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Emory Neurosurgery to Host Cranial Base Surgery Course
Emory - 11/21/2019
Emory University Department of Neurosurgery will once again be hosting the Cranial Base Surgery Course: A 360 Degree Perspective Hands-On Workshop, March 12-14 in Atlanta, GA. 

National Academy of Medicine Elects Sanjay Gupta, Emory Neurosurgeon and CNN Correspondent
Emory - 10/22/2019
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has elected Emory University neurosurgeon and CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, to join its esteemed 2019 class, which consists of 100 members. One of the highest honors in health and medicine, NAM membership recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.

FDA Approves MRI-Based Treatment to Address Parkinson's Effects
Health Data Management - 8/21/2019
“When evaluating which DBS system is best for each of my patients, I always consider the immediate and long-term needs my patient might have so we can effectively address a patient’s therapeutic needs even as their disease progresses,” says Robert Gross, MD, a neurosurgeon and professor at the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University.

High Prolactin: Why it Happens and When to Treat
Empower - 8/2/2019
Hyperprolactinemia can be a sign of a pituitary tumor called prolactinoma. Patients with sizeable tumors that compress the surrounding tissues may experience headaches, changes in vision and low pituitary hormones (hypopituitarism). Hypopituitarism may result in low cortisol and thyroid hormone production, which require replacement hormone therapy.

Rewire Your Brain for Success by Practicing This Simple 5-Minute Habit, According to Neuroscience
Thrive Global - 7/16/2019
Recently, neurosurgeon, journalist, and professor at Emory’s School of Medicine, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, appeared on Deepak Chopra’s​ Infinite Potential podcast to discuss how to get our brain back on track to enabling success if it’s gone astray.

Artificially Intelligent Neural Interfaces: DARPA Funds Emory/GT/Northwestern Research
Emory - 7/15/2019
Paralyzed people moving their limbs or operating prosthetic devices by having machines decipher the electrical impulses in their nervous systems: it’s an appealing vision, and one that is getting closer. 

Valerie Jackson in Conversation: Sanjay Gupta
WABE - 7/9/2019
This installment of Valerie Jackson In Conversation is with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Dr. Gupta is an associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. 

7 New Things We've Learned About the Brain
Big Think - 7/8/2019
Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have even hacked this physiological response to make awake brain surgery safer.

Glowing Brain Cells Illuminate Stroke Recovery Research
Emory - 7/8/2019
Researchers teamed up with Jack Tung, PhD, Ken Berglund, PhD and Robert Gross, MD, who had created “luminopsins”, engineered proteins that are both light-sensitive and generate their own light when provided with a chemical called CTZ (coelenterazine).

Kelly Stafford Recovering from Complicated Brain Surgery
WSB-TV Channel 2 - 4/23/2019
An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that grows not from the brain, but actually from the covering of one of the cranial nerves,” Dr. Dan Barrow, chairman of Emory’s Department of Neurosurgery, told Channel 2 Action News.

Do this for Five Minutes Every Day to Rewire Your Brain for Success, According to Neuroscience
CNBC - 4/3/2019
How much of your life — your health, your achievements, your skills — are influenced by the sheer power of your mind? As it turns out, the answer is a lot. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, journalist and professor at Emory University's School of Medicine recently appeared as a guest on Deepak Chopra's new podcast series, "Infinite Potential," where the two discussed how we can rewire our brains to achieve great success in life.

Emory First in US to Treat Epilepsy with Deep Brain Stimulation Since Commercial Approval
Emory - 2/19/2019
The Emory Brain Health Center has treated the nation’s first patient with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for medically refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy since commercialization of the procedure was approved last year. DBS is a minimally-invasive surgical therapy that uses an implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain as adjunctive treatment for several neurological disorders. 

Have Neuroscientists Found a "Happy Place" in the Brain?
Psychology Today - 2/18/2019
Sometimes during brain surgery, it’s necessary for patients to stay awake so doctors can talk to them and continually assess language skills and other possible impairments that might occur during a neurosurgical procedure.

Discovering a Source of Laughter in the Brain
NIH Director's Blog - 2/12/2019
If laughter really is the best medicine, wouldn’t it be great if we could learn more about what goes on in the brain when we laugh? Neuroscientists recently made some major progress on this front by pinpointing a part of the brain that, when stimulated, never fails to induce smiles and laughter.

Scientists Find the Brain's 'Funny Bone' Region
Daily Mail - 2/4/2019
Laughter really is the best medicine for brain surgery as it helps relax the patient, a new study has found. During delicate brain surgery where the patient is awake, if they panic and start to move about it could be life threatening.

Laughter may be the Best Medicine - for the Brain
Medical Xpress - 2/4/2019
Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. 

Doctors Zapped a Woman's Brain so She Could Laugh Through Awake Brain Surgery
Live Science - 2/4/2019
"Immediately she had profound relief, she was happy, able to communicate and able to make jokes" said senior case report author Dr. Jon Willie, a neurosurgeon at Emory University School of Medicine. Willie was one of the surgeons who operated on the woman. 

Laughter may be Best Medicine for Brain Surgery
Emory - 2/4/2019
Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery.

How the Brain Decides Whether to Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
ScienMag - 1/8/2019
Why do people make high-risk decisions – not only in casinos, but also in other aspects of their lives – even when they know the odds are stacked against them?