President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative
and American Innovation
President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
Message from the Honorable Congressman James Moran; 2013 Pioneer in Healthcare Policy award Recipient
SBMT awards James Moran, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th Congressional District, the 2013 Pioneer in Healthcare Policy award. The video is his acceptance speech of that award.
Ask the Experts/Latest Clinical Trials
Galaxy-Exploring Camera to Be Used in the Operating Room
Neurosurgeons and researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute are adapting an ultraviolet camera to possibly bring planet-exploring technology into the operating room.
Brain Mapping defined as: The study of the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord through the use of imaging (including intra-operative, Microscopic, Endoscopic and Multi-Modality imaging), Immunohistochemistry, Molecular & optogenetics, Stem cell and Cellular Biology, Engineering (material, electrical and biomedical), Neurophysiology and Nanotechnology.
11th Congress Opportunities
Topics covered by the SBMT Annual meeting
Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, NeuroEngineering, Neurology, Neuroadiology, Healthcare policy, Psychiatry
Click here to see the full list of topics
- Neurosurgery (e.g. Image Guided Therapy/intervention, brain tumors and intraoperative navigation, nanoneurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, minimally invasive therapy, vascular neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, neurotrauma/military medicine, surgical simulation…..)
- Neurology (e.g. Movement Disorders, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurooncology, Neuromodulation, epilepsy, autism, brain and spinal cord function….)
- Psychiatry (e.g. medical imaging for psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, PTSD…)
- Radiology (e.g. fMRI, PET, Nuclear medicine, MR SPEC, MR-PET, DTI, CT-PET, Focused Ultrasound, SQUID MRI, ultra high/low MRI…)
- Neuroscience (e.g. stem cell, molecular neuroscience, image guided mapping of genes, proteomics, genomics, neurophysiology,…)
- Neuroengineering (e.g. biomaterial & tissue engineering, human brain Machine Interface, brain and spinal cord devices, nanomedicine, extraterrestrial/space medicine & clinical practice, software engineering, electrical and material engineering, aeronautic engineering/space medicine and Radiation Physics/Oncology as well as robotics)
- Nano-Bio-Electronics (e.g. integration of Stem cell/cellular therapy with nanotechnology, medical devices and imaging)
- Spinal Cord (e.g. regeneration, stem cell, imaging, implants and biologics and imaging….)
- Policy (e.g. healthcare policy issues that affect the treatment delivery, and usage of certain devices/drugs/imaging technologies, FDA regulations and reimbursements, federal and regional regulation impacting healthcare delivery and research funding….)
Videos From Past Conferences
Massimo Fiandaca - 2013 Interview
Associate Professor, Research Track, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Medical Center
Admiral Matthew Nathan - 2013 Interview
Surgeon General, US Navy;
Chief, US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Kuldip Sidhu - 2013 Interview
10th President, SBMT
Associate Professor, Stem Cell Research, University of New South Wales
John McDonald - 2013 Interview
International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Maheen Mausoof Adamson - 2013 Interview
Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford CA
Jerry Myers - 2012 Interview
Bioscience and Technology Branch,
Space Processes and Experiments Division, NASA Glenn Research
Ken Green - 2012 Interview
Commander (DC) USN, Associate Director for Research Operations Integration, Naval Medical Research and Development Center-Frederick, Ft. Detrick
Antonio A.F. De Salles - 2012 Interview
Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology, Head of Stereotactic Surgery Section, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Deborah Zelinsky - 2012 Interview
Associate Professor of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Anatomy, & Psychology, Departments of Neurology & Rehabilitation, University of Illinois Medical Center & Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
J. Wesson Ashford - 2011 Interview
Director, War Related Illness
and Injury Study Center,
VA Palo Alto Health Care System,
Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences (affiliated),
Rafat Ansari - 2011 Interview
Bioscience and Technology Branch,
Space Processes and Experiments Division, NASA Glenn Research
Brain Mapping Day
at the US Congress
A Congressional Brief on the
state-of-the-art in Brain Mapping
Brain Research Day
at the Canadian Parliament
Endorsed Books written by Members of SBMT
Edited by: Babak Kateb & John D. Heiss
This is the first textbook ever published on the subject of nanoneurosurgery, which includes 40 chapters and 500+ pages of state-of-the-art information in the field of nanoneurosurgery. This textbook includes 130 contributors who have reviewed more than 3,000 articles in order to write this textbook.
The Programs of The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics
This includes national meetings, international meetings, and world congress. The world congress is the society’s annual meeting that invites prominent scientists and clinicians from all over the globe. Scientific Meetings are broken down into three categories:
SCIENTIFIC EXHIBITS & POSTERS
- Image guided therapy.
- R & D in brain mapping
- Intra-operative surgical planning.
- Clinical trials
SPECIAL FOCUS SESSIONS
- Governmental Regulation
- Government Education
- Patient Advocacy
- Healthcare Policy
- Funding Opportunities
STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Interdisciplinary Fellowships
- Student Travel awards
- Mentorship programs
The annual World Congress of SBMT is a multi-disciplinary forum designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary dissemination of technological and medical advances and scientifi c discovery.
Thus the attendees are mixture of neurosurgeons, radiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation medicine, cardiologists, pulmonologists, bioethicists, policy makers, government officials, engineers, physicists, graphic designers, allied healthcare professionals, healthcare executives, students, post-docs., residents and fellows.
SBMT annual meetings are world class scientific events designed to have a significant impact on cross-disciplinary flow of information and scientific advancements.
The student chapters are organized to promote and encourage multi-disciplinary research across disciplines. Universities with Student Chapters qualify for student travel award starting 2012.
SBMT fellowships are focused on interdisciplinary training of neurosurgeons, neurologists, radiologists and rehabilitation physicians, neuroscientists and engineers on diseases that has major Social impact such as Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, neuro-oncology and neurodegenerative diseases. The fellowships are design to apply state-of-the-art research through the study of biomedical science and cutting edge technologies to clinical problems. These scholarship are awarded to masters students, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral fellows.
Visiting Scholars Program
Visiting scholars program facilitates exchange of scientifi c investigators and policy experts with other countries and institutions through participating SBMT centers. The goal of the visiting scholar program is to develop collaborations between physical and biological sciences and address major policy issues relevant to the society.
Outreach programs including woman and minority in sciences and community awareness of new technology, science and medical advancements. This includes high school and college educational programs run through student chapters worldwide.
The Society has successfully published 3 special issues with NeuroImage. We have reached out to more than 50,000 scientists worldwide through our partnership with Elsevier in the last several years. Recently, SBMT partnered with PloSOne publishing giant to launch special Collection/publication called: NeuroMapping and Therapeutics (www.PloSOne.org ) PloSOne is one of the largest Open access Publishers in the world. We anticipate that we reach out to a larger audience of scientists through our partnership with PloSOne and surpass our outreach in last several years.
SBMT encourages support from private industry and provides industry with a forum to present their latest advances. The society recognizes the role of industry in translating cutting-edge research and technology into the market. SBMT is currently partnering with more than 100 multi-national corporations.
The society works actively with the representatives of various governments to leverage its resources and focus attention on healthcare issues through interdisciplinary collaborations. In the past SBMT scientific activities have been supported by government institutions such as UCLA-CNSI, TATRC, DVBIC, Canadian Research Council, NINDS, NCI and NIBIB.
In 2008 SBMT introduced formation of Science, Technology, Medicine and Law-Healthcare Policy (STML-Hub) to the US Congress and house of representative in order to establish a center for introducing technological and scientific advancements to the policy makers. The organization hoped that through this hub we could educate policymakers about the state-of-the-art science. This could help policy makers identify technologies, which could save cost, increase efficiency and better healthcare delivery.
SBMT is now working on a proposal to establish National Center for Nano-Bio-Electronics. The center will be focused on integration of nanotechnology, stem cell and cellular therapy and medical imaging/devices for the purpose of rapidly providing solutions for the wounded warriors and civilians with neurological disorders such as PTSD and TBI.
SBMT, in partnership with Brain mapping Foundation and other foundations is planning to provide seed grants to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. The purpose of these grants is to bridge physical and biological sciences and encourage cross disciplinary collaboration.
Global Physician and Scientist (GPS)
GPS is a humanitarian program, which is focused on mobilizing physicians, scientist and surgeons to serve for few weeks in the poor and rural areas of the United States and abroad. This program will collaborate with industry and government officials and will use the national and international SBMT centers as bases of operations. The program is designed to not only help alleviate healthcare disparities by bringing world class physicians to the poor areas but also help improve local economy through micro and neuroEconomics.