The Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Committee was pleased and proud to announce the 5th annual “KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Research Grant for 2017” was awarded to Dr. Anand Rughani, Neurosurgeon with Maine Medical Partners at the Brain Aneurysm Awareness event on September 9, 2017.
Dr. Rughani and his team have developed an artificial neural network (ANN) that has demonstrated accurate prediction of symptomatic cerebral vasospasm following ruptured aneurysm and this new study hopes to validate that model and demonstrate that it didn't just work on one small group of patients, but that it can be reliably reproduced. Dr. Rughani’s neural network technology innovation could be developed into tools that aid physicians to more accurately predict those at risk, and lead to increased positive outcomes in patients suffering from cerebral vasospasm.
Patients with a ruptured brain aneurysm are at risk for developing cerebral vasospasm, a condition that develops when the leaked blood irritates the surrounding brain tissue and blood vessels. After a ruptured aneurysm, patients are monitored closely to watch for any potential developing vasospasm, which can in turn cause further brain injury one to two weeks after the aneurysm ruptures.
- In 2013, the inaugural “Maine’s KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research” was established and a $25,000 grant was awarded to Chanannait Paisansathan, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago.
- In 2014, a $20,000 research grant went to Koji Hosaka, PhD, Dept. Neurosurgery, University of Florida.
- In 2015, the $25,000 research grant went to Kimberly P. Kicielinski, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- In 2016, the $5,000 grant went to Robert Ecker, MD, Medical Director of Maine Medical Center’s Neurosciences Institute.
The research conducted thus far has been both basic science and clinical. To date, some exciting work has been produced in finding better ways to manage aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), vasospasm, and to understand the mechanism for aneurysm growth.
To all the many families that have participated and donated in the past, either to celebrate their survival or to remember their lost loved ones – thank you for joining us and for your support toward this vital research.
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