New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Recovery from Brain Injury

NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published on-line in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The study suggests that the use of eye tracking technology may be a potential biological marker for assessing brain function and monitoring recovery for patients with brain injuries. Led by Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, chief of neurosurgery at New York Harbor Health Care System and co-director of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury at NYULMC, the study looked at 169 veterans. Read more…


Early Adoption of Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation for Kidney Cancer Patients

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy—the recommended treatment for localized tumors—when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study. Researchers from NYULMC and elsewhere report that by 2008, hospitals that had adopted robotic surgery at the start of the current century (between 2001 and 2004) performed partial nephrectomies in 38% of kidney cancer cases compared to late adopters (2005 to 2008) who performed partial nephrectomies only 24% of the time. Read more…