Cancer Intelligence Connects Patients to Providers in Real-Time
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by Guest Author
4d ago
As her tumor swells, a new cancer intelligence platform brings Cynthia Herrera closer to her care team at Pacific Neuroscience Institute® (PNI) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. A cancer patient shares her story Despite a shocking cancer diagnosis in 2013 — a defining moment that signaled the start of countless doctors’ appointments and treatments — Cynthia Herrera has remained determined to keep her life and attitude intact. For nearly a decade, Herrera has fought back a relentless sinonasal tumor, identified as olfactory neuroblastoma. Her care team at Pacific Neuroscience Institute ..read more
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PNI Founders’ Message 2023
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by Daniel F. Kelly
2w ago
Welcome to 2023! At Pacific Neuroscience Institute®(PNI) we achieved many milestones in 2022 and continue to make positive impacts in neuroscience clinical care, research, and education. PNI grows, thrives, and receives notable recognition With PNI Medical Group’s continued growth and expansion across Southern California Providence, we were fortunate to recruit our first Chief Administrative Officer, Christopher Cosgrove, MBA, who joined PNIMG in September 2022. Our Providence Saint John’s Health Center (Santa Monica) and Little Company of Mary (Torrance) clinic locations thrive, serving pati ..read more
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PNI Scientists Explore Using Psychedelics to Treat Alcohol, Drug Disorders
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by Guest Author
1M ago
Psilocybin and many other psychedelics are broadly prohibited under federal law. But US researchers at the PNI’s Pacific Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) program have been legally scrutinizing their use in a score of clinical trials. Read the latest feature of the TRIP program in the Los Angeles Times. Melanie Senn’s father, long dead, appeared to her as she lay back in the dimly lit room at the Santa Monica clinic, a mask over her closed eyes, and the psychedelic trip began. More precisely, it was his thumb. It was disembodied and huge, materializing in her mind to wipe away he ..read more
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PNI Study Links Muscular Strength and Mobility to Brain Health
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by Guest Author
1M ago
SANTA MONICA, Dec. 19, 2022 – Results from a clinical research study co-authored by physicians and scientists at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute® (PNI) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center indicate a correlation between two modifiable risk factors – muscular strength and mobility – and brain atrophy among persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers quantified the relationship between a patient’s frailty and brain structure, and discovered that higher handgrip strength and mobility were related to larger brain volumes on the MRI scans of research participants, a marker of brain he ..read more
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The Practice of Neurosurgery – Guest Podcast | Dr. Daniel Kelly
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by Anthony Effinger
1M ago
The Think Neuro podcast from Pacific Neuroscience Institute takes you into the clinic, operating room and laboratory with doctors and surgeons who are tackling the most challenging brain diseases and disorders. Host: Anthony Effinger Subscribe: Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Simplecast Watch: YouTube Episode 35: Show Notes In this episode of the High-Tech And Neuro Disorders (HAND) podcast from undergrad students at UCLA, hosts Jacob and Hugo interview world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Kelly, director and one of the founders of P ..read more
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Clinical Trial Results for World’s First Glioblastoma Vaccine
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by Amelia Garrison
1M ago
Renowned neuro-oncologist Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, is one of the authors of a phase 3 trial that found that the use of an autologous tumor lysate-loaded dendritic cell vaccine (DCVax-L) added to the standard of care (SOC) treatment of both newly diagnosed glioblastoma and recurrent glioblastoma extended survival of patients. In a groundbreaking study, the clinical trial results from the world’s first vaccine to treat glioblastoma were published today, November 17th, 2022, by the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology. Co-authored by Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, renowned neuro-on ..read more
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PNI Publishes First-Ever Paper on Psychedelics in Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology Literature
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by PNI Experts
1M ago
After a decades-long pause, psychedelics are once again being investigated for their transdiagnostic treatment potential. Discover the future of psychedelics in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology with experts from Pacific Neuroscience Institute ® (PNI). Our team at Pacific Treatment & Research In Psychedelics (TRIP) Program in Santa Monica, California, is happy to share their recent paper in Neurosurgery: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Psychedelic Science: A Review and Perspective on Opportunities in Neurosurgery and Neuro-Oncology. This is the first such article published in the ..read more
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PNI Receives Nation’s Highest Doctor Awards 2023
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by Amelia Garrison
2M ago
A total of 30 Pacific Neuroscience Institute® doctors, that’s 3 out of 4 PNI Medical Group physicians and PNI affiliated physicians, received a Super Doctor or Rising Star award. What is a Super Doctor Award? Super Doctor Awards recognize top healthcare providers for outstanding excellence in their area of focus. These awards are the highest-ranking doctor awards in the nation. Less than 5% of doctors in a state or region make the list annually.  The evaluation involves an extensive review of a physician’s years of experience, fellowships, board certifications, publications, lectures, hon ..read more
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Breaking Barriers for Brain Tumor Research
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by Amelia Garrison
2M ago
Board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Garni Barhoudarian, MD, opened the American Brain Tumor Association’s BT5K walk and run event in Los Angeles on November 5th, 2022. The annual event promotes brain tumor awareness and support for patients and their families. PNI’s expert neurosurgeon Garni Barkhoudarinan, MD. Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI) was a proud sponsor of this special event for brain tumor patients and their loved ones on Saturday, November 5th, 2022, at Hahamonga Watershed Park in Pasadena, California. The event was one of many brain tumor 5K events planned thro ..read more
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6 Brain Health Tips to Conquer Your Travel Anxiety
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by Brianna Rauchman
2M ago
Why does traveling cause so much anxiety? Discover why your brain prefers to stay home, and how to overcome your traveling fears with memory and cognitive experts from PNI’s new Lifestyle Program. Unfamiliar environments. Physical fatigue. Confusing plans. New languages. Traveling is one of life’s greatest thrills, but for those predisposed to panicking, vacations may trigger unwanted anxiety. Did you know that our minds naturally avoid the unknown? Your amygdala – the part of your brain that responds to threats – releases fight-or-flight hormones at the first sign of chaos. Partnered wit ..read more
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