The Neurosurgery Department provides a comprehensive in-patient and out-patient neurosurgical service, treating the full range of intracranial, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders.
The department treats approximately 2,100 in-patients (with around 50% being elective and 50% emergency) and 4,000 out-patients annually. Trauma accounts for approximately 35% of the caseload.
Sub-specialty interests are in cerebrovascular surgery, spinal surgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery and neurotrauma.
Ongoing research collaborations with internal and external researchers across surgical, preclinical and multidisciplinary / medical device projects include:
- The Monash Bionic Vision Project
- Early interventions to improve outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in conjunction with the Intensive Care Unit (EPO-TBI and POLAR)
- Randomised controlled trial (RCT) of antibiotic impregnated external ventricular drains
- Monitoring of cerebral pressure reactivity in pediatric TBI
- Immediate cooling and emergency decompression for the treatment of spinal cord injury: pilot, safety and feasibility studies
- Incidence and treatment of clinically significant dysphagia amongst patients treated in halo-thoracic orthoses for traumatic cervical spine injury
- A mechanistic approach to therapy development for chronic traumatic encephalopathy using small and large animal models of concussion
- EPIBIOS4RX: a multicenter clinical observational trial monitoring traumatic brain injury patients with potential development of post-traumatic epilepsy from acute to chronic periods after injury.
- Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld was appointed Foundation Director of the newly established Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) in 2014
- Philip Lewis completed his PhD entitled ‘Monitoring of cerebral autoregulation: clinical, physiological and technical concepts’
- Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld was appointed a Knight of Grace in The Order of St John in October 2014.
Professor Rosenfeld’s grant funding for 2014 included:
- Two NHMRC Project Grants as a co-investigator (CIB) for 2014-2016: (i) ‘A mechanistic approach to therapy development for chronic traumatic encephalopathy using small and large animal models of concussion’, led by Professor Robert Vink (CIA) from the University of Adelaide ($475,640); and (ii) ‘Immediate cooling and decompression for the treatment of spinal cord injury: pilot safety and feasibility studies’, led by Dr Peter Batchelor (CIA) from the University of Melbourne ($581,561)
- A Booster Grant of $300,000 for 2014-2016 from the Defence Health Foundation for work to reduce alcohol-related incidents in Navy trainees as part of The Alfred’s P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth) program
- Co-investigator status on a Convergence Science Research Award of $US500,000 funded by the U.S. Department of Defence’s Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program entitled ‘US Army Medical Research and Material Command and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Centre’ for 2014-2017 (CI: M Weiner).
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Neurosurgery research projects
Find out more about some of the research currently being conducted by The Alfred's Neurosurgery department.