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January 2018

Patient Care

New neurovascular techniques expand treatment options for patients with intracranial aneurysms
Mayo neurovascular specialists manage complex intracranial aneurysms successfully — with low morbidity and low mortality — through the use of treatment modalities such as extracranial to intracranial bypass, coiling, stenting and microvascular procedures.

Awake craniotomy offers better outcomes for patients with tumors in eloquent motor and sensory tissue
Mayo neurosurgeons have successfully expanded their use of awake craniotomy from the removal of tumors in the cortical speech area of the brain to areas of eloquent motor and sensory tissue.


Biomarkers lead to targeted therapies for patients with migraine
Mayo researchers are using brain MRI to develop objective biomarkers for the classification of migraine. Their goal is to identify objective differences among people with migraine and other headache types that predict treatment responses, resulting in more-targeted therapies.

Yes-associated proteins overexpressed in some hard-to-treat brain cancers
Mayo research indicates that some cancers co-opt pro-growth yes-associated proteins — proteins that are activated for growing the body's organs and become inactive after organs reach appropriate size — and use them to thrive.

Clusterin gene increases the risk of stroke in some patients with Alzheimer's disease
Mayo research confirms that the clusterin (CLU) gene dictates whether amyloid accumulates in the functional tissue versus the blood vessels of the brain. In many patients with Alzheimer's disease, amyloid accumulates in the brain's blood vessels.

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Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Updates Symposium 2018
March 8-10, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Review the latest surgical techniques in the management of neurosurgical problems, appraise recent data from clinical trials in management of brain tumors, and discuss complex spinal surgery current techniques, controversies, indications and risks. Topics include pediatric disorders and functional neurosurgery, epilepsy and pain.

Mayo Clinic Cerebrovascular Update & Controversies: Neurology & Neurosurgery 2018
March 23-24, 2018, in Las Vegas
This course covers management of acute ischemic stroke, brain hemorrhage, and symptomatic and asymptomatic vascular lesions including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, cerebral aneurysms and carotid stenosis — plus the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to stroke.

Microsurgical & Endoscopic Approaches to Aneurysms and Skull Base Diseases — June
June 13-16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla.
This course reviews surgical approaches and operative techniques pertaining to surgical treatment of skull base lesions such as skull base tumors, cerebral aneurysms and other disorders. It combines microscopic and endoscopic techniques and a simulated microanastomosis training session.

Neurology in Clinical Practice 2018
July 19-21, 2018, in Chicago
This comprehensive course provides a review of neurology with an emphasis on case-based presentations, recent advances and evidence-based approaches. It features an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Self-Assessment Activity awarding MOC credits.


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Slip Interface Imaging
John Huston III, M.D., and Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D., discuss slip interface imaging based on MR elastography of the brain and its applications, including how the information helps providers counsel patients on the risks of surgery.

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