Medical research, both clinical and basic science, forms an important part of a successful academic neurosurgical department. Research allows our patients access to the newest techniques and medications as well as helping to advance the treatment of neurological disorders for people across the globe. In addition to collaboration with other departments, universities and private industry, the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair contains three separate research groups focusing of different aspects of neurosurgical care:
The Center for Aging and Brain Repair (CABR) is focused on basic and transitional research addressing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s’ and more acute conditions including spinal cord injury and stroke. CABR is located on the USF-North Campus and maintains ten full time PhD Neuroscience Research Laboratories. The Associate Director of the Center is also the Vice-Chairman of Research for the Department specifically tasked to encourage and facilitate Neurosurgery Resident participation in basic science research.
USF Neurosurgery is one of only a handful of Neurosurgery departments in the nation to maintain a spine biomechanics research laboratory to support resident research and publication in spine. The Spine Biomechanics Laboratory seeks to understand the biomechanical underpinnings of both spinal disorders as well as the biomechanical effects of treatment for these disorders.
Additionally, USF neurosurgery residents have 24/7 access to the c Osman Microsurgical Laboratory focuses on complex cranial procedures and works to develop better techniques and better surgeons through the enhancement of resident cadaveric simulation training. The program sponsors various cadaveric training courses in skull base and cerebrovascular techniques throughout the year.
Senior residents acquire microvascular skills in the USF North campus vivarium which provides “valet” services for anesthetized rodent by-pass surgery. Neurosurgical resident progress in this program is monitored by video assessment.
To enhance live animal, cadaveric, and haptic model simulation training, USF has completed construction of the $38 million dollar, 90,000 square foot state-of-the-art-Center for advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). It is the largest and best equipped facility in the world for surgical simulation training. For neurosurgical training this facility includes 32 operative stations, and endoscopic surgical suite, a 3D-rotational endovascular suite, trauma operating room with audiovisual and environmental controls to mimic battlefield conditions, cadaveric, small and large animal, haptic models and haptic model development capabilities.