Department of Neurosurgery

October Neurosurgery Research News Updates

Dr. Steven Toms is the recipient of a new grant from one of our charitable partners, the Lura Cook Hull Trust. The funds will be used for his research study, “Attracting human DIPG cells using an in situ curing hydrogel releasing Lipocalin-2in growing cell lines.”

Muhammad Edhi MD, Research Coordinator for Dr. Carl Saab’s lab, has received a very prestigious 2019 Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA) from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), for his research titled, “An EEG-AI classifier of Chronic Pain.” The TPDA is a year-long professional development award program, awarded to 193 young researchers from around the globe who demonstrate scientific merit and excellence in their research. Awardees presented their research at Neuroscience 2019 in Chicago and include 114 graduate students, 71 postdoctoral fellows, and eight undergraduates representing 133 institutions across 30 different countries. SfN is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. He also received a Future in Neurological Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology and a one year scholarship from Harvard Medical School to attend their Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program.

Dr. Jared Fridley has been accepted into the Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program at Brown University. The program trains only 10 highly qualified junior faculty for activities related to the development of a successful research career. It specifically prepares them for applying for individual, extramural career development awards (NIH K series or equivalent), that will ultimately advance health in Rhode Island and beyond.

Dr. Petra Klinge has received a Carney innovation Award from the Brown University Carney Institute for Brain Science, to fund her research, “New Biomarkers for Neurodegenerative Diseases.”


Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory

Muhammad M Edhi

Clinical Research Coordinator