Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, which includes both bench science research and clinical research, is inspired by our care of and interaction with patients. Many of our laboratory discoveries have been translated into technologic and therapeutic advances and integrated into clinical trials and patient care.
Neuroscience research in the department focuses on brain disease and injury, with the goals of preventing and repairing damage caused by stroke, cancer, trauma and neurodegenerative diseases.
Particular strengths of the Department of Neurosurgery have included research in traumatic brain injury; awake brain surgery; stereotactic and functional neurosurgery; neuro-oncology; cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery; pain; brachial plexus and peripheral nerve disorders; and spine and spinal disorders.
Ongoing research efforts include laboratory studies of the mechanics of neurological disease as well as clinical and epidemiological research, which draws on more than 100 years of Mayo Clinic patient records.
There continues to be a great need for continued research efforts, particularly to elucidate the mechanisms of neurological disease and treatment. Operative advances will continue to improve the care and treatment of patients with neurosurgical disease.
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