It was a busy week in New Orleans for Dr. Connolly, who attended the annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, along with many of his colleagues. Dr. Connolly shared his expertise by teaching three different courses–one on cranial vascular malformations, one on managing neurological intensive care units (ICUs), and another on treating cerebral vasospasm (artery contraction), and he also presented the results of two studies on aneurysm treatment and outcomes. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons is dedicated to the scientific advancement of the field of neurosurgery, and its annual meeting is attended by neurosurgeons from all over the world.
Dr. Connolly recently published findings on a new technique for monitoring patients with critical brain injuries in Annals of Neurology. The article proposes using intracortical EEG (ICE) instead of scalp EEG to detect seizures and other clinically important brain activity (scalp EEGs can be unsatisfactory due to poor spatial resolution and unreliable readings). Dr. Connolly believes that ICE will lead to the development of effective EEG-based alarm systems to prevent secondary neurological injuries.
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