Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery Division

Overview

The Division of Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery is dedicated to the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders through interventions that target and modulate specific brain circuits to improve function and quality of life.  Many brain disorders are caused by the dysfunction of specific neural circuits, so applying the latest technologies to modify or repair activity in these circuits can reduce symptoms and restore functions in ways medicine alone often cannot.

Neurosurgical treatments such as deep brain stimulation, responsive neurostimulation, MRI-guided focused ultrasound and MRI-guided laser ablation are used to treat movement disorders, epilepsy, and intractable psychiatric disease.  In addition, novel applications of these technologies to treat cognitive and memory disorders are currently under basic and clinical study within the Brown Neurosurgery program.

Brown University has long been a leader in the basic neuroscience or brain function and in the clinical treatment of functional brain disorders.  Ever since Herbert Jasper developed the first EEG laboratory at Brown in the early 1930s, Brown University faculty have continued to pioneer new approaches to study and understand the human brain.  These advances include new applications of deep brain stimulation, the first-in-human testing of brain-machine interfaces, and machine-learning innovations to understand neural signals.  Brown faculty have elucidated the complex interplay of opposing neural circuits underlying Parkinson’s Disease, the basic mechanisms of frontal lobe function, and the mechanisms of precision motor control.  Our division works closely with world-leading faculty in Neuroscience, Neural Engineering, Cognitive Science, and Neuropsychology to better understand basic brain function, to reveal the mechanisms of brain disease, and to develop new, more effective therapies that improve lives.

Major centers and programs within this division include:

Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center 

Epilepsy Surgery Program

Psychiatric Neurosurgery Program 

Our Team

Director

Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Sidney A. Fox and Dorothea Doctors Fox Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Program
Director, Cognitive Neuro-physiology and Neuro-modulation Laboratory

Conditions We Treat

Movement Disorders

 

Epilepsy

Psychiatric Disorders

  • Intractable OCD
  • Intractable Depression (experimental)
  • Intractable Tourette’s Disease (experimental)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (experimental)

Research

Neurosurgery Department

The Neurophysiology & Neuromodulation Laboratory

Other Labs

Technology

Custom 3D-Printed Targeting Platforms

Deep Brain Stimulation

Focused Ultrasound

MRI Guided Laser Ablation

Neuromodulation for Epilepsy

Recent News

Can Brain Surgery Help Slow the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Expert Conversations: Responsive Neurostimulation for Epilepsy

Rapid motor fluctuations reveal short-timescale neurophysiological biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease

“Functional neurosurgery aims to restore quality of life to patients with a wide variety of chronic, debilitating neurological disorders.”

– Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

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