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May 2018

Patient Care

Innovations enhance the precision of complex skull base surgeries
Mayo specialists employ image guidance and intraoperative CT, 3-D endoscopy, simulations that integrate endoscopic surgery and proton beam therapy, and 3-D models and holography for pre-surgical planning to treat pituitary tumors, meningiomas and clival tumors.

Study explores intrathecal injections for patients with spinal cord injury
Mayo Clinic is enrolling patients in a clinical trial of adipose stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury caused by trauma. Participants will receive intrathecal injections of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. No surgery or implantable medical device is required.

Researchers test regenerative therapy to help to repair damage from hemorrhagic stroke
Mayo Clinic is conducting a clinical trial of stem cell treatment for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Investigators hope that results will lead to therapies that provide neuronal protection or recovery for people with ICH.


Doctors evaluating patients with encephalitis should search for autoimmune causes
A Rochester Epidemiology Project-based study found about 14 per 100,000 people had autoimmune encephalitis in their lifetime, compared with 12 per 100,000 who had infectious encephalitis. Cause confirmation can help ensure appropriate treatment and prevent long-lasting damage.

Researchers use zebrafish to study high-risk neuroblastoma
Studies suggest that radiation used to treat brain tumors accelerates aging-like changes in the brain. Mayo researchers are working to minimize the amount of brain exposed to radiation and develop strategies to help rejuvenate the radiated brain.

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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.

Microvascular Surgical Skills Training — September 24-28, 2018
Sept. 24-28, 2018, in Rochester, Minn.
Topics include end-to-end arterial and venous anastomoses, end-to-side anastomoses, and their proper application. Explore advances including coupling devices and neurotubes for nerve coaptation. Increase competency in the microvascular surgery training center to decrease mistakes that lead to flap or tissue necrosis.

Mayo Clinic Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit 2018
Oct. 18-20, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Lectures feature brain tumor biology and growth, vascular neogenesis, nanotechnology for tumor suppression, viral vectors for tumor destruction, and other new agents to target and destroy brain tumors. Topics include basic tumors of the brain and metastatic brain tumor therapies.


In the Video Center

Endovascular Therapy for Acute Stroke: A Multidisciplinary Team Discussion
Several recent studies have addressed the benefits of endovascular therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke. The therapy is effective in improving functional outcomes in those patients.

Visit the Medical Professional Video Center to view specialty and Grand Rounds presentations

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