Expert Speakers: Dr. Bryn Martin and Dr. Mark Luciano
Topic: Perspectives on Chiari Biomarkers from a Bioengineering and Neurosurgical Viewpoint
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Dr. Bryn Martin is an Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering at The University of Idaho Department of Biological Engineering. From 2012-15, Dr. Martin served as the first Director of the Conquer Chiari Research Center at the University of Akron. He completed his post-doctoral training from 2009-2012 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFLLaboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Technology. He completed a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago focused on the biofluid mechanics of cerebrospinal fluid flow in central nervous system disorders (syringomyelia and Chiari malformation).
Dr. Martin’s research interests include neurohydrodynamics of craniospinal disorders, intrathecal drug delivery, cardiovascular hemodynamics, in vitro and numerical modeling of cerebrospinal fluid, medical technology and devices. He is currently a principle investigator and co-investigator for a number of clinical research studies employing MRI, cerebrovascular ultrasound and medical instrumentation. When not in the lab, Dr. Martin’s free time is enjoyed writing music and taking walks with his family.
Dr. Luciano is board-certified in general neurosurgery and in pediatric neurosurgery. He is Head of Congenital and Pediatric Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Pediatric Neurology Center at Cleveland Clinic. His patients are children and adults with neurological congenital anomalies, hydrocephalus, cerebral cysts, tumors, craniofacial anomalies, tethered cord, Chiari malformation and cerebral palsy.
Dr. Luciano also directs the Neuroendoscopy and CSF Disorders program. He has an established clinical program, research and educational work in neuroendoscopy, a form of minimally invasive neurosurgery. Dr. Luciano has directed Cleveland-area, national and international courses in neuroendoscopy and has developed new techniques in minimally invasive neurosurgery.
As a result of his recognized leadership in hydrocephalus, Dr. Luciano has been on the National Hydrocephalus Association advisory board and has appeared in the local and national press and television including the Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day, and the Today Show.
In addition to national publications, peer-review and editorial activity, Dr. Luciano is an internationally invited speaker in neuroendoscopy, hydrocephalus and pediatric neurosurgery. He was the “Brahm Prakash Memorial Orator” in New Dehli, India, and has been invited as visiting professor and speaker in India, China, Egypt and Europe. He has initiated an international cooperation between Cleveland Clinic and Peking Union Medical Center in Beijing, China, for education in neuroendoscopy. In addition, he has served as host and thesis mentor for international MD research fellows from Egypt and Sweden.