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Neurosurgery Research


Biotechnology and Applied Technology Translation Laboratory

Mark Preul, MD
Newsome Endowed Chair of Neurosurgery Research
Barrow Neurological Institute

Laboratory Focus

  • Perform testing and development with companies or other institutions producing and developing new medical technology with support of cadaver tissue and animal surgery.
  • Direct conferences, smaller courses and teaching sessions, corporate-sponsored functions, or Barrow neurosurgery department events held at national and international meetings.
  • Focus and coordinate efforts in neurosurgery research at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Plan, supervise, coordinate, and expedite the research efforts of neurosurgery residents, fellows, and visiting scholars while on research rotations.
  • Conduct research projects with other departments including neurobiology, neuro-oncology, neurology, neurochemistry, neuroradiology, trauma, cardiology, cardiac surgery and pediatrics.
  • Support and collaboration with academic institutions, bioengineering, support for industry (small and large companies). 

Available Facility Services

  • 10-station surgery or cadaver teaching laboratory
  • Sterile operating suite
  • Dedicated endovascular surgery laboratory
  • Full performance and support for sterile animal surgery Individual training
  • Full cadaver tissue capabilities
  • Pre-clinical testing
  • FDA study support/product and technology testing in various disciplines
  • Complete cadaver preservation, cerebrovascular infusion, and anatomical dissection laboratory
Surgical Training

  • Cranial
  • Endoscopic
  • Spine
  • Cardiac
  • General Surgery
  • Pain Procedures
  • Endovascular Orthopedic


  • Operating rooms
  • Sterile surgery
  • Full operative instrumentation, including microinstrumentation and power instruments
  • Operating microscopes
  • Full operative physiological data recording

Laboratory Team Members

Neil Crawford, PhD
Principal Investigator
Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory

William Bichard
Clinical Coordinator

Tad Pecak, Mona Stewart, Loren Wagendorf, Ashley Maxson

Research Fellows, Graduate Students, Medical Students

Vivarium – Tim Martin, DVM, MBA and staff

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Located near the I-10 and I-17 Freeways, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is about a 20-minute cab ride from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and a 30-minute drive from Scottsdale Airport.

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Ashley Maxson
Phone: (602) 406-3268
Fax: 602-406-4153
Barrow Neurological Institute
St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center
Neurosurgery Research
350 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

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