Cornell Collaborations: Our Partners in Ithaca

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Collaboration is the key to innovation, and the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center has forged strong collaborative ties with Cornell University's BioMedical Engineering Department in Ithaca. The partnership has yielded the following studies:

Roger Härtl / Larry Bonassar
Awarded a $100,000 NFL Charities research grant for their collaboration on tissue engineering for spinal disc degeneration. More about bioengineered discs.

Theodore Schwartz / Chris Schaffer

  • Awarded an R21 from the NIH to fund "Femtosecond laser transections to halt seizure propagation."
  • Awarded two grants for the same study ("Femtosecond Laser Ablation to Understand and Control Cortical Epilepsy").
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery 2-year grant, $134,000
  • Johnson & Johnson Cornell 1-year seed grant, $50,000

More about Dr. Schwartz's epilepsy research.


Mingrui Zhao & Theodore Schwartz / Chris Schaffer & Nozomi Nishimura
Awarded a $50,000 Cornell intercampus seed grant to map excitatory and inhibitory neural activity in focal neocortical seizures.More about Dr. Schwartz's epilepsy research.

Minah Suh / Peter Doerschuk
Awarded a $250,000 Sandia National Laboratory 5-year grant for "Epilepsy: Physiological Models and Inference Based on Optical Imaging"

Minah Suh & Theodore Schwartz / Peter Doerschuk
Project: Improving surgical planning for the treatment of cortical epilepsy and contributing to the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms underlying the spread of the seizure.

Michael Kaplitt / Moonsoo Jin & Taehyun Park
Awarded a $75,000 Neurologix 2-year grant for "Developing Adeno-Associated Virus with Modified Capsid." More about Dr. Kaplitt's research laboratory.

Susan Pannullo / Michael Schuler & David Putnam
Awarded a $10,000 Weill Cornell New York Brain Tumor Project 1-year grant for: "New Drug Delivery and the Use of Novel Polymeric Structures for the Treatment of Malignant Gliomas." More about the Weill Cornell Brain Tumor Project.

Yves Pierre Gobin / William Olbricht
Project: Developing microfabricated catheters for testing neuroprotectants during stroke.