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Remarkable stories related to brain research and surgery

Images of brain scans
Brain scans

This hour, we hear remarkable stories related to brain research and surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Neurosurgeons and neuroscientists at URMC’s Program for Translational Brain Mapping have created detailed structural and functional maps of the brains of patients undergoing surgery for brain tumors. The maps help surgeons avoid damaging important areas and connections in the brain. Most of these surgeries are done while patients are awake and responding to their medical teams. One patient even played the saxophone during his surgery.

This hour, we talk about advancements in the research, we preview an upcoming event geared at supporting it, and we hear a local woman’s experience with brain surgery and recovery. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.