Virtual Neurosurgery Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual Neurosurgery Research Symposium will be hosted by the Department of Neurosurgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School, as well as RWJBarnabas Health. The symposium will feature cutting edge neurosurgery research ranging from spinal cord, brain injuries and epilepsy, to age related neurodegenerative disorders and brain cancers. Our Keynote Speakers for this event are Drs. Edward Chang (UCSF) and David Diamond (USF). Online - Registration Required

Hosted by: Drs. Detlev Boison & Hai Sun
Date: March 24, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:45 - 9:00: Introduction

9:00 - 10:00: Edward Chang, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, CA (Keynote Lecture), Restoring Words: Towards a Speech Neuroprosthesis

10:00 - 10:15: Hai Sun, MD, PhD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, RWJMS, Cellular and Network Mechanism of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

10:15 - 10:30: David Zald, PhD, Rutgers Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research, Imaging Networks of Emotion and Motivation

10:30 - 10:45: Jasdeep Hundal, PsyD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, RWJMS, Remote Neurorehabilitation using Virtual Reality

10:45 - 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:00: Resident Presentations

- Chris Talbot, MD: Multimodal Classification of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Using White MatterTractography and Resting State Functional Connectivity
- Raja Jani, MD: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly: Adenosinergic Mechanisms Underlying Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
- Kevin Zhao, MD: Outcomes of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement with or without Laparoscopic Assistance: An Analysis of the National Inpatient Sample
- Neil Majmundar, MD: Telemedicine for Endovascular Neurosurgery Consultation during the COVID-19 Era: Patient Satisfaction Survey
- Sean Munier, MD: Ten-Year Experience with Intracranial Laser Induced-Thermal Therapy; Lessons Learned and Future Directions

12:00 - 12:00: LUNCH

1:00 - 2:00: Data Blitz Sessions, Research Staff
- Anna Fateeva: Targeting ADK Isoforms for Cancer Treatment
- Enmar Alharfoush: ADK-L: Target for Drug Discovery
- Madhuvika Murugan, PhD: Adenosine Kinase: a Target for Epileptogenesis Prevention
- Benton Purnell, PhD:Diaphragmatic Pacing and SUDEP: Getting Inspiration from Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
- Alfredo Oliveros Amaya, PhD: Caffeine as a Potential Therapy for Chemotherapy-induced Physical and Cognitive Dysfunction
- Raad Altawell: Brain Metabolism in Chemobrain
- Spencer Chen, PhD: Seizure Onset Patterns of Optogenetic Evoked Seizures
- Fabio Tescarollo, PhD: Optogenetic Kindling in Mice Induces Mild Epileptogenesis
- Omar Akel, BS: PV+ Interneuron Activity during Optogenetic Evoked Seizures
- John Mueller, MS: Higher Frequency Oscillations in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
- Daniel Valdivia, MS: Do Seizure Ending Patterns Predict Hippocampal Sclerosis?

2:00 - 3:00: David Diamond, PhD, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (Keynote Lecture), A Rigorous Assessment of the Prevailing View That LDL-Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease and Stroke

3:00 - 3:15: Break

3:15 - 3:30: Stella Elkabes, PhD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, NJMS, Current Advances in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Insights Gained from Animal Models

3:30 - 3:45: Mi Hyeon Jang, PhD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, RWJMS, Accelerated Brain Aging in Chemobrain

3:45 - 4:00: Yong Kim, PhD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, RWJMS, Targeting Supt6 in PV Interneurons to Study the Comorbidity of Epilepsy and Depression

4:00 - 4:15: Detlev Boison, PhD, Dept. of Neurosurgery, RWJMS, Metabolism and Brain Function