3rd year student with The Department of Neurosurgery / Psychiatry.
Surgical resection of brain tumours improves survival, but only if function is maintained. Maximising resection while minimising harm is complicated by poor delineation of the tumour and limitations in mapping brain function. I led a pilot study that demonstrated how connectomics – a contemporary method to map ‘brain wiring diagrams’ – could create a protocol for connectomics-assisted surgery, and was subsequently awarded funding as a Principal Investigator for CAESER: Connectomics and Electrical Stimulation for Augmenting Resection. This longitudinal study will assess if connectomics can provide feedback during surgery on particular resection margins that improve patient recovery rates and cognitive and functional outcomes.