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Fall 2009

Editorial: Leading a New Era in Interdisciplinary, Translational Research

Centralizing oncology investigations facilitates collaboration and opens the door to better treatments for many debilitating neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

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Delivering Comprehensive Care for MS Patients

Therapeutic and symptom management decisions for multiple sclerosis patients demand measured, individualized analyses. Clinicians at specialty centers have time to weigh concerns, the multidisciplinary expertise to comprehensively address patient care and the systems to work collaboratively with referring physicians.

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Standardization Helps Radiologists Contribute More to MS Care

Imaging is central to the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Standardizing protocols while taking advantage of state-of-the-art imaging technology can improve clinical insights.

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Visual Imaging Expands Clinical Vision for MS

In MS patients, obtaining clear images of the retina can amplify findings from a complete clinical, social and personal evaluation, and enable clinicians to follow patients without waiting for them to decline neurologically.

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Case Study: Awake Language Mapping Facilitates Total Resection of Insular Glioma

A 32-year-old woman's seizure and subsequent MRI revealed a large, insular tumor deep beneath her frontal temporal lobe. Neurosurgeon Mitchel S. Berger, MD, conducted awake, brain mapping to identify sensory and motor function in the eloquent cortex, and then surgically navigated that map to successfully remove the tumor.

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Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Frontotemporal Dementia

About 60 percent of frontotemporal dementia cases seen at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center have been diagnosed as something else. Multidisciplinary assessments — which include physicians, pharmacists, nurses and social workers — enable treatment plans that embrace the full range of factors that can help in managing the condition.

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Radiosurgery or Open Surgery for Epilepsy (ROSE) Trial

UCSF is leading a research study to compare the outcomes of radiosurgery versus temporal lobectomy as a treatment for temporal lobe epilepsy. Patients 18 years and older who have seizures that begin in their temporal lobe and are not controlled with medications may be offered entry into the trial.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Physician Liaison Service

The UCSF Physician Liaison Service provides assistance and information to referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. Please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit www.ucsfhealth.org/health_professionals/make_a_referral/.

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395
Email: referral.center@ucsfmedctr.org

Transfer Center

The UCSF Transfer Center is open 24 hours daily to coordinate the transfer of your patients to UCSF Medical Center from hospitals throughout the region.

Phone: (415) 353-9166
Fax: (415) 353-9172