BME Seminar Series: "Innovations in the Minimally Invasive Treatment of Neurological Diseases"

Monday, August 26, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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Matthew Gounis, PhD
Department of Radiology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor and Associate Chair of Research
Abstract: The last two decades have seen enormous advancements in minimally invasive treatment of cerebrovascular disease. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the developed world, and the second leading cause of death worldwide. Advancements in imaging and medical device technology has enabled access and treatment of cerebrovascular diseases from within the arteries. Randomized clinical trials have shown superiority of endovascular therapy to treat ruptured brain aneurysms and large vessel occlusion over surgical and medical interventions, respectively. In large vessel occlusions, causing acute ischemic stroke, mechanical thrombectomy has shown to have a profound treatment effect not just in stroke, but in medicine overall. This lecture will highlight the engineering advancements that have enabled translation of the technology, as well as the next frontier of technology our laboratory is investigating that include high-resolution intravascular imaging and extending the technology and techniques developed for cerebrovascular disease to image-guided, minimally invasive treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Biography: Matthew Gounis, PhD, is Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Research of the Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School. He co-founded the New England Center for Stroke Research at UMASS in 2006 where he and his team work to bring new imaging and medical device technology from the bench to the clinic. For 20 years, Dr. Gounis has performed research on the minimally invasive treatment of cerebrovascular disease with a focus on device technology, pre-clinical disease modeling, and image-guided surgery. Dr. Gounis is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Y.C. Fung Award from the ASME, the Founding President of the SB3C Foundation, the past Chair of the Bioengineering Division of the ASME and the AHA Clinical Bioengineering Committee, Member of the SNIS Foundation, and currently serves as the Basic Science Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery and on the Editorial Board of the journals Stroke and Neurosurgery.
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