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Pak H. Chan
The James R. Doty Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Neuronal death and regeneration after strokeand neural injury
Steven D. Chang, MD
Robert C. and Jeannette Powell Neurosciences Professor
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical research includes studies in the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders, such as aneurysms and AVMs, as well as the use of radiosurgery to treat tumors and vascular malformations of the brain and spine.
Dr. Chang is C0-Director of the Cyberknife Radiosurgery Program.
Dr. Chang is also the head of the The Stanford Neuromolecular Innovation Program with the goal of developing new technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients affected by neurological conditions.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests What distinguishes us humans from other animals is our ability to undergo complex behavior. The synapses are the structural connection between neurons that mediates the communication between neurons, which underlies our various cognitive function. My research program aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie synapse function during behavior in the developing and mature brain, and how synapse function is altered during mental retardation.
John R. Adler Professor, Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Functional circuitry of the primate retina and design of retinal prostheses
Assistant Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My laboratory studies childhood brain tumors with a particular focus on medulloblastoma and pediatric high grade glioma, two of the most aggressive types of brain tumors in children. We utilize both 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' strategies to understand the biology of these tumors and identify new therapeutic avenues to more effectively treat these diseases.
Bohdan Chopko, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Chopko's current interests include the treatment of degenerative lumbar disease and local-regional therapies for neoplasms and deep-seated infections. With regard to lumbar stenosis, he is involved in investigating the effects of percutaneously remodeling, dis-inserting and partially resecting the hypertrophic ligamentum flavum, which is a commonly seen component in many instances of lumbar spinal stenosis. He is also studying the role of intra-arterial chemotherapy in spinal cancer.