This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center in New York City. He is also a Leon Levy Research Fellow at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute. Dr. Cisse earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Bard College. He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He did his residencies in neurological surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is on the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center and at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute. Dr. Cisse was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA, and his answers are below.
This month the PNA Medical Corner showcases an article co-authored by longtime PNA member Dr. George Chrousos. The study looks at the ways early life stress manifests itself in brain changes and poor health, even decades later.
On April 12, 2019 the PNA participated in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) first joint Physician/Patient Education Course, Update on the Treatment of Pituitary Diseases: Emerging Therapies, hosted at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center in Manhattan, New York City. The morning began with Breakfast hosted by MSKCC and proceeded to a full morning of information packed sessions pertaining to pituitary medicine. Eliza Geer, MD, Medical Director of MSKCC’s Pituitary & Skull Base Tumor Center did a session on Medical Therapy for Cushing’s and Ongoing Clinical Trials that gave the latest information available. As well, Shlomo Melmed, MD, ChB, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Medical Faculty & Professor of Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center gave a compelling presentation on pituitary diseases. An international authority on pituitary medicine, he also spoke of the importance of being treated by experts in pituitary medicine in hospitals with pituitary centers, and he had research data to back it up.
Sometimes the first line of defense fails when it comes to pituitary disease. An article in Newsday tells the story of a young cancer researcher in New York, who experienced vision problems and saw an optometrist, but the symptoms persisted. Then she pushed to find out the real cause, and doctors discovered a pituitary brain tumor. Read more here: https://www.newsday.com/news/health/cancer-researcher-leah-banks-1.29427143
Photo caption: Cancer researcher Leah Banks persisted until she finally got a correct diagnosis for her pituitary brain tumor. Photo courtesty of Danielle Silverman
Knowledge is power and we believe keeping abreast of news on the research front is imperative. Each month in Highlights we feature a few of the top news stories, which you can read below. In addition, we update our website on a regular basis with the latest breaking news related to pituitary and hormonal disorders by gathering stories we think you'll be interested in from MD Linx, Medscape, MedPage Today, PubMed, Touch Endocrinology, News-Medical.net and WebMD.
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