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The faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery guides residents through both the clinical and research experience. Independent research is encouraged and financial resources to fund such research will be made available to interested residents.

Residents are required to have 12 months of research training, focusing primarily on basic benchmark research. The Neurosurgery Basic Research Laboratory provides an excellent source for residents to learn biochemical and morphological issues concerning the physiological mechanisms of the brain.

Basic research within the neurosurgery department has centered around stimulators and inhibitors of DNA damage in CNS, the role of glutamate receptors overactivity in neuronal injury, as well as therapies for brain tumors. Residents are given the opportunity to actively participate in clinical research through drug and device trials and national projects.

Residents receive supervised experience in molecular and cellular neurobiology, monoclonal antibody imaging and therapy, animal surgery, hostology, and cell culture identification.

Additionally, the department has a productive Editorial Office to encourage involvement in the publication of manuscripts and abstracts.

Research Opportunities

Comprehensive programs in basic science and clinical research are conducted by our faculty along with investigators throughout the university community.

Basic science and clinical research projects are an integral part of our faculty and trainee activities. Local, regional, and national peer reviewed funding resources continue to grow and support productive basic and clinical research.