Division of Emergency Neurosciences
The Division of Emergency Neurosciences (DEN) was developed in order to support local and national clinical trials research. This is a ED based consortium composed of physicians from Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging, Surgery, and Neurointensive Care. The program sponsors five full time Research Assistants to assist in recruitment and subject retention 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
The DEN supports active phase I and phase II studies, as well as phase III national clinical trials, such as: POINT, ProTECT III/BIO-ProTECT, iDef, ESETT, ATACH-II, and DEFUSE 3.
In 2017, the DEN has expanded to include research in general critical care and resuscitative medicine. Dr. Lisa H. Merck MD MPH was awarded grant funding as a PI for the SIREN | CORE-EM Hub Alliance, within the new SIREN U24 grant, NIH 1 U24 NS100673-01. SIREN establishes a large, multicenter emergency medicine clinical trial network for the next five years. The Network for Emergency Care Clinical Trials: Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) to support resuscitative research in cardiopulmonary, neurologic, and traumatic injuries will include 11 hubs nationationally.
This represents a tremendous effort of interdisciplinary collaboration within the Brown / Lifespan community, as well as with our national colleagues. The CORE-EM Alliance serves an encatchment area of over 53 million patients across centers from Rhode Island to Arizona.
The DEN works in concert with the RIH 3D Imaging Research Lab, Director, Dr. Derek Merck, to assess novel modes of image analysis and use of virtual reality in clinical research.
Figure created by Scott Collins, Diagnostic Imaging.
3D Imaging Research Lab, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Rhode Island Hospital
The RI Hospital Imaging Research and Education Service (HI-RES) and 3D Lab is a state-of-the-art, 1800 square foot, dry lab facility dedicated to medical image analysis and procedure guidance. The lab supports current research in neurological emergencies, such as cerebroventricular segmentation and 3D segmentation of brain hemorrhage related to TBI and stroke. The lab provides multiple high-end clinical and research workstations, it maintains a conference space with two 80” smart displays, and a computational research simulation and visualization bench within the hospital. The bench space is equipped with hardware and cameras for motion tracking, 3D capture, and stereo display. Imaging research workstations are set up with a variety of scientific software, productivity, design, and programing tools suitable for the AVA project such as Osirix, COMSOL Multiphysics, Matlab, SAS, SPSS, AutoCAD, ITK, VTK, ImageJ, Python, VisualStudio, Xcode, Office, and the Adobe Creative Suite. The lab provides primary workspace for 6 faculty, staff, and graduate student researchers.
Lisa H. Merck MD, MPH, FACEP
Principal Investigator, SIREN Network | CORE-EM Hub
Director, Division of Emergency Neurosciences | Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Diagnostic Imaging
MISSION: To facilitate interdepartmental collaboration, education, research, and the advancement of clinical care in neurological emergencies.
FACULTY AND AFFILIATED RESEARCH FACULTY:
Lisa H. Merck MD, MPH - Director
Adam Chodobski PhD (Director, Neurotrauma and Brain Barrier Research Laboratory)
David Curley MD PhD
Sue Duffy MD (Pediatric Emergency Medicine)
Elizabeth Goldberg MD
Gregory Jay MD PhD
Leo Kobayashi MD (Director, Innovation and Research)
Tracy Madsen MD
Neha Rauker MD (Director, Division of Sports Medicine)
Matt Siket MD (Co-Director Stroke Center)
Dale Steele MD (Pediatric Emergency Medicine)
Joanna Szmydynger-Chodobska PhD (Neurotrauma and Brain Barrier Research Laboratory)
Brian Zink MD (Professor & Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine)
Heather Rybasack-Smith MD (Resident)
Michael Prucha MD (Resident)
Elise DiBella PA (Neurocritical Care)
Shawna Cutting MD (Neurology)
Karen Fisher NP (Neurocritical Care)
Karen Furie MD MPH (Professor & Chair, Neurology)
Richard Garstka NP (Neurocritical Care)
Laura Lambiase PA (Neurocritical Care)
Nicholas Potter MD (Neurocritical Care)
Ali Saad MD (Stroke)
Jo-Ann Sarafin RN NP (Neurology)
Bethany Sheahan NP (Neurocritical Care)
Brian Silver MD (Co-Director Stroke Center)
Christina Thibault NP (Neurocritical Care)
Bradford Thompson MD (Director, Neurocritical Care)
Linda Wendell MD (Neurocritical Care)
Shadi Yaghi MD (Stroke)
Ziya Gokaslan MD (Neurosurgery)
Deus Cielo MD (Neurosurgery)
Petra Klinge MD PhD (Neurosurgery)
David Frim MD PhD (Neurosurgery, Univ of Chicago)
Wael Asaad MD PhD (Neurosurgery)
Stephanie Lueckel MD (Trauma Surgery)
Clinical Research Program Supervisor
Erin Bushey MS
Kristin Basso BSN, MA
Karina Bertsch MSW
Ashley Schomer MS
Hye In Sarah Lee
Derek Merck PhD (Diagnostic Imaging, Director of Computer Vision and Image Analysis Research)
Trey Crisco PhD
Susan D’Andrea PhD (Veteran’s Administration)
Brian Murphy MD (Director, ED Radiology)
Mahesh Jayaraman MD (Interventional Radiology)
Ryan McTaggart MD (Interventional Radiology)
Daniel Levine MD
Harry Selker MD MPH (Tufts)