Research

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Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, Invents Device to Stop Hiccups

September 11, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, has invented a device to stop hiccups. Dr. Seifi’s device forces users to exert effort to suction water. Negative pressure in the chest pulls down the diaphragm, which activates the phrenic nerve. When water comes into the mouth and swallowing occurs, the vagus nerve is […]



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Dr. Mascitelli Co-authors Paper Examining Mechanical Thrombectomy during COVID-19 Pandemic

September 1, 2020

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently co-authored an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery titled “International experience of mechanical thrombectomy during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from STAR and ENRG.” Dr. Mascitelli and his co-authors observed a low rate of COVID-19 among stroke patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in low-COVID burden counties. They also reported that more […]



Faculty Members Publish Article Examining Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality

July 31, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, FNCS, recently coauthored an article for the Journal of Stoke and Cerebrovascular Diseases titled “Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality: A Nationwide Inpatient Sample Analysis.” The study concluded that mortality following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is associated with posterior circulation aneurysms and […]


Faculty members Publish Article Presenting Postmarket Analysis of New Microstent

July 24, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Lee Birnbaum, M.D., and Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently coauthored an article for the American Journal of Radiology titled “Multicenter Postmarket Analysis of the Neuroform Atlas Stent for Stent-Assisted Coil Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms.” Their article presents a multicenter analysis of the Neuroform Atlas, a new microstent designed to assist in […]


Faculty Members Publish Study Examining Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

July 20, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, FNCS, recently coauthored an article for the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons titled “Protective Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Outcomes After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Nationwide Analysis.” Their study concluded that subarachnoid hemorrhage patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) […]


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Dr. Birnbaum Publishes New Paper Examining Prehospital EMS Scales

July 8, 2020

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., recently published an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery entitled: “Paramedic utilization of Vision, Aphasia, Neglect (VAN) stroke severity scale in the prehospital setting predicts emergent large vessel occlusion stroke.” The study’s findings reinforce published evidence demonstrating that prehospital EMS scales, such as VAN, can be successfully incorporated into complex stroke care […]



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Dr. Burma Publishes New Paper Exploring Specificity of Action by Resection Enzymes

July 2, 2020

Sandeep Burma, Ph.D., recently published a paper in Nature Communications in collaboration with Patrick Sung, DPhil, from the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Their paper explores the specificity of action by resection enzymes to correct DNA double-strand breaks. The knowledge gained from this study could one day help improve the efficacy of cancer treatments. […]



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Dr. Seifi Co-Authors First Article Reporting a National Incidence for Brain Death in the U.S.

June 25, 2020

Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, recently co-authored an article providing a detailed epidemiological analysis of brain death in the United States. This article marks the first time ever that a national incidence for brain death has been reported for the U.S. The article is open access, so you can read the entire piece by clicking on […]



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16 Questions with Naomi Sayre, Ph.D.

April 3, 2020

Naomi Sayre, Ph.D., was interviewed for the Pipette Gazette’s Faculty Spotlight article series. Dr. Sayre is an assistant professor of research for the Department of Neurosurgery who is primarily interested in investigating the brain’s ability to recover after stroke or traumatic injury. You can read her interview and watch the accompanying video here.