Residency Research Opportunities
Research and scientific discovery are integral to
Neurosurgery and encouraged as part of the well-rounded training of a Neurosurgeon. The PGY 4 year is dedicated to research and
the Department has a Research Coordinator(s) who is available to assist with
navigation throughout the submission and approval process for human subject
research and chart reviews.
- PGY 3 residents attend the RUNN (Research Update
in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons) course which is funded by the department
- Residents are required to submit at least one
paper (1) for publication each year of residency and submit at least three (3)
papers for publication during the designated 12 month research year
- All efforts will be made to protect research
time, however, there are some clinical responsibilities that are necessary
during the research year to maintain clinical skill sets and for the good of
the program and resident team
- Residents will continue to be included in the
call schedule but at a reduced frequency and will be required to periodically
round with the Neurosurgery team on weekends
- Research residents will cover cases in the OR
one (1) day per week, if needed, and all attempts will be made to coordinate
this with research efforts at least one month in advance.
Many opportunities exist for both clinical and research
projects dependent on the resident’s area of interest.
- Brain Tumor Center of Excellence (BTCOE), under
the direction of Dr. Waldemar Debinski, provides many potential translational
and collaborative research opportunities.
- The BTCOE research plan includes priorities in
the discovery and development of new molecular anti-brain tumor therapies
(Molecular Therapeutics Group), understanding how radiation and other
treatments may cause brain injury (Modulation of Treatment Induced Brain
Injury/Quality of Life Group), the development of noninvasive means to image
brain tumors at the cellular and molecular levels (BioAnatomic Imaging Group),
and the use of preclinical models offered by large animals such as dogs
(Pre-Clinical Models of Disease Group).
- Research efforts at the BTCOE are derived from
the collaboration of 7 departments along with Virginia Tech University.
Collaboration between Wake Forest University and Virginia
Tech University also provides opportunities to participate in research at the
Tyler Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Laboratory, Human Neuroimaging
Laboratory, Computational Psychiatry Laboratory, Center for Injury
Biomechanics, Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks, and Advanced Neuroscience
Imaging Research Core (ANSIR).
Our Deep Brain Stimulation Program has several clinical
translational projects. These projects
entail collaborations with Virginia Tech University and Vanderbilt
Wake Forest is also an international leader in regenerative
medicine with a world renowned institute where researchers are working on
growing tissues and organs for more than 30 different areas of the body
including neurons and nerves. We were
the first to create functional solid and hollow organs such as a liver, kidney
and bladder, as well as spearheading a $75 million dollar project with the
Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine for battlefield Injuries.
The Wake Forest Innovation Center provides facilities and
infrastructure for the generation of biotech businesses from the transfer of
technologies developed at Wake Forest Laboratories. This unique center allows researchers to work
with entrepreneurs to develop new technologies for disease cures. Several
clinical projects exist currently in the area of spinal tools and technique
development, and collaboration with a human neuronal cell line for the treatment
of neuropathic pain is underway.
Relevant Research Links
Brain Tumor Center of Excellence: http://www.wakehealth.edu/Brain-Tumor-Center-of-Excellence/
Department of Neuroengineering collaborative with Virginia
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine: http://www.wakehealth.edu/Research/WFIRM/
Wake Forest Innovation Center: http://www.wakeforestinnovationquarter.com/