Neurosurgery

About Neurosurgery Research

If you are thinking of a career in surgical research the School of  Clinical Sciences is a great place to start. We are located at Monash  Medical Centre (MMC) Clayton within easy walking distance of both Monash  University Clayton Campus and the Clayton Shopping District.

Neurosurgery projects

  • VP Shunt success : Does the accuracy of placement of the ventricular catheter predict shunt blockage rates ? Does stereotactic placement of the ventricular catheter improve the shunt survival ?
  • Trigeminal neuralgia – what are the short and long-term results of treatment of this condition in our service ?
  • The role of mesenchymal stem cells in spinal surgery : what is the place of these cells in increasing the success of spinal fusion surgery ? – phase 2 and 3 studies.
  • Do mesenchymal stem cells improve the long-term results of injured or degenerate lumbar disc disease, both in operated and non-operated situations ?
  • SAH and cerebral aneurysms – a detailed audit is being undertaken, and there will be opportunities to use this dataset for analysis and publication.
  • Microdiscetomy- a clinical study on post operative management. This is one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide.
  • A collaborative study with engineering assessing sitting with novel technology and its effect on spinal health.
  • The utility of 4D CT- a novel technique in studying stability in the cervical spine.
  • Endoscopic pituitary surgery outcome measures are being collected and there are opportunities for publication in collaboration with a large New York Centre.
  • Neuro-oncology treatment algorithms are being implemented, the outcomes of which will be studied.
  • Stem Cell tracking by novel MRI and histological methods.
  • Tissue engineering pre clinical studies in spinal disc repair
  • Spinal outcome measures are being collected and there are opportunities for publication in collaboration with a large Canadian Centre.