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Grand Rounds 09/30/15 @ BID-Needham: Dr. Ron L. Alterman  

The Future of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
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Ron L. Alterman, MD

Sep 30, 2015

The Future of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

      

    Objectives of the Presentation

    Participants should be able to:

    • Describe the current indications for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery.
    • Review developing stereotactic techniques/capabilities.
    • Specify the obstacles to developing neurorestorative therapies for neurodegenerative disorders.
        

      Responsibility for Content

      The PDF of the presentation, Objectives, Take-Away points and Article links were sent by Medical Library Services and the CME Committee.

      Diane E. Young, Information Specialist

      dyoung3@bidmc.harvard.edu

       

          

        Take-Away Points of the Presentation

        1. Neurosurgical interventions for Functional Brain Disorders are in their infancy.

        2. Obstacles to more rapid development are our rudimentary understanding of neural signaling and inadequate animal models of the disorders we seek to treat.

        3. Functional neuroimaging will play an integral role in the further development of functional neurosurgery.

        4. Attempts at neural restoration have thus far failed despite substantial investment. Initial trials must be better designed in order to avoid repeated expensive and glorious failures.

        5. In contrast, the development of neural  prosthetics is moving ahead rapidly and holds the promise to restore and enhance many human functions. The ethical implications are daunting.

            

          Links to Abstracts of Articles Cited (contact Diane Young for full-text articles at dyoung3@bidmc.harvard.edu)

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