Department Seminar

Bioengineering opportunities and unmet needs for treating traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

Speaker Details:

Rajiv Saigal
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
UW Medicine

Lecture Details:

March 30, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Foege N130A, Wallace H. Coulter Seminar Room


Both traumatic brain and spinal cord injury (TBI and SCI) involve a primary mechanical trauma and well-elucidated secondary injury mechanisms.  In spite of this knowledge and promising pre-clinical data, multiple clinical trials have failed to demonstrate benefit for human patients.  This talk will review some of the challenges and unmet needs for treating these complex injuries. There is a growing body of literature on bioengineering approaches for treating TBI and SCI.  We will review promising approaches and opportunities for collaboration at UW.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Saigal is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at UW. In addition to general neurosurgery, he specializes in complex spine surgery, including spinal cord injury, neurotrauma, spinal deformity, spinal tumors, and minimally invasive techniques.  Dr. Saigal completed neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and spine surgery fellowships at Scripps (San Diego) and at the University of Miami.  Prior to UCSF, Dr. Saigal completed a PhD in medical engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and an MD at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He also has a B.Sc. with highest honors in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark. He is the recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching, and leadership, including the Boldrey Young Investigator Award, UCSF Neurosurgery Research and Rosegay awards, National Science Foundation and Whitaker Graduate Research Fellowships.