Lab Overview & News


We at Neurosurgical Research Advancement Laboratory (NEURAL), advance the field of neurovascular, neurosurgery and neuromodulation by pioneering innovative and minimally invasive endovascular and neurosurgical approaches.  By using cutting-edge catheter and imaging technologies, we are dedicated to find new treatments for complex neurovascular and neurosurgical diseases such as stroke, aneurysms, glioblastoma and neuropathic pain. As a truly multidisciplinary research team, our work lies at the intersection of the fields of cerebrovascular surgery, neurological, neurosurgical oncology, neuroengineering, and molecular biology.

In addition, we are available as a service center for an array of research and proof-of-concept studies. We work very closely with the Animal Resource Center’s veterinary staff to ensure smooth and efficient operation of protocols and research studies. We offer a complete fluoroscopic suite equipped with a state-of-the-art Siemens Cios Spin 3D system. To inquire about our services or have any questions, please email


March 31, 2022 - We would like to announce that our NIH-funded research was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  Congrats to our collaborative teams at UTHealth, NeuroConnect and Rice Engineering!  We are excited to further develop this technology here at UTMB Neurosurgery!

January 16, 2022 - Congratulations to Aaron and Viren for outstanding presentations at the SNRC 2022.  A Special Congrats to Viren for winning Best Presentation in the Vascular Division!

January 8, 2022 - Congratulations to Aaron Luna and Viren Vasandani for getting their abstracts accepted for virtual presentations at the 4th Annual Student Neurology & Neurosurgery Research Conference.  This event will be hosted by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on January 15, 2022.  Great job, guys!