Basic Translational Research

Translational research at University of Maryland links fundamental neuroscience research to clinical applications. Laboratory research explores molecular mechanisms and techniques in cerebral edema, cancer therapeutic delivery, neuronal activation regulation, and neuro-regeneration. Efforts are led by Dr. J. Marc Simard, Dr. Graeme Woodworth, Dr. Alex Ksendzovsky, and Dr. Xiaofeng Jia in collaboration with the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) and the Greenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Clinical Research

The Department of Neurosurgery participates in multi- and single-center clinical trials for the management of stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral and intraventricular hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and focused ultrasound in treatment for essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, neuropathic pain, and glioblastoma.

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Clinical Research Staff

Charlene AldrichCharlene Aldrich, RN, MSN
Clinical Research Manager - Neurosurgery

  • Masters in Nursing
  • Coordinates and manages multiple neurosurgical research studies
  • Qualified in grant proposal writing and billing management


Kaitlyn HenryKaitlyn Henry, B.S., B.A.
Senior Research Project Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
  • Coordinates and manages multiple neurosurgical research studies