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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin moya moya disease The Doctors Neurosurgeon Explains Rare Brain Disease to "The Doctors"
Dr. Neil Martin, chief of neurosurgery for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, appeared Oct. 13 on CBS "The Doctors."  He described moya moya disease, a rare disorder in which the blood vessels supplying the brain grow so narrow that they can lead to stroke and sometimes death.  He also commented on the case of a young woman with Parry-Romberg Syndrome, in which half of her face continued to grow and fill out, while the other half appeared to be melting.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin Visionary Ball Entertainment Trade Notes Upcoming Visionary Ball
Look to the Stars Sept. 24 announced that the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery will hold its annual "Visionary Ball" on Oct. 30th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with talk show host Arsenio Hall as emcee and Wilson Phillips to headline the entertainment. Dr. Neil Martin, professor and chairman of UCLA's Department of Neurosurgery, was cited.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda NFL brain injuries aggressive behavior Could Brain Injuries Be Behind the NFL Rap Sheet?
Dr. David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted in a Sept. 17 NBCNews.com article that examined a possible link between repeated blows to the head and aggressive tendencies.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza, Dr. Neil Martin, Steve Tish BrainSPORT Program NY Giants' Steve Tisch Reveals His $10M Plan to Further Concussion Research
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA's Dr. Neil Martin, chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor in Neurosurgery; and Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and a professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at Mattel Children's Hospital; were featured in the article, NY Giants' Steve Tisch Reveals His $10M Plan to Further Concussion Research, about Tisch's mission to help young athletes by donating $10 million to UCLA to deepen understanding of sports concussions.  Martin and Giza also appeared in Hollywood's Top Doctors, a photo essay showcasing entertainment luminaries' favorite physicians.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy The Boy with Half a Brain
The August issue of Indianapolis Monthly magazine featured the story of an Indianapolis family whose son, diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, underwent a hemispherectomy surgery at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to help stop epileptic seizures.   His surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nader Pouratian deep brain stimulation for MS tremor Deep Brain Stimulation Helpful in Some Patients With MS Tremor
Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders and Pain Program, commented Aug. 26 in an MS Discovery story about the use of deep brain stimulation to control tremors in patients with multiple sclerosis. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza football law regarding full contact in practice Bill limiting California football practices points to broader debate about safety
Dr. Christopher Giza, a professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, commented in an Aug. 19 Fresno Bee story about a newly passed California law that limits the amount of full contact in high school football practice.
 Neurosurgery article of Linda Ho healthcare trade social media Healthcare Trade Focuses on Social Media Success
The Aug. 15 edition of Healthcare Exchange gave the spotlight to the live-tweet of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery 500th deep brain stimulation procedure involving a musician who had tremors.  Linda Ho, director of digital marketing, and Ashely Dinielli, program promotional manager, UCLA Health System, were quoted in the article on how they used this unique patient story to capture the public's interest through social media.
 Neurosurgery article of World Boxing Council president UCLA Honors Former World Boxing President
A tribute luncheon organized by UCLA Health System and the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery to honor the legacy of former World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman was covered Aug. 15 by Phil Boxing; Aug. 14 by the blog My Boxing Fans and ESPN Deportes; Aug. 13 by Televisa Deportes, Hijos de la Radio and Mivoz Radio; and Aug. 12 by ESPN, San Diego's Vida Latina, Mexico's El Universal, the international Spanish news wire EFE Agencia, and syndicated by Fox News Latino, Televisa Deportes, Radio Formula, LA Informacion and more.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza California Law to limit Full contact California Law to Limit Full Contact During School Football Practice
Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed July 22 by KGO 810AM (San Francisco) and KFWB 980AM about the brain-saving benefits of a new California law that will limit full contact during school football practice.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Memory research Memory Research Garners Headlines
Science magazine July 17; Today's Medical Developments July 18; and MedCity News July 22 covered a four-year project aiming to help brain-injured people restore lost memory functions. Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute, is the lead investigator for the UCLA site of the multicenter initiative.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Brain-injured people restore memory Memory Research Draws More Headlines
Business Insider, Government Technology, Fierce Heath IT, Med Device Online, Headlines and Global News, Defense Systems, Mother Nature Network, redOrbit, The Register (U.K.), KMBZ 98.1FM, KNVU 102.1FM , KOZL-TV (Mo.), Technology.org, San Francisco Business Times and Washington Times July 10;  Scientific American, The Independent (U.K.), Medical News Today, Delhi Daily News (India) and Uncover California July 11; Imperial Valley News, Marine Corps Times, Bruins Nation, Army Times, Air Force Times, Military Times, Navy Times and Science Recorder July 13; MedGadget and domain-b July 14; The Daily Beast  and USA Today July 15; Smithsonian.com and RTT News July 16, and Science magazine and GCN July 17 reported on a four-year project aiming to help brain-injured people restore lost memory functions. Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute, is the lead investigator for the UCLA arm of the multicenter effort.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza High School football TBI High School Football Players Urged to Practice Like Pros
The Santa Monica Mirror July 15, Bruins Nation July 13 and the Los Angeles Wave Newspapers July 10 covered a July 8 campus event co-sponsored by the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program.  Led by Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the BrainSPORT Program and a professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, a panel of sports experts voiced support for Assemblyman Ken Cooley's bill proposing that youth football players adopt the National Football League's guidelines limiting full contact during practice.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried brain-injured patients restore memory Project to Restore Memory Garners Widespread Coverage
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC News, MedicalXpress, Spectrum, San Francisco Chronicle, News-Medical.net, Examiner.com, Electronic Component News, Agence France-Press, Economic Times, San Jose Mercury News, Nature World News, San Francisco Business Times, Space Daily, Health Data Management, Contra Costa Times, Stars and Stripes, Sacramento Bee, Medical Design Technology, The Street, New Age, Capital FM , Health Canal, Science Magazine, Los Angeles Register, KQED-TV and Live Science July 9 and KABC-Channel 7, Bio-Medicine, Tech Times, Sci-Tech Today, Washington Times, Science World Report  and The Wire July 10 reported on a four-year project aiming to help brain-injured people restore lost memory functions. Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute, is the lead investigator for the UCLA arm of the multicenter effort. The Agence France-Press article also appeared in the Business Standard, Times Live, Economic Times, Space Daily and Global Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer story also appeared in the Dallas Morning News and Philadelphia Daily News, and the Live Science story also ran on Yahoo! News and Fox News.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Concussions in young athletes Tackling Concussions in Young Athletes
KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KNX 1070AM (segment 1, segment 2), KFWB 980AM, KGO 810AM (San Francisco), Los Angeles Daily News, Westside TodayWestwood-Century City Patch, Public News Service and Medical Xpress reported July 8 and Examiner reported July 4 on a Practice Like Pros event to educate coaches, parents, trainers and others on football techniques that would be legal under AB 2127.  Authored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, the bill aims to prevent concussions in high school football players by reducing high-impact contact during field practice.  Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed.
 View full story Football Stars Will Screen Techniques For High School Players That Satisfy Proposed Law To Reduce Youth Concussions
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and Patrick Larimore, a former UCLA football team captain whose college career was derailed by repeated head injuries, will screen videos demonstrating football techniques that would satisfy California legislation aimed at preventing concussions during high school football practice.
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 Neurosurgery article of Steve Tisch $10 million donation sports concussion Tisch Donates $10 Million to UCLA BrainSPORT Program
The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) June 16, Healio June 13 and San Diego Jewish World June 9 reported on Steve Tisch's $10 million donation to UCLA's Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine to expand the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to research, prevent and treat sports concussions, especially in young athletes.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Steve Tisch $10 million donation sports concussion $10M Gift for Sports Concussions Grabs More Headlines
New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch's $10 million gift to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery to expand its newly renamed UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA was widely covered in the past week by news media nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, a column in the New York Times, Los Angeles Daily News, NY1 TV, the CBS Radio Network, Medscape, Extra, KTTV-Channel 11, the Huffington PostChronicle of Philanthropy, KFWB 980AM, KNX 1070AM, KFI 640AM, op-eds in New Jersey's The Record and the Frederick News Post, the American Academy of Family Physician's AAFP, Westside Today, Science World Report, MedPage Today, MSNBC, Concussion Policy & the Law, and many others.  Dr. Christopher Giza, founding director of BrainSPORT and a professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology; Dr. Neil Martin, the W. Eugene Stern Chair of Neurosurgery; and Dr. Meeryo Choe, pediatric neurologist, were interviewed about the importance of treating and researching sports concussions. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Reza Jahan Stroke in Young People KLOS Explores Stroke in Young People
Dr. Reza Jahan was interviewed May 25 by KLOS 95.5FM about how stroke can affect people of all ages.  Jahan is an associate professor of radiology and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Stroke Center.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Steve Tisch $10 million donation sports concussion Obama says sports concussions need more attention
Award-winning film producer, to UCLA to establish the world's most sophisticated research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment program for concussions and brain injuries, with an emphasis on young athletes. Dr. Christopher Giza, a pediatric neurologist and the founding director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, was quoted. The Associated Press story appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Politico, National Public Radio, Fox News and dozens of other media outlets nationwide. Dr. Neil Martin, chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor in Neurosurgery, UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Meeryo Choe, clinical instructor, division of pediatric neurology, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and UCLABrain Injury Research Center, were interviewed by several news outlets.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern medical marijuana epilepsy Room for Debate: Can Cannabis Curb Seizures?
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, commented May 22 in a Healthline.com article about the effectiveness and safety of using medical marijuana to treat pediatric epilepsy.
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 Dr. Lu and link to article New Hope for Paralyzed Patients
Dr. Daniel Lu, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Spine Center, was profiled in the April 30 edition of Becker's Spine. The article covered his research exploring news approaches to help patients regain the use of their hands following cervical spinal-cord injury.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa LA Marathon cardiac arrest survivor LA Marathon Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunites with Medical Team
KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KWHY-Channel 22, KMEX-Channel 34, La Opinion, Examiner.com, Venice Patch, Westside Today, and LAFD blogspot, among others, April 21 covered the reunion between a 28-year-old L.A. Marathon runner who collapsed in cardiac arrest at mile 20 and the UCLA medical team, Los Angeles Fire Department and USC medical staff who cared for him.  Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the neurointensive care unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; Mike Westgate, emergency department nurse; Lauren Yamamoto, intensive care unit nurse, and Dr. Kateri Roessler-Henderson, emergency medicine resident, all with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, greeted Jode Lebedo at the news conference.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern new definition of epilepsy UCLA neurosurgeon serves on task force that issues improved definition for epilepsy
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was cited April 22 in Medscape Neurology and April 23 in Health Canal in articles about a new definition of epilepsy created by a task force that included Mathern.
 Dr. Lu and link to article A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Lu
Dr. Daniel Lu, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Spine Center, was profiled in the April edition of Spinal Surgery Today. The article explored his research into new ways to regain function following spinal-cord injury and minimally invasive approaches to surgically manage spinal disorders. Story on healio.com »
 Dr. Gary Mathern and link Neurosurgery Epilepsy article New Epilepsy Definition Adopted
Dr. Gary Mathern on Medscape Medical News -- "Elements of the definitions used by the task force were based on guesses because of lack of data," said Dr. Mathern, in explaining to Medscape Medical News the purpose of such a poll. "For those more controversial components where what was used was based on 'expert opinion,' we decided that since it was opinion, why not allow others to give us their opinions." Story on Medscape Medical News »
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Epilepsy criteria redefined in bid to improve diagnosis
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was cited April 14 in News-Medical.net, Medical News Today and OnMedica articles about a new definition of epilepsy created by a task force that included Mathern.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nader Pouratian musician essential tremors Musician Cuts First Album after Surgery
Brad Carter, a musician who played guitar in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center operating room during a brain surgery that was tweeted live across the world, was profiled April 10 by KABC-Channel 7.  The segment captured his dream to record his first album after Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, implanted a device that controlled his essential tremor condition, which made his hands shake during movement. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Nick Shamie Iran telesurgery Coverage on Telesurgery Broadcast in Iran Highlights Two UCLA Programs
The Beverly Hills Courier  April 8 reported on a telesurgery that was broadcast to Tehran as part of an initiative to teach orthopaedic procedures to foreign medical communities. UCLA received special permission from the U.S. Department of the Treasury because of economic sanctions imposed on Iran. Dr. A. Nick Shamie, chief of orthopaedic spine surgery at the UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica and assistant professor of orthopaedics and neurosurgery, performed the surgery, which was also watched in Pakistan, Tanzania and Brazil.   Shamie and Dr. Thomas Coates, director of the UCLA Center for World Health, were quoted.  KNX 1070AM March 18 aired an interview with Dr. Shamie on the challenges of organizing the broadcast and its ensuing success.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa clinical trial trauma patients Placing Critical Patients in Suspended Animation
Dr. Paul Vespa, director of the neurocritical care program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and a professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed March 29 by NBCNews.com about a new clinical trial placing trauma victims in a state of suspension by inducing hypothermia to help slow down cellular activity.
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Jonathan Redmond and link to story After radical brain surgery, Mission Viejo man beats the odds
Jonathan Redmond was born with an unusual brain condition that caused severe developmental delays. After surgeries and multiple therapies, he earned an adult education diploma through Capistrano Unified. UCLA specialists proposed a hemispherectomy – a rare procedure in which the side of the brain where seizures originate is cut out or disconnected.
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Dr. Martin on ExtraTV Medical Breakthroughs! How Combining Medicine and Technology Is Changing Everything
Cutting edge spinal cord research, breakthroughs in brain disorders, virtual surgical training…this is the future of medicine. Dr. Neil Martin, Chairman of Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center, breaks down some of the most incredible medical advancements of our time, and explains how combining medicine and technology is changing everything.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Mayumi Prins concussion
Soccer broke my brain
Dr. Mayumi Prins, associate professor of neurosurgery, commented March 21 in an essay in Aeon magazine about what happens in the brain when an athlete suffers a concussion.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Running man William
For William, functioning with only the left part of his brain is all he knows. At less than a year old, William underwent modern science's most radical and controversial brain surgery: a hemispherectomy, otherwise known as the removal of an entire hemisphere of the brain. Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was featured.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried brain implants Wall Street Journal Spotlights Memory Research
A 2012 study by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Semel Institute, that found zapping the brain with an electrical jolt improved memory was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal in a March 14 article about the future of brain implants.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin stroke risk in women Stroke Risk in Women
Dr. Neil Martin, chairman of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a director of the UCLA Stroke Center, was interviewed March 3 on the Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" show about risk factors, warning signs and new medical guidelines for treating strokes in women.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Daniel Lu cervical spinal-cord injury research Restoring Hand Movement After Paralysis
Physicians News Network reported Feb. 23 that Dr. Daniel Lu, UCLA assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, and V. Reggie Edgerton, UCLA distinguished professor of neurobiology and of integrative biology and physiology, have been awarded $6 million by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to explore ways to restore hand function after paralyzing spinal-cord injuries. Lu was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa brain dead teen Mom: Hopeful signs seen in teen called brain dead
Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted in a Feb. 20 Associated Press article about a family caring for a son who is in a persistent vegetative state.  
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried brain nerve cell research National Geographic Investigates the Brain at Work
The February issue of National Geographic explored research from the UCLA Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory that unravels how individual nerve cells in the brain process what the eyes see and how the brain stores that information.  Photos accompanying the article captured a team led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as the researchers implanted electrodes in the brains of patients and observed the nerve cells at work.
Neurosurgery article of Dr. Daniel Lu cervical spinal-cord injury research Regaining Hand Movement after Paralysis?
Becker's Spine Review reported Feb. 7 and News-Medical.net and Phys.org reported Feb. 10 on a $6 million, five-year grant awarded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to UCLA researchers Dr. Daniel Lu and Reggie Edgerton to explore ways to restore hand function after cervical spinal-cord injury.  Lu is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a clinician at the UCLA Spine Center, and Edgerton is a distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology at UCLA and of neurosurgery and neurobiology at the Geffen School.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa patient coma Family Promise Gave Life to Man in 31-Year Coma
Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted in a Jan. 26 Associated Press article about a family caring for a son in a persistent vegetative state.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Mayumi Prins head injuries Young female soccer players keep playing despite concussion symptoms as girls become more aggressive on the sports field
Dr. Mayumi Prins, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Jan. 21 by London's Daily Mail about young female soccer players staying in the game despite suffering head injuries on the field.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa brain death Experts: Clock ticking for CA 'brain dead' teen
Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurology and neurosurgery, and director of neurocritical care, commented in a Jan. 7 Associated Press story about how the body will slowly shut down after brain death, despite artificial means to maintain blood circulation and ventilation.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Mayumi Prins NFL brain injury Jovan Belcher Did the Kansas City Chiefs make Jovan Belcher a monster -- or was the monster already there?
Mayumi Prins, associate professor of neurosurgery, was interviewed Jan. 10 on Fox Sports about whether a sports-related brain injury may have contributed to a football player's violent behavior.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza transgender athletes Allowing Transgender Athletes to Compete
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Dec. 17 by Capitol Public Radio about the California State Athletic Commission's consideration of new rules to allow transgender athletes to participate in combat sports.  Giza is vice chair of the organization.  The story was also reported by KPCC 89.3FM and the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Neil Martin Larry Miller brain injury Brain Surgery No Laughing Matter
Dr. Neil Martin, chair of neurosurgery, was interviewed Dec. 9 on "Extra" about treating comedian Larry Miller, who suffered a life-threatening brain injury.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Rasmussen encephalitis Little Nikki's Brave Battle
Australia's "The Project" news program Nov 20 aired a documentary (Part 1, Part 2) that followed the journey of a three-year-old girl from Perth who suffered up to 200 seizures a day that could not be controlled by medications.  She and her parents came to UCLA for treatment with the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy program. Using a functional MRI scan, the UCLA team was able to identify the seizure-causing lesion and performed successful surgery to remove it and stop her seizures.  Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was featured.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports-related concussions
Concussion's Damage Lingers After Symptoms Disappear
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, commented Nov. 26 in a Healthline article about new guidelines he co-developed for managing sports-related concussions in student athletes.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda brain injuries Greater Partnerships With Universities, Other Community Resources Needed to Help Veterans
A Nov. 11 op-ed in the Huffington Post referenced research by Dr. David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of UCLA's Brain Injury Research Center, aimed at better diagnosing and treating brain injuries on the battlefield.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh quality and safety UCLA Hospitals


Transforming Health Care
The November issue of The Hospitalist features a column by Dr. Nasim Afsar, associate chief medical officer for UCLA hospitals and executive director of quality and safety in the UCLA departments of medicine and neurosurgery, about the current state of the health care system in the U.S. and opportunities for reinventing the system.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Mayumi Prins concussions Neuroscientist Offers Insights into Young Concussion
Dr. Mayumi Prins, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, coauthored an Institute of Medicine study released Oct. 30 about how a 'culture of resistance' keeps concussion rates high in young athletes.  Prins commented in an Oct. 31 coverage of the report by the Los Angeles Times, and Oct. 30 articles by NBC News.com and the U.K.'s Daily Mail
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza concussion young athletes Expert Examines Brain Injury in Kids, Pro Athletes
Dr. Christopher Giza, a professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Oct. 30 by CBS News about concussion in young athletes.  The segment aired in 43 markets, including on KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 in Los Angeles, and on CBS Morning News.  Giza also commented Oct 27 in a New York Times article about kids and concussions, and was highlighted Oct. 25 in a CBS News.com article about brain injuries in NFL players.
 Neurosurgery article of Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet brain memory How Sugar Affects the Brain
An io9 article on Oct. 30 cited a UCLA study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Brett Favre chronic concussion symptoms

Brett Favre's memory loss spotlights known concussion symptom
October 25, 2013. CBS news (cbsnews.com) article "Brett Favre's memory loss spotlights known concussion symptom" quotes Dr. Giza regarding chronic symptoms after multiple concussions, recent updated AAN concussion guidelines, uncertainties in current research and recent safety changes in sports rules. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Concussions and High School Football

KCRW Explains Concussions and High School Football
Dr. Christopher C. Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology, was interviewed Oct.21 on the KCRW 89.9FM program "Which Way L.A.?" about the growing concerns about traumatic brain injury from playing football and what is being done on the high school level to protect players. Giza was also featured in an October edition of Bay Area Parent on new guidelines he coauthored for the American Academy of Neurology about treating concussions in teens and children.

 

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf Chiari malformation Brave 6-Year-Old Battles Same Brain Disease as Her Dad
Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf, professor of neurosurgery, was cited in an Oct. 15 Yahoo.com article about a brain disorder called Chiari Malformation that both a father and his daughter were diagnosed with.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza head injuries

A Two-Level Approach to Protecting Riders' Head in Impacts
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Oct. 10 in a New York Times article about protecting the heads of motorcycle riders.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Nader Pouratian spinal cord stimulator chronic back pain Can an Implant Relieve Chronic Back Pain?
Dr. Nader Pouratian, director of neuromodulation and associate professor of neurosurgery, was interviewed Oct. 14 on ABC news about spinal cord stimulator treatment to relieve chronic back pain.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh reducing hospital readmissions Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions
The October issue of FierceHealth.com looked at four strategies that can help hospitals reduce the number of patients who return for more care within 30 days of discharge. Marcia Colone, system director of care coordination and clinical social work at UCLA Health System, and Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh, associate chief medical officer, assistant clinical professor of medicine and neurosurgery and executive director of quality and safety in the departments of medicine and neurosurgery at UCLA Health System, were quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Surgery Removes Half of Boy's Brain
The East Valley Tribune reported Oct. 7 on a young boy who underwent a cerebral hemispherectomy - the removal of half the brain - at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to treat his chronic seizures. The boy's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, and Dr. Shaun Hussain, a neurologist at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, were quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf patients' choice avward Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf receives Patients' Choice Award
While doctors generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews worthy of a Patients' Choice acknowledgement. In fact, of the nation's 830,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012. Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery was recognized.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza NFL concussions

For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results
September 24, 2013 Frontline PBS.org article titled "For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results".  Dr. Giza is quoted discussing AAN concussions guidelines and evidence for cognitive risks of repeated concussions.  
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports concussion guidelines Concussion Discussion: New Guidelines for Head Injuries
September 24, 2013. BayArea Parent article discussing the new sports concussion guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology, with particular emphasis on youth sports concussions, recognition, management and recovery.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza concussion polymer liner treatment UCLA professor creates polymer liner to reduce injuries
September 22, 2013. Daily Bruin article about Dr. Gupta's new polymer which shows great promise to reduce forces that can cause concussions.  Dr. Giza is quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Daniel Lu Laminectomy Spinal Surgeon Saves Vet from Paralysis
A columnist for the Veterans News Service Los Angeles published a Sept. 21 first-person account of his experience undergoing decompression spinal surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica to prevent paralysis.  Dr. Daniel Lu, assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, performed the minimally invasive procedure.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. John Frazee vertigo Minimally Invasive Surgery Stops Vertigo from Meniere's Disease
The Acorn newspaper reported Sept. 19 on a surgery that snips the balance nerve on one side of the brain to stop the extreme vertigo resulting from Meniere's disease, a balance disorder.  Performed in tandem at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by Dr. John Frazee, professor of neurosurgery, and Dr. Akira Ishiyama, professor of head and neck surgery, the procedure relies on a special endoscope invented by Frazee that allows Ishiyama to pinpoint the correct nerve through a smaller opening in the skull, halting the patient's dizziness, protecting their hearing and allowing for a faster recovery. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Science of Concussions

Santa Clara Concussion Symposium: Science of Concussions
September 12, 2013.  Sportsbrain.com blog summarized discussions at Santa Clara University Sports Law and Ethics symposium.  Comments by Dr. Chris Giza on the "Science of Concussions" panel are posted.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Neil Martin hemorrhagic stroke Treating Stroke Patients
Dr. Neil Martin, chief of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Sept. 11 on KNBC-Channel 4 about a minimally invasive treatment he pioneered to help patients who have experienced a hemorrhagic stroke.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports-related concussions Experts urge proper healing before heading back to school sports
A CBS News.com article published Sept. 2 about kids and concussions cited new guidelines co-developed by Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, for the handling of sports-related concussions
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin traumatic brain injury

Head injuries clearly linked to brain damage
Dr. Neil Martin, chairman of neurosurgery, described how repeated blows to the head affect the brain in an Aug. 28 article on NBCNews.com about the National Football League's agreement to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by retirees with advanced dementia as well as the families of players who have died following sports-related head trauma.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Removing HALF a child's brain can be best option to stop seizures, research confirms
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Aug. 23  in NBC News.com and Aug. 26 in the Daily Mail (U.K.) about the effectiveness of cerebral hemispherectomies - the removal of half the brain - in treating chronic seizures.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Taking out half a kid's brain can be best option to stop seizures, research confirms
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Aug 23 by NBC health on hemispherectomy procedures for severe seizure-prone pediatric patients.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa EVA robo-doc remote-presence robot How Environment and Technology Can Improve Health Care
A July 12 U.S. News & World Report article on the use of technology in health care noted Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's EVA, a 5-foot, 5-inch robot that allows physicians to examine a patient in the neuro-ICU without leaving their offices.  Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery and director of neurocritical care, was cited.
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Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. David Hovda NFL concussion program OTL: Doctor's Orders
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Injury Research Center, was featured in an Aug. 15 ESPN segment about the NFL's concussion program.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried brain grid cells Uncovering the Brain's GPS
The Philippines' GMA News Service reported Aug. 10 on research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues showing that the human brain contains a navigational system made up of "grid" cells. Fried was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Brain GPS Uncovering the Brain's GPS
Research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues showing that the human brain contains a navigational system made up of "grid" cells was highlighted Aug. 4 by the New York Times, Israel's All Voices, Science Daily and Laboratory Equipment,  and Aug. 5 by the Times of India, Press Trust of India, Science World Report and Medical Xpress, and Aug. 8 by KeystoneEdge and Tech2. Fried was quoted. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Carol Kruse New Treatment Approach for Breast Cancer Spread to Brain
Health News Digest, Examiner.com, Regator, Silobreaker, Science Daily, HER2 Support.org, Steve's News August 1; DNAvaccine.com and News-Medical.net August 2; Health Today, Acne Treatments Info, Medical News Today, LPIT Solutions, MDLinx, First Step Health Agency August 5; Bio IT World August 6 and Doctor Tipster August 7 featured a UCLA study on a new technique that combines gene therapy and immunotherapy to treat breast cancer that has spread to the patient's brain. Carol Kruse, professor of neurosurgery and member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Brain Research Institute, was quoted in the coverage.
 Neurosurgery article of UCLA's Junior Neuroscience Training Program Brain Injury Research Center Junior Neuroscientists Highlighted by Channel 7
KABC-Channel 7 aired a July 30 segment about UCLA's Junior Neuroscience Training Program, a two-day course sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery's Brain Injury Research Center, which uses hands-on activities to teach teenagers about the brain and pique their interest in neuroscience careers.  Program director Mayumi Prins, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza NFL concussions

NFL Explores New Concussion Guidelines
New guidelines for diagnosing and treating concussion that were coauthored by Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, were reported July 30 by NFL.com.  Giza was quoted. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports-related concussions ESPN Interviews Concussion Expert
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed July 21 on ESPN Radio's "New York Sports and Beyond" about new guidelines he helped develop for the handling of sports-related concussions.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Nader Pouratian DBS surgery Rockin' Out after Brain Surgery
NBC's Today Show, KCBS-Channel 2, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11, dozens of NBC and Fox affiliates nationwide, the New York Daily News, Asian News International, the Press Trust of India reported July 10 on a musician who performed live for the first time since undergoing brain surgery to treat benign essential tremor three months earlier.  Brad Carter was Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's 500th patient to undergo deep brain stimulation, which implants a pacemaker in the brain to correct faulty signals making his hands shake.  His surgeon, Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery, was interviewed.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Surgery to Remove Half of Boy's Brain
The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) reported July 7 on a young boy who will soon undergo a cerebral hemispherectomy - the removal of half the brain - at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to treat his chronic seizures. The boy's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Neurosurgeon Honored for Epilepsy Work
Phys.Org July 5 and News-Medical.net July 4 reported that Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, has been honored by the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy for his contributions to epilepsy research and treatment in children.

Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Nader Pouratian pacemaker essential tremors today show Man has brain surgery while awake, strumming guitar
Brad Carter, an actor and guitarist in Los Angeles, underwent brain surgery to fix benign tremors after medications failed to cure them. He was awake for six hours of the surgery, playing his guitar to help doctors implant a wire inside his head. Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery, was interviewed.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Jonathan Braun mid-fight heart attack KCAL Covers Mid-flight Rescue
Dr. Jonathan Braun, chairman of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Lynn Gordon, associate dean of academic diversity at the medical school and professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, were interviewed for a June 21 KCAL-Channel 9 segment describing their rescue of a fellow airline passenger who suffered a heart attack mid-flight.  Dr. Brandon Evans, a UCLA neurosurgery fellow, also participated in the patient's resuscitation.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin stroke treatment Wide Media Coverage on Need for Speed to Treat Stroke
Dr. Neil Martin, co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center and professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery, was featured in a June 18 KABC-Channel 7 health segment about a UCLA study showing the importance of getting to an emergency room as soon as possible after a stroke. Receiving a clot-busting drug to restore blood flow as soon as possible after a stroke occurs can minimize damage to the brain. Separately, the study was also featured in health segments on 45 television stations nationwide, including KCBS-Channel 2, KBAK-Channel 29 (Bakersfield), KVAL-13 (Eugene, Ore.); WDSU-Channel 6 (New Orleans); and WLAJ-Channel 6 (Lansing, Mich.). In addition, the study was featured June 18 by ABCNews.com, Newsday.com, U.S. News & World Report, EverydayHealth.com, Science Codex, KMBZ 98.1FM (Kansas City, Mo.), OzarksFirst.com, Nurse.com, SeniorJournal.com, laboratoryequipment.com, Onmedica.com, Onlymyhealth.com, HealthCanal.com, and Health24.com. Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology, director of the UCLA Stroke Center, and the study's first author, was quoted in the print coverage.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried human memory electrically stimulating Electric Boost Helps Brain Learn Better
The Pakistan Observer reported June 11 on a study led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute, showing that human memory can be improved by electrically stimulating a key area in the brain as it learns to navigate a new environment. Fried is quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza traumatic brain injury Concussions can affect boys and girls differently, but always require careful medical attention
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, commented June 5 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about how concussions can affects girls and boys differently.  The article was carried by the Sacramento Bee.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Anthony Heaney Cushing Disease Therapy Media Key in on Potential Cushing Disease Therapy
United Press International, The Houston Chronicle, Science Codex, and MDLinx May 31, and Medical News Today and MediLexicon June 3 reported on research co-authored by Dr. Anthony Heaney, professor in the UCLA Departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery and co-director of the UCLA Pituitary & Neuroendocrine Tumor Program, finding that a receptor called TR4 is over expressed in pituitary tumors that trigger the overproduction of cortisone, causing the rare but life-threatening Cushing disease.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Nader Pouratian pacemaker essential tremors twitter UCLA Live-Tweets Guitarist's Awake Brain Surgery
Media around the world covered Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's 500th deep brain stimulation surgery in a patient who played guitar on the operating-room table midway through the procedure.  The surgery, which implants a pacemaker in the patient's brain to regulate essential tremor, was tweeted live, with pictures and video, by UCLA Health System's social-marketing staff.  News coverage included May 30 by iTech Post, May 28 by CNN and CNN en Español; May 26 by KNBC-Channel 4; May 25 by Britain's BBC, the Sacramento Bee, MSN.com, Medical Daily, Examiner.com and Iran's ISNA; May 24 by Yahoo! News, Britain's Daily Mail, iHealth Beat, Ubergizmo and the Digital Journal; and May 23 by the Huffington Post and KNX 1070AM. Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery, was quoted in the coverage, which included Canada's CBC and Iran's Tagrib News.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nader Pouratian pacemaker essential tremors UCLA Chronicles Live Brain Surgery for the World
The Los Angeles Times, KCBS-Channel 2 and CNET reported May 23 on UCLA Health System's welcoming the world to watch a brain surgery as it unfolded in the operating room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center through live Vine videos and Instagram photos posted on Twitter.  Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery, implanted a pacemaker deep inside a patient's brain to stop essential tremors.
 Neurosurgery article of Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet brain memory How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A column in the May 15 Times of India highlighting modern developments that may be making humans dumber cited a study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa robo-doc remote-presence robot
Robo-Doc Navigates Hospital on Own
A new iPad-powered robot that can navigate Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit on its own, affording physicians more time to care for critically ill brain-injury patients, was covered May 8 by AZoRobotics and Telepresence Options; May 7 by the Daily Mail (U.K), Russia's RIA Novosti, L.A. Weekly, Fox News, Smart Planet and Technorati; and May 6 by KTTV-Channel 11, CNET, QMI news agency (Canada), Examiner.com and PadGadget. Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the medical center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted.
 Neurosurgery article of IBM traumatic brain injury UCLA Teams with IBM for Brain Monitor
Smart Planet reported May 6 that researchers at the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery are working with IBM and Excel Medical Electronics to test new software that monitors vital signs and other data to predict rising brain pressure in patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda military traumatic brain injury 60 Minutes Highlights Invisible Wounds of War
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Injury Research Center, was featured in a May 5 CBS 60 Minutes segment about the military's treatment of traumatic brain injury. Hovda was credited as the individual who convinced the Pentagon that even a mild concussion can result in serious injury and should be treated.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Rasmussen encephalitis Dealing with Rare Childhood Diseases
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was cited April 23 in a Connecticut Magazine article about the father of one of his patients whose foundation supports research efforts to find a cure for his daughter's rare brain disease called Rasmussen Encephalitis.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Mayumi Prins Teenage Brain and Sports Related Concussions The Teenage Brain and Sports Related Concussions
Dr. Mayumi Prins, director of the BIRC Education Program at UCLA was interviewed by Super Mommy...Not about sports related concussions among the youth and discovering the teenage brain.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa robo-doc remote-presence robot WALL-E, meet EVA: 'Robo-doc' navigates on its own, frees doctors to focus on the critically ill
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the world's first hospital to introduce a remote-presence robot into its neurological intensive-care unit in 2005, now welcomes the RP-VITA, the first robot able to navigate the hospital on its own.  Dr. Paul Vespa, director of neurocritical care and professor of neurosurgery and neurology, and neuro-ICU was interviewed.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh Quality Improvement at UCLA Hospitals Quality Improvement at UCLA Health System
The April 9 Becker's Hospital Review featured an interview with Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh, associate chief medical officer of UCLA Hospitals and executive director of quality and safety in the departments of medicine and neurosurgery, about innovative strategies UCLA hospital leaders are using to improve safety and quality, and ways the system teaches quality-improvement techniques.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of IBM and Excel Medical Electronics brain monitor traumatic brain injuries UCLA Teams up With IBM for Brain Monitor
KCAL-Channel 9 and City News Service reported March 26, and Forbes reported March 18, that researchers at the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery are working with IBM and Excel Medical Electronics to test new software that monitors vital signs and other data to predict rising brain pressure in patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin comprehensive stroke center Local Newspaper Highlights Stroke Center
The Beverly Hills Courier reported March 22 that the UCLA Stroke Center was certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the independent Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Comprehensive stroke centers offer the highest level of care, including neuro-intensive care units, complex neurosurgical interventions, and advanced brain and blood-vessel imaging.
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 Concussion - Christopher Giza, MD Suspected Concussion?  Take Player Outta the Game
New guidelines co-written by Dr. Christopher Giza, an associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology with the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, for handling sports-related concussions, were covered March 19 by Examiner.com and the Westside Story; and March 18 by the New York Times, Associated Press, Yahoo! News, ABC News, CBS News, an NBC News blog, the Australian Broadcast Corporation, ABC News Online (Australia) Agence France Presse, the San Francisco Chronicle, HealthDay News, WebMD, San Diego Union-Tribune, Houston Chronicle, EveryDay Health, Medpage Today, Medscape, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Healio, Daily Rx News and more.  Giza was quoted in the articles.  Additional coverage included USA Today, a National Public Radio blog, a Los Angeles Times blog, Fox News, Toronto's Global News, NBC News Channel and KNBC-Channel 4.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin Valerie Harper brain cancer Valerie Harper Shares 'Amazingly Shocking Diagnosis' in Video Message
Dr. Neil Martin, chairman of neurosurgery, was interviewed March 6 by Extra TV about the terminal brain cancer that actress Valerie Harper is fighting.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Rasmussen encephalitis Connecticut Paper Highlights Social Media's Help in Pushing Research for Rare Disease
The Darien News (Conn.) Feb. 28 spotlighted the story of a UCLA patient's father who started a foundation to help raise money to fund research into a very rare brain disease called Rasmussen Encephalitis (RE).  The group has been successful in advancing their research by collecting samples of RE tissue from around the world by using social media to generate awareness. The girl's surgeon and one of the lead researchers, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Mattel Children's Hospital, was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy After brain surgery, local boy's future looks bright
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Mattel Children's Hospital, was cited Feb. 21 in a Santa Maria Times article about a local boy who is recovering well after a hemispherectomy performed by Mathern to treat his uncontrollable seizures.
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 Neursurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Patient's Dad Supports UCLA Research to Find Cure for Brain Disease
Britain's Daily Mail reported Feb. 18, and Huffpost Live reported Feb. 14, on a young girl who underwent a cerebral hemispherectomy - the removal of half the brain - at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to treat her chronic seizures caused by Rasmussen's encephalitis. The girl's father has started a foundation called the RE Children's Project to raise money to support research to find a cure. The girl's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, was interviewed.  In addition, Examiner.com and Medical Express reported Feb. 19, and News Medical.net reported Feb. 20 on a recent donation made by the foundation to support ongoing research at UCLA.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin endoscopic procedure Brain Hemorrhage New Surgery for Brain Hemorrhage Draws Headlines
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Feb. 15 on a UCLA neurosurgery study suggesting that a new endoscopic procedure produces safer and better outcomes than current surgical approaches for patients who suffer stroke due to bleeding in the brain.  Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the neurocritical care program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, presented the findings last week at the International Stroke Conference in Honolulu.  Vespa and Dr. Neil Martin, chairman of neurosurgery, were quoted.  The Feb. 8 Examiner and Feb. 7 Scrubs Report also covered the findings.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern Rasmussen Encephalitis hemispherectomy

Momentum builds in quest to find cure for childhood brain disease
Rasmussen Encephalitis strikes healthy kids; only known treatment removing half the brain. In 2010, the parents of a patient created the Rasmussen Encephalitis (RE) Children's Project to help solve this problem.
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Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Paul Vespa Neuro ICU robot CBS Spotlights Neuro-ICU Robot
CBS NewsPath distributed a TV segment spotlighting Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-ICU robot, which allows doctors to visit the patient's bedside 24/7 from the comfort of their home or office computer.  Nearly 100 CBS affiliates, including KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 in Los Angeles, aired the story on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.  Dr. Paul Vespa, director of neurocritical care and professor of neurosurgery and neurology, and neuro-ICU patient Kevin Sittner, were interviewed. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Antonio De Salles deep-brain stimulation to stop tremors in Parkinson's

Online Outlet Examines Deep Brain Stimulation
Alzheimer Research Foundation published a Jan. 16 feature story about UCLA neurosurgeons' use of deep-brain stimulation to stop tremors in Parkinson's patients.  The technique pulses electricity through electrodes implanted in the brain to short-circuit the misfiring neurons causing the tremors.  The article profiled Dr. Antonio De Salles, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and one of his patients.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Isaac Yang superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome CBS Spotlights Surgeons' Cure of Mysterious Malady
Dr. Isaac Yang, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor of head and neck surgery, were featured in a Jan. 24 episode on CBS' "The Doctors" about a woman with a mysterious condition that amplified the sounds of her body and made them echo in her head.  Gopen diagnosed her with a miniscule pore in her inner ear and collaborated with Yang to open her skull and plug the hole.  The surgery instantly halted the noise, allowing the patient to return to a normal life.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried memory of a single concept SciAm Explores Single-Neuron Memory 
Scientific American published a cover story in its February issue about research on single-neuron memory by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, and his colleagues.  They are investigating how each cell in our brain may be responsible for storing the memory of a single concept, such as a person or thing in our daily lives.  Fried co-wrote the article. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Martin Monti Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon MRI

Brain Imaging Study of Ariel Sharon Draws Global Press
The Associated Press, the New York Times, CNN, CBS online, ABC News, the New York Times, Ha'Aretz, Aljazeera; and the Voice of Russia reported Jan. 28, and Agence France-Presse, Reuters, the Boston Globe, the Telegraph (UK), Bloomberg News, the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post reported Jan. 27, that a team of American and Israeli neuroscientists using state-of-the-art MRI techniques found signs of consciousness in former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state for seven years. Martin Monti, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and assistant professor of psychology at the College of Letters and Science who took part in the examination of Sharon, was quoted.

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Linda Liau cancer vaccines Vaccines Might Become Another Way to Fight Cancer
Dr. Linda Liau, professor of neurosurgery and a researcher at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted in a Jan. 18 HealthDay News article about research on the development of cancer vaccines.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemispherectomy Fundraising concert planned for boy recovering from brain surgery
Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of pediatric neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was cited Jan. 15 in a Tribune (San Luis Obispo) article about a young boy who recently underwent a hemispherectomy surgery with Mathern to treat his epileptic seizures.
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 Neurosurgery article of UCLA Brain Injury Research Center traumatic brain injuries (TBI) Is There a Period of Increased Vulnerability for Repeat Traumatic Brain Injury?
Research by the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, part of the department of neurosurgery, was cited in a Jan. 10 ScienceDaily.com news article about the dangers of repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
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Hillary Clinton - blood clot; Neil Martin, MD UCLA Department of Neurosurgery

Clinton's blood clot lodged near the brain
Dr. Neil Martin, professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery, was quoted Dec. 31 in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today about the injury to Hillary Clinton and the blood clot discovered in a vein in the space between her brain and her skull.

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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized for Blood Clot: How Concussions and Clots Connect
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted in a Dec. 31 Time Magazine article about the injury to Hillary Clinton and the blood clot discovered in a vein in the space between her brain and her skull.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza children concussions Brain Changes Continue After Child's Concussion: Study
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Dec. 12 in HealthDay and MyHealthNewsDaily articles about how concussions may affect kids for months after the injury.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Isaac Yang superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome EveryDay Health Investigates Woman's Mysterious Malady
A Dec. 3 EveryDay Health story profiled a UCLA patient who had a tiny hole in the balance chamber of her ear, which allowed sounds from inside and outside her body to reverberate inside her brain.  Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor of head and neck surgery, diagnosed the problem and partnered with Dr. Isaac Yang, assistant professor of neurosurgery, to repair it.  Both doctors were quoted.
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Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda brain disease found in football players More cases of brain disease found in football players
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted in a Dec. 4 CNN.com article about professional football players and a brain disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy that many researchers suspect may be caused by repeated blows to the head.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports-related concussions in student athletes 'Gamebreaker' helmet aims to prevent concussions, head injuries on playing field
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Nov. 5 in a San Jose Mercury News article about the long term effects of concussions in student athletes.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory Toronto Star Studies How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
The Toronto Star reported Oct. 22 on UCLA research showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted; Rahul Agrawal, a senior researcher in integrative biology and physiology at UCLA, was cited.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza sports-related concussions prevention Doctors shine light on concussions in Scottsdale symposium
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Oct. 2 in an AZ Central article about how certain products said to prevent sports-related concussions are falsely advertised
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
Atlanta's WSB-750 AM reported Sept. 23 on research by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Christopher Giza pediatric concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Channel 5 Investigates Brain Injury in Athletes
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Sept. 26 on KTLA-Channel 5 about concussions and traumatic brain injuries among school-age athletes.
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Dr. Paul Vespa, Director of Neuro ICU (ICU Robot) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center L.A. Times Spotlights Neuro-ICU Robot
Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery and director of the neuro-intensive care unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was featured in a Sept. 13 article in a Los Angeles Times health supplement on the future of healthcare.  The story showcased the hospital's neuro-ICU robot, which enables Vespa to visit patients at their bedside from his home or office.  Vespa was quoted and pictured with a patient.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried research brain code for vowels

Israeli Newspaper Covers How Brain Dictates Speech
Israel's HaAretz reported Sept. 4 on research led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with scientists from Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, that unravels how single brain cells encode the pronunciation of different vowels in speech.  Published in the Aug. 21 edition of Nature Communications, the discovery could lead to new technology that verbalizes the unspoken words of people paralyzed by injury or disease. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza kid traumatic brain injury concussions KFI Addresses Dangers of Athletic Concussions
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Sept. 6 on KFI 640AM about the medical risks of concussions in kids who play sports.  He advised coaches and parents about the importance of safety equipment and playing by the rules in order to prevent brain injury. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried research brain code for vowels

How Our Brain Tells Us to Utter Vowels
The Times of Israel reported Aug. 24 on research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, with colleagues at Israel's Technion demonstrating how our brain cells encode the pronunciation of individual vowels in speech.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried research brain code for vowels

Jerusalem Post, Daily Mail Explore How Brain Encodes Speech
The Jerusalem Post and Gizmag reported Aug. 23; the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Red Orbit, Asian News International and News Medical.net reported Aug. 22; and Medical Xpress and Science Daily reported Aug. 21 on research led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with scientist from Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, that unravels how our brain cells encode the pronunciation of individual vowels in speech.  Published in the Aug. 21 edition of Nature Communications, the discovery could lead to new technology that verbalizes the unspoken words of people paralyzed by injury or disease. 

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory Blog, Radio Show How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats was reported Aug. 17 on Cleveland's WTAM-AM radio and Aug. 22 in an article and podcast on the blog EarthSky.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried research brain code for vowels Scientists from UCLA, Israel's Technion uncover brain's code for pronouncing vowels
Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery, was quoted in a August 22 UCLA Newsroom article regarding a discovery that may hold the key to restoring speech after paralysis.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory Blog Explores How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A rat study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper learning was highlighted Aug. 15 on the Melting Mama blog.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza Kristin Chenoweth brain injury Kristin Chenoweth Leaving 'The Good Wife'
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology, and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted in an Aug. 14 ABC Good Morning America segment about actress Kristin Chenoweth, who is not returning to work after suffering a blow to her head. Giza commented on the danger involved in returning too soon to activity after a traumatic brain injury.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin and Dr. Linda Liau glioblastoma vaccine Film Exec Donates $1M to UCLA Neurosurgery
The Hollywood Reporter, Beverly Hills Courier and Deadline Hollywood reported Aug. 8 on a $1 million gift pledged to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery by movie executive Ted Gagliano to advance Dr. Linda Liau's research on a therapeutic vaccine for glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor.  Dr. Neil Martin, chair of neurosurgery; and Liau, vice chair of neurosurgery, were quoted.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Neil Martin hemifacial spasm Neurosurgeon Solves Eye-Twitch Mystery
Dr. Neil Martin, UCLA's W. Eugene Stern Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of neurosurgery, was interviewed July 30 by KABC-Channel 7 about a patient who suffered frequent eye twitches due to arteries pressing against his facial nerves. The story was also featured July 31 on ABCNews.com and other ABC affiliates, and Aug. 1 by Britain's Daily Mail.
Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Neil Martin hemifacial spasm Arizona Pediatrician Cured of 20-Year Facial Twitch
Dr. Neil Martin, W. Eugene Stern Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was interviewed August 1 on ABC regarding Dr. Vic Oyas, a pediatrician in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., who had a hemifacial spasm caused by pressure on a nerve.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda and Dr. Neil Martin Junior Seau brain concussion and depression Starring Monica Staggs, as 'The Death Doll'
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, commented July 11 in an Arkansas Times profile of a Hollywood stuntwoman who suffered repeated injuries on the job.  He also was quoted in a July 12 Los Angeles Times article about the death of former football player Junior Seau and the relationship between repeated brain concussions and depression. 
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Langston Holly spinal injury research
Food Supplements Preserve Walking in Injured Rats
Spinal News International reported July 12 on a UCLA study showing that DHA, a popular omega-3 fatty acid, and curcumin, an ingredient in curry spice, preserved walking ability in rats after spinal-cord injury.  The research was led by Dr. Langston Holly and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, both professors of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.   Holly was quoted. 
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Online Outlets Tout iPad Use in Medical Education
Fierce Health IT and Equities.com reported July 17 and NewsMedical.net reported July 16 on a study evaluating the introduction of iPads and downloadable lectures from iTunes into the neurosurgery residency program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Published in the July edition of Neurosurgery, the study found that residents studied more outside the home due to their access to the mobile technology.  Dr. Nestor Gonzalez, assistant professor of neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology, led the research.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Vespa robotic technology surgery KTLA Spotlights Robots that Help Doctors
Dr. Erik Dutson, associate clinical professor of surgery and executive medical director of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technologies (CASIT); and Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the neurointensive-care unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, were featured July 16 in a KTLA-Channel 5 story on UCLA's use of robotic technology to train new surgeons and monitor critical patients.
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 Neurosurgery article of the residency training program tablets digital library Tablets increase UCLA neurosurgery residents' study time
Students in a UCLA neurosurgery residency training program given tablets and access to a digital library of resources studied more outside the hospital, according to an article published in Neurosurgery. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda and Dr. Neil Martin Junior Seau brain concussion and depression Junior Seau's brain tissue to be studied, medical examiner says
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted in a July 12 Los Angeles Times article about the death of former football player Junior Seau and the relationship between repeated brain concussions and depression. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Langston Holly spinal injury research

Huffington Post, KTLA Cover Spinal-Cord Injury Study
The Guardian (Nigeria) reported July 5, Digital Journal reported July 3, KTLA-Channel 5 reported July 2, Huffington Post reported June 30 and Becker's Spine Review reported June 27 on UCLA research showing that a diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and an ingredient in curry spice preserved walking ability in rats after spinal-cord injury.  Study authors Dr. Langston Holly and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, both professors of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, were quoted 

 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory NBC's "Today" Explores How Fructose Disrupts Brain Function
A study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats was highlighted July 2 on NBC's "Today" show.
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 Neurosurgery article of UCLA Operation Mend

KLOS 95.5 "Spotlight on the Community" recently profiled the UCLA Operation Mend program
The segment was inspired by a patient, Brent Callender, who had won Beach Boys concert tickets from the station and told his story to one of the on-air personalities

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Langston Holly spinal injury research Supplements Keep Rats Walking after Spinal Injury
Research led by Dr. Langston Holly, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA and curcumin, an ingredient in curry spice, helped preserve walking ability in rats after spinal-cord injury, was reported June 27 by the Indo-Asian News Service, Asian News International, Investor's Business Daily, Press Trust of India, Natural Products Insider, Top News, News MaxHealth and News Medical.Net; and June 26 by an Examiner blog, Senior Journal, Medical Daily, Medical Xpress and the Global Post.  The IANS story was syndicated by the New York Daily News, News Track India, Punjab Newsline and Health India; the ANI article was syndicated by the Times of India; and the PTI report was syndicated by the Deccan Chronicle, Business Standard and The Hindu.  The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine published the study and Holly and co-author Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery, were quoted. 
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr.Kodi Azari Operation Mend KLOS, MSNBC Feature Operation Mend Program
KLOS 95.5's "Spotlight on the Community" featured UCLA's Operation Mend program in two segments on June 24.  The show interviewed Dr. Kodi Azari, associate professor of surgery and co-director of Operation Mend, and retired Marine Corps veteran, Brent Callender, an Operation Mend patient who underwent successful back surgery with Dr. Daniel Lu, assistant professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.  Azari also appeared June 22 on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss Operation Mend's participation in "Veterans on Wall Street," an initiative that supports military personnel. A June 28 MSNBC article also covered a new support fund that will direct donations to Operation Mend.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Gary Mathern hemimegalencephaly Press Investigate Genetic Mutations Linked to Brain Asymmetry
San Diego NPR-affiliate KPBS and Examiner reported June 27; Chinese Medical Daily reported June 26; and Yahoo News and Europa Press reported June 25 on research suggesting that gene mutations cause hemimegalencephaly, a rare condition of infancy in which half the brain is malformed and much larger than the other half.  The findings could lead to medical therapy to replace existing treatment, which surgically disconnects and removes the diseased half of the brain.  Dr. Gary Mathern, co-senior author and a professor of neurosurgery at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted.
Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
Blisstree reported June 25 on a UCLA study showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats - and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage. Lead author Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory

Australian Paper Looks at How Fructose Affects Learning
Australia's International Business Times reported June 13 about a UCLA study finding that high levels of fructose slowed brain function in rats, disrupting learning and memory.  Lead author Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery, was quoted. 
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WebMD Consults Neurosurgeon about Brain Conditions
Dr. Marvin Bergsneider, professor of neurosurgery and director of the benign skull-based and pituitary tumor program and adult hydrocephalus program, was interviewed for a June 5 Q&A by WebMD about Sheryl Crow's diagnosis with benign meningioma, a cancer of the tissue lining the brain.  He was also featured in a June 5 WebMD interview about hydrocephalus, which mimics the symptoms of Alzheimer's but is reversible by surgery.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
Oman's Muscat Daily reported June 6 and La Opinion reported May 27 on a UCLA study showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats - and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery, was quoted. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory The Atlantic, Fox News Feature Fructose Study
Fox News.com reported May 30 and The Atlantic reported May 29 on a UCLA rat study showing that fructose slows brain function, interfering with learning and memory.  The findings were also reported May 26 by Daily RX; and May 22 by Rodale and Pacific Standard magazine.  Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of integrative biology and physiology at the College of Letters and Science, led the research.
 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda veterans disability AP IMPACT: Almost Half of New Vets Seek Disability
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted May 22 by the Associated Press about the record number of military veterans applying for disability benefits. The story was syndicated by the Arizona Republic, Boston Globe, New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory

Fructose's Effect on Memory Draws Global Coverage
A UCLA study showing that a steady high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats - and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage - was reported May 24 by the Philippine Star; May 22 by National Geographic, the Toronto Star and Pacific Standard; May 21 by OncLive; May 20 by the Alaska Dispatch; May 19 by Iran's Press TV, Smart Planet, the New Jersey Newsroom and The Stir; May 18 by MedPage Today, CBS News, Yahoo!, Discovery News, the Pakistan News Service, Monsters and Critics, Science A Gogo, Diets in Review, Emax Health and Food Navigator and May 17 by Forbes and the Los Angeles Times. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted in the coverage 

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla high-fructose diet memory

Fructose's Effect on the Brain Draws Global Headlines
A UCLA study showing that a steady high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats - and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage - was reported May 17 by LA Weekly, Men's Fitness, Medical News Today, 24 Medica and Britain's Daily Express; May 16 by the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Mother Jones, Forbes, Huffington Post, Huffington Post UK, Outside magazine, New York Daily News, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Asian News International, Indo-Asian News Service, Jezebel, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Business Insider, Blast, Examiner blogs (1 | 2), RTT Newswire, PsychCentral, Red Orbit, Britain's Daily Mail, Canada's QMI Agency, New Zealand's Top News, Asian News International, the Press Trust of India, Spain's ABC News and El Economista, Venezuela's El Nacional, Peru Radio and Peru's Radio Capital and Le Gran Epoca; as well as nearly 160 TV reports, including CBS Morning News, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7 and KCAL-Channel 9; and May 15 by United Press International, Agence France-Presse, the Atlantic, Digital Journal, Gawker, Medical Xpress, Live Science, Global Post, Medical Daily and an Examiner blog, among numerous other media outlets. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted in the coverage.

 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza traumatic brain injury

Brain Expert Addresses Athletic Head Injuries
BrainTrack reported May 15 on a National Collegiate Athletic Association-funded study by scientists from the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center about the effects of head injuries on student-athletes during their college careers and beyond.  Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted.  He also commented May 16 in a WebMD story about research suggesting that head injuries in athletes could impede learning.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin Junior Seau traumatic brain injury

ExpertsAddress Athletic Brain Injury, Junior Seau Tragedy
Dr. Neil Martin, W. Eugene Stern Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was interviewed May 3 on KABC-Channel 7, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, NonStopNews LA and Associated Press TV about the suicide of former football player Junior Seau and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has afflicted many former athletes in high-contact sports. David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted May 3 in the Los Angeles Times and Reuters. Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology and a member of UCLA's Brain Injury Research Center, was interviewed May 3 on KTTV-Channel 1 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Isaac Yang Gliosarcomas

Medscape Examines Drug's Link to Secondary Tumors
Medscape reported April 30 on research by Dr. Isaac Yang, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, indicating that a drug commonly used to treat malignant, recurrent brain tumors may increase the risk of secondary cancerous growths. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda and Dr. Neil Martin Junior Seau traumatic brain injury Experts Comment on Apparent Suicide of Former NFL Player
Dr. Neil Martin, professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery, was featured May 3 on KTTV-Channel 11's "Good Day LA" and KFI 640AM and May 2 on KTLA-Channel 5, regarding the apparent suicide of NFL football player Junior Seau and the similarities between his death and that of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last year. Researchers later determined that Duerson, as well as a number of other former professional athletes, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions, dementia and occasionally suicide. Separately, David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was interviewed May 3 on KNX-1070 AM and KCBS-740 AM (San Francisco), and quoted in an MSNBC.com article. Hovda, Martin and Dr. Chris Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology, were cited May 2 in an Examiner.com article.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza concussions Concussion Expert Comments in Local, Japanese News
NHK, Japan's public broadcast station, reported April 14 on concussion's health effects on young athletes and included an interview with Dr. Chris Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital and professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, to discuss his research in this field.  The Beverly Hills Courier also reported April 13 on new funding for the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center to participate in a consortium studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Giza was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda traumatic brain injury Better tests find record concussions among U.S. troops
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted April 12 in USA Today about concussions among U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Epilepsy surgery memories

The Guardian Spotlights Brain Cells with Good Memory
Britain's Guardian reported April 6 about memory research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery, showing that the same single brain cell in the hippocampus fires when an individual views images of, hears about or reads about a particular famous person. Fried was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza traumatic brain injury Grant to Study Athletes' Concussions Gets Online Press
The Westwood-Century City Patch reported April 6 and Sports Concussions reported April 3 on new funding for the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, part of a new consortium studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions.  Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital and professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza chronic traumatic brain injury KPCC, Examiner Cover Grant to Study Athletes' Concussions
KPCC 89.3FM reported April 4 and Examiner reported April 5 that the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center is part of a new consortium studying the long-term effects of sports-related concussions.  The article cited UCLA's principal investigator Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital and professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried epileptic seizures Jennifer Aniston Neuron NPR Covers Brain Cells That Recognize Celebrities
NPR reported March 30 on research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that the same single brain cell in the hippocampus fires when an individual views images of, hears about or reads about a particular famous person. Fried was quoted.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Paul Crandall epilepsy

L.A. Times, AP Cover Passing of Dr. Paul Crandall, Epilepsy Pioneer
The Los Angeles Times and Associated Press published March 30 obituaries on Dr. Paul Crandall, a founding faculty member of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and a pioneer in the surgical treatment of epilepsy.  The AP article was syndicated by 28 news outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune and Ventura County Star.  The Sydney Morning Herald syndicated the Times story on April 4.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. David Hovda traumatic brain injury What Happens When You Die?
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted March 27 in a Huffington Post article and video about what happens physiologically when the brain suffers severe trauma.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda traumatic brain injury Can science explain a killing spree?
David Hovda, director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center and professor of neurosurgery, commented March 19 in Nature about whether a brain injury could have played a role in a soldier's killing of civilians in Afghanistan.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Christopher Giza traumatic brain injury Afghan Tragedy Renews Focus on Head Trauma in Soldiers
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, was quoted March 20 in MedPage Today on efforts to study the effects of traumatic brain injuries in wounded military personnel.
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Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Epilepsy surgery  Nature Praises Neurosurgeon's Research on Memory
Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his research on individual neurons' role in making and recalling memories, were cited March 15 in a Nature review of a new book on the quest to measure consciousness. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda traumatic brain injury Discovery Investigates Brain Injury's Possible Role in Massacre
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the Brain Injury Research Center at UCLA, was featured March 13 in a Discovery article exploring the influence of traumatic brain injuries on soldiers' decision-making in combat. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Epilepsy surgery Surgical treatment for epilepsy should not be viewed as a last resort, study shows
Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Epilepsy Surgery Program, was mentioned March 8, in a UCLA News article regarding surgical treatment for epilepsy. Dr. Fried was also mentioned in a Science Daily article.
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 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Nestor Gonzalez traumatic brain injury KCBS, KCAL Showcases Neurosurgery Patient
A woman who had 60 percent of her cerebellum removed by Dr. Nestor Gonzalez, professor of neurosurgery and radiological sciences, was profiled Feb. 25 by KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9, after being honored by Captain Mark Kelly for her courageous response to traumatic brain injury.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Neil Martin stroke
MagazineSpotlights UCLA Neurosurgery
Chairman Dr. Neil Martin and the life-saving technological advances developed by the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery were profiled in a Feb. 13 feature story by Hewlett-Packard's Input Output magazine.  Martin was quoted. 
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda traumatic brain injury Center planned for Old Town San Diego is pitting neighbors against veterans
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, commented Feb. 20 in a Sacramento Bee article about whether a proposed veterans' facility geared for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury should be located near San Diego's historic Old Town neighborhood.
 Neurosurgery webcast video of Dr. Neil Martin Tourette's syndrome CBS Show Investigates Teens with Tourette's
Dr. Neil Martin, chair of neurosurgery, was interviewed Feb. 9 on CBS's "The Doctors" about teenagers in upstate New York inexplicably developing symptoms of Tourette's syndrome.
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Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Deep-Brain Stimulation ABC News, Slate Explore Electric Boost to Brain
A Feb. 10 ABC News segment featured a study led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery, showing that human memory can be improved by electrically stimulating a key area in the brain as it learns to navigate a new environment.  The finding was also highlighted Feb. 11 by Britain's International Business Times and Feb. 9 by Slate, Slate Video, Medical Daily, Indian Express and an Examiner blog. The ABC story aired on 105 affiliates nationwide, including locally on KABC-Channel 7.  Fried was quoted in the print coverage.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. Itzhak Fried Deep-Brain Stimulation

Electric Deep-Brain Stimulation Helps Memory in Novel Approach to Dementia
Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Epilepsy Surgery Program, was quoted Feb 8, in a Bloomberg article about Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
An electrical current sent deep into the brain improves memory, according to a study that suggests a novel approach to treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
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 Neurosurgery article of Dr. David Hovda chronic traumatic brain injury Ventura County Star Spotlights Brain Trauma
A workshop on rebuilding after traumatic brain injury and featuring David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of UCLA's Brain Injury Research Center, was highlighted Feb. 5 by the Ventura County Star.
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