From the directors
Date: June 1, 2011
In researching solutions to tough problems in medicine and elsewhere, a fresh perspective can make all the difference. That’s exactly what our neurologists and neurosurgeons are offering in this issue of NeuroNow.
For example, take a look at our cover story. John Krakauer, who recently joined the departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, is shining a new light on how people recover from devastating strokes. Specifically, he and his colleagues are working on identifying subtle cues that can predict how far a patient might progress in the three-month window after a stroke takes place—information that can assist doctors in deciding which patients to target for aggressive therapies to help them achieve the most during this critical time.
In another example of innovation, Ali Bydon, an assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Risheng Xu, a fourth-year M.D./Ph.D. student, are chipping away together at unanswered questions in neurosurgery by evaluating hardware in cadaver spines and assessing how different techniques affect patients in their Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory (page 2). Barbara Slusher and Jeff Rothstein are leading the charge to get Johns Hopkins’ basic discoveries to patients through a new model that pairs neuroscience researchers with pharmaceutical experts through the Brain Science Institute’s neurotranslational program (page 3).
All of these new ideas and fresh visions help keep our neurologists and neurosurgeons on the forefront of medicine, providing the best possible care for our patients now and into the future.
Harvey Cushing Professor and Director of Neurosurgery
Director of Neurology