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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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Why genetically profile a glioma? by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A couple of weeks ago I met with representatives of Castle Biosciences regarding their proprietary gene expression profile assay for glioblastomas, called DecisionDx-GBM ... Read on »
Best Post of May 2012: New Study Looks at Head Impacts in Youth Football 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 May 14, 2012: We neuropathologists, and society as a whole, have spent a lot of time over the last couple of years ret ... Read on »
Robert Scully Has Died by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A message just received from neuropathologist David Louis, Pathologist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital: Dr. Robert E. Scully Dear ... Read on »
Netter Pituitary Hormone Illustration by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you're delivering a lecture on the pituitary gland, you might find this illustration useful to include in your PowerPoint presentation Read on »
IDH1 Mutations in Oligodendrogliomas: PNA-clamping PCR is best analytic method by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This is just out from a Korean group headed by Dr. Se-Hoon Kim publishing online in Brain Pathology Although direct sequencing of mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 ... Read on »
Dramatic meningioma manifestations by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Orbitocranial extension of meningioma Massive cranial extension Nasal extension of meningioma Massive fron ... Read on »
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 »