See some of my

Published work

in various scientific journals

Creating Clinically Relevant Aneurysm Sizes in the Rabbit Surgical Elastase Model.

Belanger BL, Avery MB, Sen A, Eesa M, Mitha AP.  World Neurosurg. 2021 Jun 8:S1878-8750

Background: Creating aneurysm sizes in animal models that resemble human aneurysms is essential to study and test neuroendovascular devices. The commonly used rabbit surgical elastase model, however, produces saccular aneurysms that are smaller than those typically treated in humans. The goal of this study was to determine whether an increased vessel stump length and the addition of calcium chloride to the incubation solution has an effect on the resulting aneurysm size.

Conclusions: Creating larger aneurysms is necessary for the rabbit model to be more clinically relevant. Our study demonstrated that the utilization of a 3-cm vessel stump as well as both calcium chloride and elastase in the incubation solution results in aneurysm sizes that more closely resemble the population of aneurysms treated in humans.

A novel self-expanding primarily bioabsorbable braided flow-diverting stent for aneurysms: initial safety results

Jamshidi M, Rajabian M, Avery MB, Sundararaj U, Ronsky J, Belanger B, Wong JH, Mitha AP. J Neurointerv Surg. 2020 Jul;12(7):700-705.

Introduction: The advent of metal flow-diverting stents has provided neurointerventionalists with an option for treating aneurysms without requiring manipulations within the aneurysm sac. The large amount of metal in these stents, however, can lead to early and late thrombotic complications, and thus requires long-term antiplatelet agents. Bioabsorbable stents have been postulated to mitigate the risk of these complications. Here we present early data on the first self-expandable primarily bioabsorbable stent for aneurysms.

Conclusion: The design of self-expanding primarily bioabsorbable flow-diverting stents is possible, and preliminary safety data is consistent with a favorable profile in terms of mechanical behavior, hemocompatibility, side branch patency, and histological effects. Additional in vitro and long-term in vivo studies are in progress and will help determine aneurysm occlusion rates and absorption characteristics of the stent.

A Novel Parameter to Predict Supraclinoid Aneurysm Persistence After Flow Diversion with the Pipeline Embolization Device

Muram S, Eesa M, Belanger BL, Almekhlafi M, Goyal M, Morrish W, Wong JH, Gomez-Paz S, Akamatsu Y, Salem MM, Robinson TM, Moore JM, Thomas AJ, Ogilvy CS, Mitha AP. World Neurosurg. 2021 Jan;145:e216-e223.

Background: Aneurysm recurrence after Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) placement can be caused by oversizing of the stent as well as poor wall apposition, both of which can lead to elongation. The objective of this study was to assess whether a novel parameter for measuring device elongation based on two-dimensional imaging could be predictive for persistent aneurysm filling after treatment with the PED.

Conclusions: Our data suggest that a novel parameter based on two-dimensional angiography may serve as a rapid technique to measure device elongation and predict occlusion of supraclinoid aneurysms after PED placement.

Trigeminal neuralgia: An overview from pathophysiology to pharmacological treatments

Gambeta E, Chichorro JG, Zamponi GW. Mol Pain. 2020 Jan-Dec;16

The trigeminal nerve (V) is the fifth and largest of all cranial nerves, and it is responsible for detecting sensory stimuli that arise from the craniofacial area. The nerve is divided into three branches: ophthalmic (V1), maxillary (V2), and mandibular (V3); their cell bodies are located in the trigeminal ganglia and they make connections with second-order neurons in the trigeminal brainstem sensory nuclear complex. Ascending projections via the trigeminothalamic tract transmit information to the thalamus and other brain regions responsible for interpreting sensory information.

 

One of the most common forms of craniofacial pain is trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sudden, brief, and excruciating facial pain attacks in one or more of the V branches, leading to a severe reduction in the quality of life of affected patients. Trigeminal neuralgia etiology can be classified into idiopathic, classic, and secondary. Classic trigeminal neuralgia is associated with neurovascular compression in the trigeminal root entry zone, which can lead to demyelination and a dysregulation of voltage-gated sodium channel expression in the membrane.

Intra-arterial injection of mesenchymal stem cells to accelerate neointima formation after endovascular stenting in a rabbit model

Kapilan Panchendrabose, Sandeep Muram, Brooke L Belanger, Muneer Eesa, Mohammed A Almekhlafi, Mayank Goyal, John H Wong, Arindom Sen, Bijoy K Menon, Bryan Har, Alim P Mitha. 

J Neurosurg. 2022 Jan 28;1-8

 

Delayed neointima formation over a neurovascular stent is associated with thrombotic complications that can lead to stroke. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether an intra-arterial injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) after stent placement leads to improved neointima and reduced thrombus formation over the device.

 

The intra-arterial injection of MSCs after endovascular stenting accelerated early neointima formation but had no effect on thrombus formation in this study. Larger studies are required to verify these findings and determine the durability and mechanism of this effect.

Innovation in unruptured intracranial aneurysm coiling: At which price or efficacy are new technologies cost-effective?

David Ben-IsraelBrooke L BelangerAmin AdibiMuneer EesaAlim P MithaEldon Spackman.

Unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIA) are increasingly being treated by endovascular coiling as opposed to open surgical clipping. Unfortunately, endovascular coiling imparts an approximate 25% recanalization rate, leading to additional procedures and increased rupture risk. While a new health technology innovation (HTI) that reduces this recanalization rate would benefit patients, few advancements have been made. We aim to determine whether cost-effectiveness has been a barrier to HTI.

Cost-effectiveness does not appear to be a barrier to innovation in reducing the recanalization rate of UIA treated by endovascular coil embolization. Our model can now be utilized by academia and industry to accentuate economically feasible HTI and by healthcare payers to calculate their maximum willingness-to-pay for a new technology. Our results also indicate that predicting a patient's baseline risk of aneurysm recanalization is a critical area of future research.