The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Grant Recipient Publishes Research Article

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Research concludes that Advanced 3T MR can successfully image brain tissue around implanted titanium aneurysm clips.

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“The publication of the article by Dr. Ellmore is evidence that with funding, significant advances can be made to improve outcomes for individuals with a brain aneurysm,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has announced the publication of a research article by Timothy Ellmore, Ph.D, an instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. The article, titled Artifact Quantification and Tractography from 3T MRI After Placement of Aneurysm Clips in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patients¸ was published in BMC Medical Imaging on November 19, 2011

Dr. Ellmore was a 2010 recipient of the Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research Grant, a $25,000 grant awarded by The Brain Aneurysm Foundation for his research on Imaging Neurocognitive Sequelae of Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysms.

His research, as published in BMC Medical Imaging, concludes that that Advanced 3T MR can successfully image brain tissue around implanted titanium aneurysm clips at different spatial ranges, depending on the sequence type. White matter pathways near clip artifacts can be reconstructed and visualized. These findings provide a reference for designing functional and structural neuroimaging studies of recovery in aSAH patients after a clip placement.

Each year, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards grants to clinicians conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. In 2011, The Foundation awarded $160,000 in grants to eight individuals across the United States.

“The publication of the article by Dr. Ellmore is evidence that with funding, significant advances can be made to improve outcomes for individuals with a brain aneurysm,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “The generous donations of our supporters allow us to support research being undertaken across the country. Ultimately, we hope to understand why a brain aneurysm develops and be able to identify those at risk before it ruptures.”

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year about 27,000 people in the U.S. will suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of the victims will die and of those surviving, only a third will recover without disabilities. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hopes to improve these tragic statistics and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org.

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