Department of Neurosurgery


Many neurological diseases affect neuronal survival and induce neurodegeneration. The goal of our research is to identify neuroprotective and neurodegenerative cellular signaling in neurons and glial cells. Currently, we are focusing on acute and chronic neuroprotective treatments for ischemic stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. 



We hold weekly lab meetings to discuss the projects going on in the lab. We are scheduled to meet on  Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Neurosurgery Conference Room 102F. However, please check this website frequently for any changes to date/time.


During the Neurosurgery Residency, the NS5 year is designated as the primary research year.  The overall goal is for the resident to become familiar with techniques in molecular biology, genetics, cell culture and animal models. By working closely with Ph.D. scientists, the resident gains a greater insight into the rigorous, technical and statistical aspects of scientific research. Each resident will have the opportunity to  attend national meetings such as the RUNN course and attend a specialty meetings in their area of research, such as the annual Stroke Meeting or Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

You can read more about the Research Education Program Plan here.



The Office of the Medical Dean provides funds to support UT Health Science Center medical students engaged in research projects with UTHSCSA faculty during the summer break. Summer stipends will be awarded for 5-8 weeks of full-time research. 

Applications are currently available online and will be due by January 15th, 2012.  The application requires input by both the medical student and his/her faculty mentor. The online application can be found here.

Each summer the Department of Neurosurgery welcomes medical students who have a keen interest in Neuroscience and Neurosurgery. The summer program is designed to instill scientific thinking, critical evaluation and reasoning skills in students and provide valuable research experience in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data collection and evaluation. At the end of the program, students are expected to present their original data at a campus-wide poster session. 

Note: Deadline has passed for Summer of 2012


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First Lab Meeting of the year

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Department of Neurosurgery Research Lab Meeting

The Department’s new Research team had its first lab meeting of the year. Our PGY 5 residents (Michael McGinity, MD, Asif Maknojia, MD and Shane Hawksworth, MD) have begun their 1 year rotation in the lab. We are very proud to have Naomi Sayre, Ph.D. join our faculty.

Additionally, Megan Hermann (medical student from UTSW) and Anisha Guda (undergraduate from UTSA) have joined the lab. Also pictured is Shane Sprague, our research lab manager. Welcome to everyone and have a productive year!

Researcher Spotlight
Lindsey Williams
Friday Dec 18, 2009
Sam Overley
Thursday Oct 15, 2009