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The Sackler Brain and Spine Institute

Dr. Matthew Fink and Dr. Philip Stieg

Thanks to a generous gift from the Mortimer Sackler Foundation, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has created the Sackler Brain and Spine Institute at its East 68th Street facility. The new Sackler Brain and Spine Institute brings together neurological surgery, neurology, and all the related medical fields a patient might need when being treated for a disease or condition of the brain or spine.

Children’s Brain Tumor Project Researcher Awarded 3-Year DoD Grant

Yujie Huang, PhD

Yujie Huang, PhD, has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Department of Defense for a research project investigating how children’s brain tumors progress. Dr. Huang, who works in Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield's pediatric neuro-oncology laboratory, will be working on “Characterizing and Targeting Bone Marrow-Derived Inflammatory Cells in Driving the Malignancy and Progression of Childhood Astrocytic Brain Tumors.”

Dr. Grunert Takes First Place in Basic Science at MINS

Dr. Peter Grunert

Dr. Peter Grunert, spine fellow, was recently awarded the first-place award for best basic science abstract and presentation at the annual meeting of the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Society (MINS).

Sports on the Brain

Tickets are now available for a five-session course, “Neuroscience of Sports: Your Brain in Action,” to be presented at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday evenings at 6 pm starting September 16, 2013.

Neuropsychologist and Cognitive Remediation Specialist Amanda Sacks, Ph.D., Joins the Faculty

Dr. Amanda Sacks

Dr. Philip E. Stieg, Chairman of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, has announced that Amanda L. Sacks, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, has been appointed to the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sacks is a neuropsychologist who specializes in cognitive remediation for deficits caused by traumatic brain injury; brain tumors and cranial surgery; chemotherapy and radiation; and stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions and events.