Winter 2018
Happy New Year
I’m pleased to kick off the new year with the launch of our Department’s first e-newsletter!
Highlighting our latest news and accomplishments in research and clinical care, I hope this quarterly update will keep you - our patients, colleagues, students, and supporters - more closely connected to the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery.

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Stanford Neurosurgeon Awarded Two Grants for Brain Tumor Research
Stanford Neurosurgeon, Dr. Melanie Hayden-Gephart, recently received two grants for her brain tumor research efforts. She is one of several recipients of MetAvivor's 2017 Metastatic Cancer Research Award , and most recently received a grant from Meningioma Mommas , for research to improve scanning modalities for meningioma patients.
Stanford Neurosurgeon's Research Suggests Brain Implant Could Be Key to Beating Addiction
Stanford Neurosurgeon, Dr. Casey Halpern, along with a team of Stanford scientists, hopes that a brief electrical pulse to the brain in a specific brain region that predicts impulsive actions just before they occur, could prevent those impulsive behaviors from happening.
Stanford Pediatric Neurosurgeon Researching Use of Focused Ultrasound to Shrink Tumors
After a team at Stanford successfully used high-intensity focused ultrasound to shrink a desmoid tumor on a 3-year-old's forearm, pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, is collaborating with the team to see if the technique can be applied to treating neurological conditions in children.
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Featured Publication: Isolating Glioblastoma Cells
Using single-cell RNA sequencing, researchers in Dr. Melanie Hayden-Gephart's lab have isolated glioblastoma cells migrating within otherwise normal-appearing brain, and determined the genetic mechanisms used for migration.
Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality
Our new Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center, along with our Neurosurgical Anatomy Lab and 3-D printing capabilities, give us unique advantages - from clinic consultation to preoperative planning to intraoperative navigation.
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Dr. Gary Steinberg Receives 2017 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award
The Smithsonian Institution's 2017 American Ingenuity Award for Life Sciences was awarded to Stanford Department of Neurosurgery's Chairman, Dr. Gary Steinberg, for his work on stem cell therapy for stroke.
Facial Pain Conference
March 24, 2018
Arrilaga Alumni Center, Stanford
Bringing together patients, caregivers, and experts in the field of chronic facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia. 
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