Collaborating researchers contribute their expertise to NeuroSim. These researchers often cover a wide variety of disciplines.
Visiting scientist and former Fellow at the Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre, MNI
Dr. Sabbagh, MBBS, FRCSC, is currently Director of the Neurosurgical Residency Training program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center and a member of the nationwide Neurosurgery Residency Training Committee at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. He was formerly an Assistant professor of Neurosurgery at King Saud University for Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, and a Pediatric and Epilepsy Neurosurgeon, at the National Neurosciences Institute (NNI), King Fahad Medical City (KFMC). He is collaborative researcher at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, Boucherville, Quebec, in addition to being a visiting scantest and fellow at Neurosurgical Simulation Research Centre. He is currently developing complex virtual reality simulation scenarios and related metrics and benchmarks with the help of the engineers, scientists and researchers in both institutions. Dr. Sabbagh coauthored and coedited four neurosurgery books: Neurosurgery Case Review (2009), Neurosurgery rounds (2011), Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade: Cranial (2013) and Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade: Spine and Peripheral Nerves (2014). He authored over forty articles and book chapters. Dr. Sabbagh has held several education and administrative positions in the past including; program director of neurosurgery residency training program at NNI, Chairman of the neurosurgery department at NNI. In addition he was an executive committee member and headed education and training in the Saudi Association of Neurological Surgeons. His latest responsibility was directing the scholarship and postgraduate administration at KFMC where he ran over 50 residency and fellowship programs. KFMC has an existing Neurosurgical Simulation Unit that he champions. The medical city is currently building a world-class simulation Institution, CRESNT (Center of Research on Education, Simulation and Training).
Areas of Interest: Health professions education, Virtual Reality Simulation for education aHealth professions education, Virtual Reality Simulation for education and assessment, epilepsy surgery and Pediatric and developmental Neurosurgery, History of Neurosurgery.
Neurosurgical virtual reality simulation metrics to assess psychomotor skills in the resection of intracranial tumor
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 10(5), 603-618 (May 2015).
Hamed Azarnoush, Gmaan Alzhrani, Alexander Winkler-Schwartz, Fahad Alotaibi, Nicholas Gelinas-Phaneuf, Valérie Pazos, Nusrat Choudhury, Jawad Fares, Robert DiRaddo, Rolando F. Del Maestro
Research Project Description
To develop and validate ex vivo, perfused, biological simulation models to be employed for assessment and training of students dependent on their level of surgical expertise. Basic surgical techniques can be used for the training of medical students and residents in postgraduate year one (PGY1). Intermediate surgical exercises are used for training of PGY2 and PGY3 residents. The focus of these systems will be the training of advanced microsurgical skills to PGY4-6 residents.
The creation of these hybrid biological models which compliment concurrent validity carried out by virtual reality simulator systems and operative surgery will be critical to the development of modern surgical simulation education.
Visiting scientist (summer 2015) and Fellow (August 2011 – August 2013) at the Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
Dr. Azarnoush received his PhD in engineering from McGill University. During his PhD studies he worked with the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He continued collaborating with NRC as a fellow at the Neurosurgical Simulation Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute.
During his fellowship, he worked on the novel concept of surgical skill assessment using NeuroTouch, designing simulation scenarios and novel performance metrics. This work laid the foundation for execution of several projects and a sequence of trials that have been reported in various articles.
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Sommer Christie’s doctoral research focuses on the how the brain and body are linked to performance. Specifically, her research explores, a) the psychophysiological profiles of elite performers (e.g., athletes and neurosurgeons) during performance, b) how EEG and other physiological parameters (i.e., heart rate, respiration rate, skin conductance, peripheral body temperature, and muscle tension) linked to the sympathetic nervous system stress response are related to performance, and c) whether biofeedback and neurofeedback training improves an individual’s ability to self-regulate physiologically (stress) and neurologically (attention), and therefore enhance performance.
Visiting Epidemiologist & Biostatistician