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Brain surgery simulator in use at the MedUni Vienna

Published: Jul 19, 2013

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(Vienna ) Of late a brain simulator has been in use for training in microsurgical operating techniques at the Medical University of Vienna. In Austria, this so-called "neuro touch" simulator is so far being used exclusively at the University Department of Neurosurgery, and much know-how from Vienna has also gone into the development of this training technology.

For five years the University Department of Neurosurgery at the MedUni Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital under the leadership of Engelbert Knosp has been collaborating with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), where the simulator was developed in detail. The technology for a pituitary surgery simulator was developed in 2008 at the MedUni Vienna in the team of the neurosurgeon Stefan Wolfsberger within the framework of a dissertation. The Vienna-Montreal collaboration resulted from this. The MedUni Vienna is the only non-North American university participating in this development.

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ASCO: No Benefit from Avastin in Glioblastoma

Published: Jun 3, 2013

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

CHICAGO -- Patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma lived no longer with the addition of bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemoradiation than they did without it, results of a large multicenter trial showed.

Patients lived about 16 months whether they received chemoradiation alone or with the angiogenesis inhibitor. Progression-free survival (PFS) did increase with bevacizumab, but the difference did not meet the trial's definition of statistical significance.

The addition of bevacizumab to chemoradiation did add to toxicity, Mark R. Gilbert, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Pituitary Surgery in the News

A TV station in Ohio recently did a story on the endonasal endoscopic pituitary surgeries performed at Mt. Carmel East Hospital and at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. They interviewed Dr. Brad Mullin and Dr. Ashish Shah – who discuss the technique of mapping a patient's facial and cranial anatomy by linking CT and MRI scans to a mask made of dozens of LED lights. To read more and see the video, click here.