Dennis Alan Turner
Professor of Neurosurgery

Current clinical research interests include clinical trials regarding adaptive deep brain stimulation and gene therapy in Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, deep brain stimulation for depression, and sensory restoration for development of brain machine interfaces. Clinical treatments include deep brain stimulation, which is now a common procedure for treating Parkinson's disease and tremor. Basic science research interests focus on evaluation of metabolism changes with aging and Alzheimer's disease, particularly in response to ischemia and hypoglycemia, as well as epilepsy and seizure mechanisms as functions of both post-lesion injury and aging brain. These basic science interests include new approaches to optical imaging of the brain, cellular understanding of metabolism using direct substrate recordings (ie, oxygen, glucose, lactate) and developing new methods to understand complex interactions between neurons, astrocytes and blood vessels.  Further interests include changes in cerebral blood flow with stroke, neurovascular coupling, and spreading depolarization.

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