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Neurosurgical Research

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Neurosurgical Research survivors and how research saves lives.

Neurosurgical Research survivors and how research saves lives.

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  • 1. Neurosurgical Research Foundation Established 1963
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  • 3. The Foundation supports research into the cause, prevention & treatment of diseases and injuries of the brain, spine and nerves.
  • 4. Without research, there can be no advances in prevention or treatment.
  • 5. Areas of Research
    • Brain Tumours in Adults and Children
    • Head and Spinal Injury
    • Aneurysms
    • Brain Haemorrhage
    • Stroke
    • Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
  • 6. Brain Tumours Each year, about 400 brain tumours are diagnosed in Australia. The causes are largely unknown .
  • 7. Christopher was found to have a rare, deeply placed benign brain tumour, of a type found mainly in young children.
  • 8. It was successfully removed and he is considered “cured”.
  • 9. Out of the 400 patients 25 will be children under 15 years. Brain tumours are the second most common cancer in children after Leukaemia.
  • 10. Missy, aged six, was found to have a brain tumour. Though benign, it was life threatening, and was removed urgently.
  • 11. When Missy was eight, a second brain tumour was diagnosed. This was thought to be a re-growth of the first tumour. Complete removal was achieved.
  • 12. Ryan was found to have clival chordoma, a rare tumour growing at the base of his brain. Urgent operation was required, however complete removal was impossible .
  • 13. The bulk of the tumour was removed in a 16-hour operation. Ryan had to go to Boston, USA, for proton beam treatment, which is not available in Australia.
  • 14. Anna diagnosed with a brain tumour a Grade II / III Astrocytoma
  • 15. After radiotherapy and chemotherapy Anna was told that the tumour was stable which was the best she could ask for .
  • 16. Anna’s tumour has shrunk. “Whilst not cured I never give up hope, be positive and just believe!”
  • 17. Head injuries are common in all ages in Australia, particularly in young males. More than 2000 people die each year from head injury. Head Injury
  • 18. Jane suffered a severe head injury at the age of nine when she was hit by a car on her way home from school.
  • 19. Jane was unconscious for many weeks and slowly recovered to resume her schooling.
  • 20. Jane’s courage and expert paediatric rehabilitation helped her to overcome severe incoordination.
  • 21. Research Every Medical Wonder is the result of Medical Research .
  • 22. Neurosurgical advances in tequniques and knowledge are saving more lives.
  • 23. Neurosurgery saves lives everyday, Medical Research saves lives of the future.
  • 24. Aneurysms Blow-outs on brain arteries may burst, causing brain haemorrhages in about 1 in 10,000 people. Many are fatal.
  • 25. Tina had a ruptured aneurysm behind her left eye. Urgent neurosurgery saved her life.
  • 26. Tina is alive today only because of the removal of the aneurysms. Aneurysms can happen at any time, no one is exempt.
  • 27. Bethwyn has twice owed her life to neurosurgery. In 1987, she recovered from one aneurysm and in 1994 from a double aneurysm.
  • 28. Bethwyn believes she owes her life to the skill of her neurosurgeon and not least her faith in God.
  • 29. Di underwent life saving neurosurgery for a ruptured blood vessel.
  • 30. “ If it wasn’t for neurosurgery, I would not have my gift of life and my children would not have had theirs.”
  • 31. Subdural Haemorrhage Ongoing research is essential to ensure recovery from brain haemorrhages without death or loss of quality of life.
  • 32. Zia survived an acute subdural haemorrhage when she was 28 weeks pregnant.
  • 33. Neurosurgeons operated to remove the blood clot and a caesarean section was done to save her baby.
  • 34. Zia leads a normal life, Dylan is a healthy boy and Zia went onto have another child Taylah and she no longer takes anything for granted.
  • 35. The NRF works to reduce the risks of death or disability from diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord.
  • 36. Stroke Currently only about 1 in 5 stroke victims survive.
  • 37. Paul was at home with the family when suddenly he lost his coordination and collapsed. His wife suspected a stroke and an ambulance was called.
  • 38. Paul was fortunate, treatment began within 40mins of suffering the Stroke. Paul had to undergo four surgical procedures on his brain to remove blood clots.
  • 39. “ I am only alive today due to the skill of the neurosurgical procedures.”
  • 40. Until the 1960’s, babies born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) usually died from a built-up of fluid within the brain. Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
  • 41. Born with hydrocephalus and paraplegia from spina bifida, Sammy underwent a successful shunt operation to drain fluid from her head. She has been able to go to school.
  • 42. Sammy later developed weakness of her arms and her breathing, from another malformation. Neurosurgery saved life her again.
  • 43. Sian & Bronwen, beautiful and talented A grade high school students and aspiring musicians, both have spina bifida. Sian can walk today – thanks to neurosurgery.
  • 44. Bronwen has hydrocephalus and also spinal cysts. Bronwen is alive and active today – thanks to neurosurgery.
  • 45. Other Areas of Research
        • Stroke
        • Epilepsy
        • Parkinson’s Disease
        • Alzheimer’s
        • Back Pain and Sciatica
        • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • 46.
    • Fortunately we are sharing some of the happy stories and results of neurosurgery.
    • However there are unfortunately many sad stories without successful recoveries.
    • We are striving every day to make a difference and to create more happy stories.
    • With successful outcomes mean more lives saved.
  • 47.
    • Donations to the NRF are directed to neurosurgical research.
    • Research is done in Australian Universities and teaching hospitals.
    Neurosurgical Research Foundation
  • 48. Your donations help us to continue to support vital life-saving research.
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