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UI Health Brain Aneurysm Center Research

The Department of Neurosurgery at UI Health internationally recognized for its faculty, groundbreaking research, and patient-center mission. It is ranked among the university leaders in serving as principal and co-investigator for multiple extramurally funded research projects.

Research Projects

The research division within the Department of Neurosurgery is involved in more than 30 basic and clinical research projects in areas including stroke, brain aneurysms, brain tumors, chronic pain, and complex spine cases. The success of the National Institutes Of Health (NIH) study, VERiTAS (Vertebrobasilar Flow Evaluation and Risk of Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke) led by Dr. Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, demonstrates our program's ability to successfully oversee a multisite, international project to determine predictors of stroke in high-risk populations.  

Our commitment to medical education also ensures that a new team of thought leaders is engaged at the forefront of clinical and translational research by fostering research opportunities for all of our medical residents and fellows. Research fellowships, such as the The Croft/Krasny Brain Fund, afford training opportunities through a handsome research environment where newly trained neuroscientists examine novel mechanisms for the treatment of complex diseases.  

Aneurysm Research

Dr. Fady T. Charbel, head of the Department of Neurosurgery, served as site principal investigator for a multi-site international study examining the success of laser-assisted bypass. Dr. Victor Aletich was able to garner FDA approval for state-of the art treatment of complex aneurysms that, left otherwise untreated, would have resulted in blindness and death.

Our physicians and researchers are dedicated to research to treat complex brain aneurysms with innovative approaches, and two recent brain aneurysm studies led by our faculty were the first of their kind in the Midwest.