Clinical trial focused on restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury

Chad Pritts with his wife Melissa, son Chase, and daughter Brooklyn.

After being thrown from an ATV, Chad Pritts cushioned his son’s fall, preventing major injuries for his five-year-old. Pritts, however, wasn’t so fortunate. The father of two was left paralyzed from the chest down, unable to do things he used to take for granted: bathing, eating, dressing, and helping, even playing, with his children.   He […]

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

New Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

With more than 100 scientists and clinicians dedicated to benign and malignant tumors, the Brain Tumor Center is focused on developing the most innovative and effective therapies to treat brain tumors. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach has already led to several ground-breaking clinical trials, offered at Siteman Cancer Center, including immunotherapy, genomics-based precision medicine, and laser […]

Grants awarded to advance treatment for brain tumors, nervous system, and to improve spine surgery outcomes

Photos of residents and faculty who have recently received research grants

Announcing new grants to faculty and residents of the Department of Neurosurgery between March 1, 2021 and May 21, 2021. Faculty Peter Brunner, PhD – McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience Small Grant Neural Mechanisms Underlying Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023 Total 2 year award $80,000 (directs + indirects) Gabe Haller, PhD, and […]

Senior Resident Patel awarded prestigious fellowship

Bhuvic Patel, MD, performs a tumor dissociation in the lab of Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD.

Neurosurgery Senior Resident Bhuvic Patel, MD, has been awarded the prestigious William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, given each year to one senior neurosurgery resident in North America to study overseas.  At Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Patel’s basic science research focus is on the molecular and genetic analysis of brain tumors. His clinical research […]

Neurosurgery and neurotechnology grants to improve patients’ lives

Announcing new grants of greater than $100,000, awarded to faculty and residents of the Department of Neurosurgery, between Nov. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021: Eric Leuthardt, MD – National Security Innovation Network Washington University in St. Louis National Security Academic Accelerator 10/28/20 – 9/30/21 Total 1-year award $500,000 (directs + indirects) The purpose of […]

Q&A with new faculty member and neurotech expert Séañez

Ismael Seáñez, PhD, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering & Neurosurgery, playing tennis in Wengen, Switzerland.

Ismael Séañez, PhD, joined the department this month. He is assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering and Neurosurgery. Q. Your work seems to exist at a very potent intersection of fields. How did you end up here, and was this always the plan? A. I have been fascinated by neurotechnologies since I was young, but I […]

Surgery shows potential for treating post-traumatic stress disorder

Jon T. Willie MD PhD after a laser ablation surgery to treat PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, have flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, even when they are not in danger.  About one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their […]