UCLA presents premiere of 3-D film 'The Brain and Beyond: The Future of Neurosurgery'
May 21, 2010
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At the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, journalists are invited to slip on a pair of 3-D glasses and enter the stereoscopic world of neurosurgery with "The Brain and Beyond: The Future of Neurosurgery" — the "Avatar" of the brain.
The film presents a tour of the future with UCLA neurosurgeons who are extending the lives of brain cancer patients with an innovative vaccine, programming robots to do brain surgery and make rounds with patients, and — in an operating room of the future resembling a 3-D IMAX theater — performing endoscopic, minimally invasive "keyhole" surgeries.
In addition to the film, the event will feature the following:
- Dr. Neil Martin, chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, will speak about the future of neurosurgery.
- Merging of man and robot: UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Nader Pouratian will "read minds" with an electrode cap and a computer-programmed speller and will use this brain wave–translating technology to move a prosthetic arm.
- RONI the robot, who usually does rounds in UCLA's neuro-intensive care unit, will make a rare appearance at the Brain Smart Food reception following the screening, where appetizers will be served that research has shown help grow brain cells, boost memory and improve the overall health of the brain.
- Neurosurgeons will demonstrate how they will soon forecast patient outcomes with the CRAY ICU supercomputer. They envision that medicine will make a seismic shift from a reactive to a predictive practice, and just like a weatherman forecasting a hurricane, they will be able to spot and treat a looming disaster in your immune system before you ever feel the symptoms.
6–8 p.m., Monday, May 24
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, B Level (map)
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095
Mark Wheeler, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-2265
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