI safety guidelines, pediatric spine and brain tumors, intrasellar and parasellar disorders beyond pituitary adenoma, updates in ocular imaging, craniovertebral junction basics, cerebrospinal fluid hypotension, malformations of cortical development, autoimmune encephalopathies, acute stroke intervention, and semicircular canal dehiscence.


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