Murat Günel Named Stuart Rowe Lecturer

Murat GünelPittsburgh, September 13, 2017 -- Murat Günel, MD, Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Genetics at Yale University and chairman of the school’s Department of Neurosurgery, has been named the honored guest for the 2017 Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day set for October 4 at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Günel, who is also the director of the Yale Program in Brain Tumor Research, co-director of the Yale Program on Neurogenetics, and executive director of genomic medicine in the Yale Center for Genomic Analysis, is an expert in treating complex brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and brain tumors.

His landmark genomic research has revealed the genetic risks for brain aneurysms, mutational landscape of brain tumors, and a multitude of genes fundamental in cortical development. He led the largest international genome wide association studies of intracranial aneurysms, identifying several susceptibility genes.

Dr. Günel’s lab, through multiple international collaborations, identified several genes mutated in malformations of cerebral cortical development. His more recent work has focused on the identification of genetic causes of brain and central nervous system tumors. His has been published in several prestigious scientific journals including Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics and Cell

The Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship and Resident Research Day is a day set aside for showcasing research activities in the field of neurological surgery. During this day, a series of talks are presented by department residents, each spotlighting a topical research issue relevant in the field. These talks are followed by discussion moderated by Dr. Günel. He will follow this discussion with a special lecture of his own. Dr. Günel will also select a "Best Presentation" award, presented at a special reception held in his honor later in the evening.

This spotlight on research was a principle first emphasized by Stuart Niles Rowe, MD, the first formally-trained neurosurgeon to practice in Pittsburgh. Rowe is widely considered the founding figure of neurosurgery training in the city, establishing the base of what would later become the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery. Rowe believed that neurosurgery training should not only teach exceptional technique, but also the critical clinical decision-making skills necessary to succeed. He preached the underlying need for thorough literature review and independent research as a means for broadening clinical knowledge.

Lectures will be held in the department’s main conference room located at B-400 in UPMC Presbyterian. Resident lectures begin at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Günel’s lecture slated for 4:00 p.m. A complete list of all lectures will be announced as they become available.