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November 2018

Patient Care

Increasingly effective neurosurgical technology and interventions help improve patients' quality of life
Innovations in technology applications, imaging techniques and minimally invasive surgical approaches, plus a thorough assessment of the impact on patient care, maximize both safety and outcomes for patients at Mayo Clinic.

Deep brain stimulation proves helpful to some patients with epilepsy
In a Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, neurosurgeon Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D., explains how deep brain stimulation is being used to control seizures for some patients with epilepsy.


Readiness study facilitates clinical trials for treatment of cavernous angiomas
Mayo Clinic participates in the multicenter Study of Trial Readiness in Cavernous Angiomas with Symptomatic Hemorrhage, intended to construct workable models for future therapeutic trials for treatment of the rare cerebrovascular abnormalities.

Combined approach to treatment of brain tumors and epilepsy may extend survival
Research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that onco-epilepsy, a combined approach to brain tumor management, may extend survival and improve patients' quality of life.

Senescent cell accumulation indicated in memory loss
In a mouse model of brain disease, senescent cells accumulated in certain brain cells prior to cognitive loss. By preventing the accumulation of these cells, researchers were able to diminish tau protein aggregation, neuronal death and memory loss.

BAN2401 antibody may be capable of removing protein that causes Alzheimer's disease from the brain
Researchers are cautiously optimistic that a new antibody known as BAN2401 will continue to show an ability to delay the progression of amyloid accumulation in the brain, as it has during early-phase clinical trials.

Some yips have a neurological cause
A study of golfer's cramp confirms that some golfers experience greater acceleration of wrist and arm movement, as well as much more variability in wrist acceleration and rotation, during yips.

See all Neurology and Neurosurgery Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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2019 Mayo Clinic Advancements in Surgical & Medical Management of the Spine
Jan. 13-17, 2019, in Kohala Coast, Hawaii
This course covers current and emerging topics driving national change in the quality and delivery of spine care with a focus on the aging spine.

Mayo Clinic Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology 2019
Feb. 8-9, 2019, in Phoenix
Topics include indications and adverse events associated with recently approved multiple sclerosis and autoimmune neurology disease-modifying therapies; clinical, laboratory and neuroimaging characteristics of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders; and strategies for selecting disease-modifying therapies for patients with relapsing or progressive multiple sclerosis.

Practical Neuroradiology: Excellence Through Evidence and Guidelines
Feb. 10-14, 2019, in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Topics include pediatric face, neck and spine imaging; imaging features of salivary gland disease; the normal and diseased craniocervical junction; imaging of inflammatory disease and post-operative change in the temporal bone; and imaging in evaluating and treating patients with cerebrospinal fluid hypotension.

Mayo Clinic Electromyography (EMG), Electroencephalography (EEG), and Neurophysiology in Clinical Practice 2019
Feb. 24-March 2, 2019, in Amelia Island, Fla.
This course reviews basic physiology, pathophysiology, EEG, evoked potentials, EMG and intraoperative monitoring. Topics include clinical correlation of neurophysiological tests used for the evaluation of patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders, peripheral nerve disorders and neuromuscular disorders.


In the Video Center

Unlocking the power of gene expression: Molecular classification of brain tumors
Researchers discuss how the molecular makeup of brain tumors can be used to identify categories of gliomas. That information can help predict both the prognosis and the kind of therapy that will be most effective for each patient.

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

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