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Dr. Brian M. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Neuropathology
Springfield, Illinois
Asst. Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield, IL) Departments... Full Bio
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A 32-year-old HIV+ male presenting with mental status changes by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health  Soon after admission, the patient lapsed into a coma and died. Minimal edema (brain weight: 1500 grams) Some hypoxic-ischemic damage as ... Read on »
Microcystic meningioma in the frontal lobe of a 57-year-old female by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health When confronted by giant, pleomorphic nuclei among rather non-meningothelial cells, as depicted below, the neuropathologist given a specimen purported to be a benign meningi ... Read on »
Best Post of the April 2012: Photomicrographs of spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 case by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from April 26, 2012. It's a follow-up from a prior post in which I showed the gross finding from the same case of spinocerebe ... Read on »
DecisionDx-GBM: Should every glioblastoma patient be getting this test? by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health What does the neuropathology community think of DecisionDx-GBM ? This is a product offered by Castle Biosciences , based in Phoenix, AZ. DecisionDx-GBM is a gene expre ... Read on »
Best Post of March 2012: Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6 autopsy photographs by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from March 19, 2012: On the left is the brain of an 82-year-old patient with a diagnosis of spincocerebellar ataxia, type 6 ... Read on »
A case of renal cell carcinoma metastatic to a meningioma by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A 74-year-old woman with a history of a seizure disorder had been followed for several years with a stable and unsymptomatic left parasagittal dural-based brain tumor presum ... Read on »
Does anyone recognize this guy at his recent Oberlin College 50th Reunion? by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Thanks to the ever-vigilant Dr. Mark Cohen for providing this photograph. Read on »
Start packing your bags: Next AANP meeting is in Charleston, SC by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists will be held June 20-23, 2013 in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Place Hotel . ... Read on »
Best Post of February 2012: Eberhart questions glial-to-endothelial transdifferentiation in... by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from February 24, 2012. To read the comments engendered by Dr. Eberhart's question, go to the original post . I'd like to sh ... Read on »
"Chasing The Dragon": A Cause of Toxic Spongiform Leukoencephalopathy by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health My favorite case from the 2012 AANP Diagnostic Slide Session in Chicago last month featured an autopsy slide from the brain of a 25-year-old man with a history of polysubs ... Read on »
The Intrepid Dr. Mike Lawlor reports on job opportunities discussed at recent AANP meeting by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Here's a report from Michael Lawlor, MD, PhD summarizing the job opening updates that came out of last weekend's AANP annual meeting in Chicago. I have updated the job l ... Read on »
AANP 2012: Dr. Michael Norenberg talks about the multifunctionality of astrocytes by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health  Dr. Norenberg on "Why the Brain Fails when the Astrocyte Ails" The University of Miami's Michael Norenberg is currently talking about the functions and ... Read on »
Neuropathologists party hard at this evening's AANP annual reception by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health L to R: Drs. Heather Sumner and T. David Bourne Drs. Mark Cohen, T. David Bourne, and Mahtab Tehrani L to R: Drs. Edward St ... Read on »
AANP's "Special Course" is Underway by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I am currently in attendance at the American Association of Neuropathologists Annual Meeting special course entitled Acquired Neuropathology in a Changing World. A crowd ... Read on »
Yasser Lopez: A Modern-Day Phineas Gage by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Above is an x-ray released yesterday by Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida depicting a spear entering the head, traveling through the brain, and piercing the o ... Read on »
Best Post of January 2012: The area postrema is not the only area where the BBB is lacking by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series comes from January 9, 2012: I'll paraphrase a question posed by one of my 2nd-year students at Southern Illinois University Sch ... Read on »
2,000 players unite in suing NFL over head injuries by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health CNN reports today that a unified lawsuit on behalf of more than 2,000 National Football League players has been filed against the league in federal court, alleging that th ... Read on »
Best Post of December 2011: Naegleria-tainted neti pots possibly killed two people by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Naegleria fowleria (photo courtesy of Dr. Mark Cohen) The next in our Best of the Month series is from December 16, 2011: Now that it's winter and our no ... Read on »
National Baseball Park Tour Raises Awareness of PSP by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The Shea's at AT&T Park in San Francisco CurePSP is an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). A member ... Read on »