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Dr. Julie Pilitsis was the first neurosurgeon in the world to implant the newest MRI-safe spinal stimulator leads for pain. Watch the WNYT story here

The Center for Neurosciences and Neuropharmacology at Albany Medical College held its first local Brain Bee competition in February of 2016. The Brain Bee is an opportunity for high school students ages 13-19 interested in neurosciences to network with other students and local researchers in the neuroscience field, and  to compete amongst their peers for a chance to attend the Regional Brain Bee Competition. For more information, please visit the Albany BrainBee website or email us at

Yoga for Parkinson's Disease Patients
The yoga class promotes relief from common issues associated with Parkinson's Disease. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Learn More

A new 32-contact spinal cord stimulation surgical lead may reduce lower back pain. At the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, discussed patient responses.

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Parkinson's patient benefits from Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is a procedure performed in order to help control movement disorders related to Parkinson's disease. It is known to improve quality of life for patients who can no longer find relief from prescribed medications. This was the case for Tom Bradley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease over a decade ago. Learn about Tom's story and how Neurosurgeons and Neurologists at Albany Medical Center helped Tom improve his quality of life and feel more like he did before he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Read the Times Union article .

Albany Med is the first facility in the nation to implant the latest spinal cord stimulator for pain relief.

Dr. Julie Pilitsis performed the procedure and stated, "We are excited to be the first to offer these advanced capabilities to our patients suffering from chronic pain, in hopes of giving back their quality of life." Learn more about this exciting medical advancement at Albany Med.

Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery at Albany Medical College, will serve as co-principal investigator on a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an MRI-guided robotic system that could offer safer, more accurate treatment options for patients with brain tumors. Read more on page 4 of Albany Med Today - October 2013.

Moving Forward Together : Albany Medical Center's Movement Disorders Newsletter. This newsletter provides information about deep brain stimulation and helpful tips for Parkinson's disease patients.

Learn about the Movement Disorders Center at Albany Medical Center .This newsletter provides information about deep brain stimulation, introduces the movement disorders team, and provides contact information.

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Archived Newsletters

Fall 2013
New Therapies in Endovascular Neurosurgery, Deep Brain Stimulation, Cranial Base Surgery