Neurology & Brain Tumor Translational Research

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Doctors and people from all over the world turn to Aurora Health Care for our brain tumor expertise. Our research, which includes using a variety of advanced technologies, aims to make care safer and more effective. Whether you are coming to us from eastern Wisconsin or around the globe, our research will help people gain access to a wide variety of treatment options.

Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute

Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute is fully dedicated to improving the lives of people with a brain tumor. Our team includes one of the world’s top neurosurgeons along with cancer experts and neuroradiologists at the leading edge of brain tumor care.

Find out more about Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute research program.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Neuroanatomical lab: Set up just like an actual surgery suite with more than $1.4 million in surgical and imaging equipment, our lab allows researchers to examine brain tissue in exquisite detail. These resources help us study complex procedures from start to finish.
  • A world’s first in neurosurgery technology: Aurora was the first program in the world using a new robotically operated video optical telescope for complex surgeries. The scope uses 3-D imaging and a GPS-like system to guide surgical instruments. The entire procedure takes place through a dime-sized opening. Find out more about our minimally invasive approach.
  • Stem cell bank: At Aurora, brain tumor tissue is a precious asset. Stem cell researchers are unlocking clues about how tumors grow. This information is helping us find new ways to prevent and treat brain tumors. Read more about stem cell and regenerative medicine.


    Neurology and Brain Tumor Translational Research

    Translational research uses new scientific knowledge to improve care for neurological disorders and brain tumor care. We are bringing new treatments to people faster than ever, thanks to our full-circle approach.

    This approach includes:

    • Bench-to-bedside research: We are exploring the biological processes that give way to neurological disorders like the spread of cancer throughout the body through laboratory studies (bench research). This research lays the foundation for developing new treatments and care methods.
    • Bedside-to-bench research: This form of research takes questions that arise while providing care and brings them back to our researchers. For example, we are exploring ways to use cancer-fighting drugs in unique combinations to give people with brain tumors access to more treatment options.

    Our Research

    Brain Tumor Research Projects

    A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue within the brain. Even if the tumor is not cancer, brain tumors can grow large enough to compromise normal brain functioning. This is why we are working to improve brain tumor care.

    Translational research uses scientific knowledge to make existing brain tumor treatments and technologies better. Our team has a special interest in using technology to make treatments more precise than ever before.

    Our research interests include:

    • Expanding our knowledge of complex brain structures: The resources of our neuroanatomical lab allow us to study brain tissue in ways that have previously not been possible. This information helps us safely remove deep-seated tumors that have previously been considered inoperable. Find out more about neurosurgery.
    • Awake craniotomy: Before surgery, we map out the precise location of nerve fibers controlling critical functions like speech and movement. We use special technology to access and remove the tumor without disrupting these areas. To assure the highest level of accuracy, many people are awake for the procedure so we can conduct testing in real time. Read one person’s experience: Brain gain.
    • Bedside-to-bench projects: Our doctors are designing research studies that use existing treatments in new ways. This work includes using drugs to fight breast cancer that has spread to the brain, which is very difficult to treat.
    • Helping people avoid new symptoms after surgery: Our research is exploring how brain tissue “settles” after tumor removal surgery. In some people, the brain settles in ways that cause new symptoms, like headaches and trouble walking. Our goal is to prevent these complications in the future.

    How to Participate

    Find out more about ways to participate in research.

    Become a Research Sponsor

    You can sponsor original research or clinical trials.

    Make a Donation

    Your donation can help fund critical research or help to develop new medical products.

    Collaborate With Aurora

    Bring our expertise and data to your research program.