The Department of Neurosurgery aims to advance the treatment of neurological disorders through its cutting-edge neurosurgery research programs based at Baylor College of Medicine and its hospital affiliates. These efforts include basic science research, translational research, and clinical research programs.

Our Director of Research, Dr. Michael S. Beauchamp leads the department’s research programs. Growth in research is a high priority, and new research faculty have been recruited and a new laboratory suite for neurosurgical research at Baylor has been constructed to that end.

Our research programs are well supported by competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, Veteran’s Affairs Merit Award, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants. We currently rank in the top 20 in NIH funding among neurosurgery departments, with a total of nearly $3 million in NIH grants. When this figure is combined with NIH grants based in the hospital affiliates that form our neurosurgery residency program, the total exceeds $7 million and would rank in the top five in the nation.

The vibrant collection of neurosurgical researchers forms the base for the department’s NIH R25 grant which supports research education for our residents during their dedicated research year (R25NS070694, BAYLOR RESEARCH EDUCATION PROGRAM IN NEUROSURGERY, PI: Daniel Yoshor).

NIH-Funded Projects

A sampling of the department’s NIH-funded projects is highlighted below:

PI: Michael S. Beauchamp
R01NS065395
NEURAL MECHANISMS OF OPTIMAL MULTISENSORY INTEGRATION

PI: Brett Foster
R00MH103479
SPATIOTEMPORAL INVESTIGATIONS OF PARIETAL CORTEX CONTRIBUTIONS TO EPISODIC MEMORY

PI: Vladimir Didenko
R01NS082553
FRET PROBES FOR ANALYSIS OF SERPIN-MEDIATED APOPTOSIS IN FOCAL BRAIN ISCHEMIA

PI: Vladimir Didenko
R21EB022788
EXPRESS ASSAY FOR SPECIFIC FLUORESCENCE IMAGING OF APOPTOSIS VIA PHOSPATASE-ASSISTED TOPOLIGATION

PI: Vladimir Didenko
R21NS101620
IMAGING mRNA TURNOVER IN P-BODIES AND ITS APPLICATION TO BRAIN ISCHEMIA 

PI: Akash Patel
K08NS10247401 
ESTABLISHING THE GENOMIC LANDSCAPE OF HUMAN ATYPICAL MENINGIOMAS  

PI: Tatiana Schnur
R01DC014976
LANGUAGE AND NEURAL RECOVERY FROM STROKE: ROLE OF SELECTION AND WORKING MEMORY 

PI: Sameer Sheth
UH3NS10354901
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION FOR DEPRESSION USING DIRECTIONAL CURRENT STEERING AN INDIVIDUALIZED NETWORK TARGETING

PI: Sameer Sheth
R01MH10670001A1
COGNITIVE CONTROL MECHANISMS IN HUMAN PREFRONTAL CORTEX

PI: Daniel Yoshor
R01EY023336
VISUAL FORM PERCEPTION PRODUCED BY ELECTRICALLY STIMULATING HUMAN VISUAL CORTEX

PI: Daniel Yoshor
R25NS070694
BAYLOR RESEARCH EDUCATION PROGRAM IN NEUROSURGERY