Top Stories of 2019

In the last year, we've shared dozens of stories, covering research publications, clinical care, and more. Here, we've highlighted the most popular UCSF Neurosurgery stories of 2019.


9. Neuroscience Day

Organized by the Neurosurgery Department, Neuroscience Day is an outreach event for staff and their families, which included various neuroscience and neurosurgery workshops, and culminated in a visit to the operating room for hands-on demonstrations!

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8. Keira's Hydrocephalus Journey

Pediatric neurosurgeon Lauren Ostling, MD, celebrates with hydrocephalus patient Keira, who is 3 years old and thriving after two brain surgeries. 

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7. UCSF Ranks Among Top US Hospitals for 2019

UCSF Medical Center is recognized among the top 3 Neurosurgery & Neurology hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

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6. Synthetic Speech Generated from Brain Recordings

A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UCSF neuroscientists and neurosurgeon Edward Chang, MD can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by decoding brain activity.

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5. Case Study: Giant Pituitary Adenoma

Using an endoscopic endonasal approach to remove the tumor, UCSF neurosurgeon Manish Aghi, MD, PhD, together with otolaryngologist Ivan El-Sayed, MD, treat a patient with a 4.8-cm giant pituitary adenoma.

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4. New Hybrid OR for Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

The new hybrid operating room (OR) setup at UCSF allows for intraoperative angiography and performance of both open and endovascular techniques. 

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3. International Day of Women & Girls in Science

We proudly celebrate all the amazing women neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, nurses, scientists and staff – at UCSF and beyond – who are driving innovation in our understanding and treatment of neurological disorders.

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2. Gene Therapy Shows Initial Promise for Parkinson’s Disease

UCSF researchers report promising findings from the first gene therapy trial for Parkinson’s disease in which intra-operative MRI-guided monitoring was used to guide infusion of treatment into the brain. 

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1. Neurosurgeon Shawn Hervey-Jumper Receives NIH Award

UCSF neurosurgeon Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD, receives a prestigious NIH (K08) award to fund his research on interactions between gliomas and functional cognitive networks. 

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