When considering evaluation for neurological conditions, including a primary or metastatic brain tumor, some people consider research studies. Researchers at the Surgical Neurology Branch at the NIH are looking for patients with neurosurgical disorders, including primary and metastatic brain tumors, to participate in research studies.
Our research objectives are focused on advancing fundamental knowledge of neurosurgical disorders through data analysis from clinical evaluation and samples collected during routine clinical care. This study lets us evaluate people with illnesses of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, or pituitary gland for potential future research study participation. Participants are evaluated by providers with the Surgical Neurology Branch at the NIH. When indicated, standard of care surgery and/or other tests may be offered. Samples (tissues, blood, fluid, bone) are sometimes removed during surgery. We may study these samples to help us learn more about neurosurgical disorders, such as primary and metastatic brain tumors. There are over 120 distinct types of primary brain tumors, each with its own spectrum of presentations, treatments, and outcomes. Sometimes participants may be referred to another research study they may qualify for.