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Research participants underwent noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Cortical Targets May Be Key to Improving Motor Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers in the Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published the results of research that provides the first evidence that cortical targets could represent a novel therapeutic site for improving motor function in humans paralyzed by spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Clockwise from top left, Unzila Nayeri, M.D., Michael E. Ivan, M.D., neurosurgery resident Roberto Perez Roman, M.D., Maria Emilse Munoz Pena with baby Santino Michar Pena, and father Michar Pena.

UHealth Surgeons at Jackson Remove Two Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman

A Florida mother is thanking University of Miami Health System doctors after they removed two benign brain tumors strangling her optic nerves and restored her sight – all while she was six months pregnant.

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Suhmedh Shah, right, explains the spinal cord to a budding neuroscientist.

Miami Project Researchers Inspire Future Scientists at Annual STEM Expo

Two researchers from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis — Director of Education Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D., and Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., both associate professors of neurological surgery — inspired students interested in science and engineering careers at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ 63rd Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 4.

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Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D.

Laser Therapy Shows Promise for Patients with Refractory Epilepsy

Hope for some people with epileptic seizures not controlled by medication comes in the form of a new minimally invasive technique called laser interstitial thermal therapy. And the University of Miami Health System’s Epilepsy Center is the only facility offering this treatment option in South Florida.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Stroke Stent-Retriever Device Saves Patient with Blocked Coronary Artery

When a heart attack patient with a clot blocking his left main artery arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Cesar E. Mendoza, M.D., attempted unsuccessfully to restore blood flow using conventional balloon angioplasty. He remembered colleague Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., reporting success capturing and removing the clots of stroke patients using a stent-retriever device and asked him to attempt the same technique on his patient.

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