Brain, Spine, Nervous System Care
The Genetics Behind Stroke
Working with researchers around the world, Brad Worrall, MD, and other UVA neuroscientists have completed a large-scale study into the genetics behind ischemic stroke.
The goal? "To find a window into the biology that then identifies ways in which we can target, intervene and alter the process of disease," says Worrall. This undertaking could eventually have a huge impact, making it possible to identify those at greatest risk for stroke, which remains the #2 killer worldwide.
Watch Worrall explain this research into the genetic identification of stroke risk.
UVA Neurosciences Center in the News
HIGH PERFORMANCE RANKING
At UVA, five of our specialties were honored as “High Performing” by U.S. News & World Report. Our neurology and neurosurgery services are ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation.
Gamma Knife for Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
New research shows that radiosurgery can remove AVMs, reducing the risk of hemorrhage and stroke. Read more about this gamma knife intervention.
UVA Neurology: Top 10 in NIH Funding
A recent report shows UVA as 10th in funds given by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to neurology departments across the country, reflecting a commitment to patient-centered care and research unique to the region.
Pseudotumor Cerebri & Chiari Malformation Relief
As reported in the Washington Post, Kenneth Liu, MD, used a stenting procedure to save a little boy whose brain condition no one understood.
Born With a Skull Deformity
At just a few days old, Savannah Tucker was airlifted from West Virginia to UVA. She was born with a rare skull deformity called craniosynostosis, commonly known as clover leaf skull. Her initial prognosis was grim; her parents knew without surgery, there was a chance Savannah would not make it.
Over the years, Savannah has undergone over 20 surgeries.
Watch the video to hear Savannah reflect on her remarkable journey.
The Latest Discoveries
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.