Brain, Spine, Nervous System Care
The Stroke Strategy That Saves Lives
Six hours. That's how long Bill had, once the stroke hit, to get help. As with any stroke, every second the brain lacks oxygen can lead to permanent damage.
The swift work of the UVA stroke team in removing the blood clot in Bill's brain helped him recover fully and quickly. Without these dedicated specialists, Bill could have been paralyzed, disabled or worse.
Two months after his stroke, Bill is back on his tractor.
Read Bill's story about surviving a stroke.
UVA Neurosciences Center in the News
Spine Surgeons: Two of the Best
Did you know? Two of the top 18 spine surgeons in the country work in Virginia — and they are both here at UVA. Find out who received this distinction.
Brain Surgery: A New Approach
No more headaches: Nancy Melo, the first person at UVA to have brain surgery using the six-pillar approach and the NICO BrainPath device, is now headache-free.
Concussion & TBI
From the battlefield to the high school soccer field, our researchers are actively working to prevent and treat brain injuries in soldiers and athletes.
Neurosurgery Without the Knife
Two months after Gamma Knife radiosurgery, an outpatient procedure that doesn't involve cutting into the brain, Kay Brockwell's brain tumor had shrunk in size. Read about Brockwell's recovery and get details on how gamma knife works.
The Latest Discoveries
Glioblastoma has a reputation for being the deadliest of brain cancers. UVA’s Benjamin W. Purow, MD, has identified an enzyme that appears to control the signals in glioblastoma cells. Find out why this research could potentially help save lives.
Find out about our current research efforts.
Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trials
Jeffrey Elias, MD, a neurosurgeon at UVA, is exploring the potential of MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat movement disorders. Fifteen individuals participated in his clinical trial and all of them are experiencing great results: “significant improvement” in their dominant hand tremor, substantial improvement in their quality of life, and reported essentially no residual disability from tremor at one year after treatment.
Read more about the results of this clinical trial and how you can join.