Chicago Ideas Week at the Forefront of Neuroscience

Last Friday we hosted our first Chicago Ideas Week event, one of the first opportunities for the public to take a look at the new Center for Care and Discovery. Held in the beautiful seventh floor Sky Lobby of our new hospital, the event provided a glimpse into the future of neurological medicine and advanced imaging techniques being pioneered here at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Jeffrey Frank, MD, Director of Neuromedical/Neurosurgical Intensive Care, kicked off the event with an overview of stroke treatment, focusing on the importance of speed. “Remember, time is brain,” he said, emphasizing the need to diagnose the different types of stroke as quickly as possible to prevent loss of brain function or death. He highlighted some of the advances in stroke prevention, from precise, minimally invasive ways of removing clots to microscopic “scrubbing bubbles” for the brain that can detect clots as they start to form.

Dr. Issam Awad answers questions during Chicago Ideas Week

Next, Issam Awad, MD, Director of Neurovascular Surgery, connected the dots from basic genetic research to clinical treatments for neurological diseases. Peter Warnke, MD, Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, talked about his work using advanced imaging to detect and highlight parts of the brain that are causing neurological problems, and how his team can combine these images with genetic studies for precise treatments.

Finally, Kyle Hogarth, MD, Director of Bronchoscopy and Minimally Invasive Diagnostics, took a turn from neuroscience and talked about using a bronchoscope, or a flexible tube with a camera that can be inserted into the lungs to provide detailed images. He and his team use the bronchoscope combined with CT scans like a “GPS for the lungs” to guide the scope as they search for potentially cancerous lesions deep in the lungs.

After the presentations, attendees got to take a tour of the Center for Care and Discovery’s ICU dedicated to neuro patients, and peek in one of the new patient rooms. We’re still putting on the finishing touches, but it was exciting to be a part of Chicago Ideas Week and show off both our new facility and the remarkable physicians who will work there.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer at the University of Chicago Medicine and nonfiction editor for Another Chicago Magazine.

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