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Rao named to neurocritical care board Oct. 4, 2019
Rao elected to the Board of Examiners for the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties neurocritical care section.
Scientist explains the science behind movie tropes from babies in space to hyper sleep July 16, 2019
Longterm space exploration is in our future. But scientists now are figuring out how humans will survive.
Rao honored by Neurocritical Care Society Feb. 15, 2019
Dr. Rao received the Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society Award.


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Image of the Month: Measuring the effects of microgravity on vision April 3, 2018
The Center for Space Medicine, established at Baylor College of Medicine in 2008, is the first academic center in space medicine ever established in a university or medical school.


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Rao honored as neurocritical care leader Oct. 6, 2017
Dr. Rao was awarded a Presidential Citation from the Neurocritical Care Society.
2017 CNS Stroke Care Symposium June 23, 2017
Suarez and Venkatasubba Rao are among the invited speakers.
Crossing continents to provide neurology care Feb. 1, 2017
When it comes to healthcare, every person deserves the proper treatment. It is that belief that drives Dr. Jose Suarez, professor of neurology at Baylor, to cross borders and share the latest techniques in neurocritical care with others. His latest endeavor took him to Ecuador where he helped establish the Clinic for Acute and Emergency Neurology and he doesn't plan on stopping there.
Best of the best in care: Meet Houston's Top Doctors 2016 Oct. 21, 2016
Excellence in health care is a way of life in Houston. The MedCity section has looked to a list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by industry specialist Castle Connolly, to identify America's Top Doctors located right here in the Houston area. They exemplify excellence in Houston medicine.
Supplying Relief July 14, 2016
After a devastating earthquake, donors from across the TMC and beyond collect an unprecedented amount of medical supplies to send to Ecuador
The mysterious syndrome impairing astronauts' sight July 9, 2016
They go to space with perfect vision and come back with a loss of acuity.
Suarez recognized for work with Ecuador relief operation July 1, 2016
The Neurocritical Care Society mobilizes to help support disaster relief operation for Ecuador.
Baylor researchers working to find target blood pressure levels after stroke June 29, 2016
A consortium of researchers found clues to the ideal healthy blood pressure level for patients following a stroke.
Houston Matters/NPR interview - Treating severe stroke is the focus of medical conference May 4, 2016
To tell us more about it, we talk with Dr. Jose Suarez who heads neurocritical care at Baylor College of Medicine, and who first established the conference six years ago.
4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference to be held in Texas Medical Center April 12, 2016
Dr. Jose Suarez leads a conference to bring together a diverse group of scientists and physicians from around the globe to promote collaboration in neurocritical research and patient care.
4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference March 7, 2016
Dr. Suarez has received NINDS/NIH funding to conduct the 4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference.
Details — 4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference March 7, 2016
Scientific program and registration information for the 4th Neurocritical Care Research Conference.
Suarez honored by Neurocritical Care Society Oct. 23, 2015
Dr. Jose I. Suarez, professor of neurology, was recognized for his outstanding work by the Neurocritical Care Society, receiving three honors at the society's recent meeting.
Strokes 101 from Our Experts Oct. 13, 2015
Each year, more than 690, 000 Americans suffer a stroke. Knowing the warning signs of stroke are critical.
Smirnakis promoted to associate professor Oct. 5, 2015
The FAP Committee, Academic Council, and Board of Trustees at Baylor College of Medicine have approved the promotion of Stelios Manolis Smirnakis, M.D., Ph.D., from Assistant Professor (tenure track) to Associate Professor (tenured).
Controversies in IV thrombolysis for Acute Stroke May 28, 2015
In a webinar sponsored by the Medical Education Resources and National Stroke Association, Bershad and Rao compare and contrast contraindications when making selection decisions for using IV thrombolysis in acute stroke care.
Book Release – Critical Care Neurology and Neurosurgery, 2nd Edition May 11, 2015
August 26 is the anticipated release date of the second edition of Critical care neurology and neurosurgery.
New procedures could allow astronauts to stay in space for longer periods of time Dec. 16, 2014
NASA scientists believe the loss of gravity astronauts experience is putting pressure on the brain, causing vision changes in astronauts that could jeopardize future long term missions.
Interstellar brain monitoring Dec. 11, 2014
Remember standing on your head as a kid? After a minute or so you felt lots of pressure? Scientists say the same thing happens when astronauts fly into space.
CT hits the road in Houston with stroke ambulance project Oct. 13, 2014
Houston doctors have launched a CT-equipped mobile stroke unit to start clot-busting treatment sooner after 911 is called. The University of Texas team also hopes to learn whether patients have better long-term outcomes when they're treated sooner rather than later.
Innovation Profile: Eric M. Bershad, M.D. Oct. 9, 2014
Eric M. Bershad, M.D., is assistant professor of neurology and Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine/CHI St.…
Device used to assess elevated brain pressure could benefit astronauts Jan. 14, 2014
A clinical research study of a non-invasive intracranial pressure measurement device has been launched by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and Vittamed, the developer of the device. The study will include the monitoring of neurological patients, as a prelude to possible future use with astronauts.
New non-invasive intracranial pressure measurement device used to assess elevated brain pressure in patients may also benefit astronauts Dec. 18, 2013
A clinical research study of a non-invasive intracranial pressure measurement device has been launched by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and Vittamed Corporation, the developer of the device.
Reduce damage from strokes with FAST action May 6, 2013
May is Stroke Awareness month and with it comes a chance to learn how to prevent or deal with a stroke. Your chance of stroke can be reduced with lifestyle choices—eat well, exercise regularly…
BCM researchers support work to improve neurocritical care May 29, 2012
Experts call for more clinical trails to uncover new treatment options for bleeding found within the membrane layers surrounding the brain.
Intravenous magnesium sulphate found not effective in preventing poor outcomes after stroke May 28, 2012
The topic of whether intravenous magnesium sulphate should be used to prevent poor outcomes after hemorrhagic stroke should finally come to an end after researchers have found that the…
Magnesium No Help for Brain Bleed May 25, 2012
An infusion of magnesium does not improve outcomes for patients with an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, a randomized trial showed.
Neurocritical Care Research Conference returns to Houston May 9, 2012
Conference, founded by BCM researchers, brings diverse group of academic scientists together to focus on field of neuromonitoring.
Second Neurocritical Care Research Conference May 2, 2012
The Second Neurocritical Care Research Conference will be held May 18-20 in Houston.
Physician receives grant from Center for Space Medicine to study the effects of prolonged gravity loss on sense of smell April 9, 2012
Dr. Bershad receives grant to study the effects of body position and elevated intracranial pressure (high pressure in the brain) in humans with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH).
Book Release – Textbook of Interventional Neurology May 9, 2011
This textbook provides a comprehensive review of principles pertinent to endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular diseases and intracranial tumors, with a detailed description of techniques for these procedures and periprocedural management strategies.
Suarez promoted to full professor Nov. 18, 2009
Dr. Suarez promoted to full professor, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine.
BCM will co-sponsor the 1st Neurocritical Care Research Conference 2009 Sept. 4, 2009
This conference intends to bridge the gap between the daily clinical care and the research ideas that will promote improved outcomes. The overall goal of this interdisciplinary scientific symposium is to bring together scientists and physicians from diverse fields with a common interest in understanding and advancing research in neurocritical care.
Book Release – Atlas of Interventional Neurology Oct. 15, 2008
Atlas of Interventional Neurology is the first comprehensive review of the basic principles of endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease.
'Hidden' brain abnormalities common Oct. 31, 2007
Could you have a brain tumor -- and not even know it? New research suggests that benign brain tumors, hidden brain aneurysms and 'silent' strokes are all more common than we think. And some of us are walking around with them without even knowing it.
Minor strokes hardly harmless, know the signs May 1, 2007
No one is at zero risk for stroke, which explains why it is vital to know the signs and understand how to decrease the chance of experiencing a stroke.
Study of brain may show link to violent acts April 22, 2007
The speculation, never accepted or discredited, held that because the tumor pressed on a frontal region of the brain responsible for fear responses and aggression, it triggered Whitman's fatal rage. Neuroimaging, which scans blood flow to determine which parts of the brain are active during various tasks, has identified regions where dysfunction is associated with violent behavior.
Book Release – Avoiding Common ICU Errors Nov. 29, 2006
This pocket book succinctly describes 318 errors commonly made by attendings, residents, interns, nurses, and nurse-anesthetists in the intensive care unit, and gives practical, easy-to-remember tips for avoiding these errors.
Book Release – Management of Acute Stroke/CVA: Focus on Blood Flow Regulation and Blood Pressure Sept. 15, 2006
This little book can serve as a virtual algorithm for the management of blood pressure and thus perfusion pressure in patients with strokes of many kinds and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Hypothermia improves recovery rate from cardiac arrest Oct. 15, 2004
A low body temperature can kill you, but it can also save your life.
Hypothermia more helpful than harmful in cases of stroke, cardiac arrest Sept. 9, 2004
A low body temperature can kill you, but it can also save your life.
Book Release – Critical Care Neurology and Neurosurgery Jan. 13, 2004
An authoritative and comprehensive review of the most important clinical issues facing critically ill neurologic and neurosurgical patients.