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The Neurosurgery Department is committed to research and education. Refer to publications below from department staff:

Associate Professor James Van Gelder
University of Sydney

Associate Professor James van Gelder collaborates with the Department of Biomedical Engineering (University of Sydney) to identify real world clinical problems and solutions. The research involves use of laboratory methods, manufacturing techniques and mathematical modelling.  This collaboration allows direct application of biomedical innovations to clinical neurosurgery.


Long-term reliability of endoscopic third ventriculostomy
D Kadrian, J Van Gelder, D Florida, R Jones, M Vonau, C Teo, W Stening, ...
Neurosurgery 56 (6), 1271-1278

Computed tomographic angiography for detecting cerebral aneurysms: implications of aneurysm size distribution for the sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios
JM van Gelder
Neurosurgery 53 (3), 597-606

Is postoperative intensive care unit admission a prerequisite for elective craniotomy? Clinical article
JQH Bui, RL Mendis, JM Van Gelder, MMP Sheridan, KM Wright, ...
Journal of neurosurgery 115 (6), 1236-1241

Estimating the annual rate of de novo multiple aneurysms: three statistical approaches
JJY Cheong, N Ghinea, JM van Gelder
Neurosurgical focus 17 (5), 1-8

Clinical experience with the low pressure Novus valve in the treatment of adult hydrocephalus
CCW Chong, J van Gelder, M Sheridan
Journal of clinical neuroscience 9 (5), 539-543

Clinical experience with the low pressure Novus valve in the treatment of adult hydrocephalus
CCW Chong, J van Gelder, M Sheridan
Journal of clinical neuroscience 9 (5), 539-543

Colloid cyst of the third ventricle in opposite sex, non-twin siblings
JM Van Gelder, JE Dahlstrom, RLG Newcombe
Journal of clinical neuroscience 5 (2), 207-209

Meta-analysis and use of tests of heterogeneity in neurosurgery
JY Cheong, JM Van Gelder
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 17 (2), 163-167

A probabilistic and interactive decision-analysis system for unruptured intracranial aneurysms
N Ghinea, JM van Gelder
Neurosurgical focus 17 (5), 1-8

Subdural haematomas complicating insertion of the low-pressure Novus hydrocephalus valve: A simple method for intra-operative testing of the anti-siphon device
CCW Chong, JM van Gelder
Journal of clinical neuroscience 13 (7), 759-762

Assessment of imaging techniques for intracranial lesions: Positron emission tomography versus magnetic resonance spectroscopy
S Gopinath, RG Beran, T Sachinwalla, M Sheridan, J Van Gelder, JM Chu, ...
NEUROLOGY 56 (8), A248-A249

The neurosurgery workforce in Australia and New Zealand: a report
JM van Gelder
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 4 (2), 271-272

Omprakash Damodaran


  1. What neurosurgeons need to know about dabigatran?. Dwyer C, Damodaran O et al. Asian J Neurosurg. 2015 Apr-Jun; 10(2): 66-8
  2. Primary intracranial haemangiopericytoma: Comparison of survival outcomes and metastatic potential in WHO grade II and III variants. Damodaran O, Robbins P, Knuckey N, Bynevelt M, Wong G, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Apr 9.
  3. Clinical management and survival outcomes of gliosarcomas in the era of multimodality therapy. Damodaran O, van Heerden J, Nowak AK, Bynevelt M, McDonald K, Marsh J, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Mar; 21(3): 478-81.
  4. Cranial nerve assessment: a concise guide to clinical examination.
    Damodaran O, Rizk E, Rodriguez J, Lee G. Clin Anat. 2014 Jan;27(1):25-30.
  5. Microscope in modern spinal surgery: advantages, ergonomics and limitations.
    Damodaran O, Lee J, Lee G. ANZ J Surg. 2013 Apr;83(4):211-4.
  6. Neurosurgical issues related to bevacizumab use in the management of glioblastoma Damodaran O, Nowak et al. Neurosurgery Quarterly .25(2): 255-259, May 2015
  7. Bevacizumab related remote intracranial haemorrhages after glioma resection: a cautionary note regarding the safe cessation period. Damodaran O, van Heerden J, Nowak A. Neurosurgery Quarterly. 24(3): 167-169, August 2014.
  8. Preoperative sclerotherapy using sodium tetradecyl sulphate (fibro-vein™) can assist in the management of vertebral hemangiomas. Damodaran O, McAuliffe W, Wong G, McCloskey E, Lee G. Global Spine J. 2012 Sep; 2(3): 169-74.
  9. Glioneuronal tumour of the fourth ventricle: Surgery complicated by cerebellar mutism in an elderly patient. Damodaran O, Robbins P et al. Neurosurgery Quarterly .2013 May; 23(2): 122-126.
  10. Balamuthia amoebic meningoencephalitis and mycotic aneurysms in an infant.
    Hill CP, Damodaran O, Walsh P, Jevon GP, Blyth CC. Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Jul; 45(1):45-8.
  11. Primary malignant melanoma in the anorectum: an uncommon cancer.
    Damodaran O, Morgan A, Mendelsohn G.N Z Med J. 2008 Mar 14; 121(1270): 66-8.
  12. Unusually large cystic meningioma in a pregnant patient: A case report. Damodaran O, Khalessi A, and Darwish B, McKecknie .The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery. 2008; Vol 5(1).
  13. Delayed Cranioplasty: Outcomes Using Frozen Autologous Bone Flaps. Hng D, Bhaskar I, Khan M, Budgeon C, Damodaran O, Knuckey N, Lee G. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2015 Sep;8(3): 190-7.
  14. Malignant cerebral oedema following cranioplasty. Honeybul S, Damodaran O, Lind CR, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 May.

Raoul Pope

Pope R, van Gelder J. Sensitivity and Specificity of CT-Angiography in the detection of
Intracranial Aneurysms. Aust.NZ J Surg 2000; 71: (Suppl.) 68

Armadzahda S, Pope R. Metastatic Melanoma to the Spine. eBook Chapter. Melanoma
Institute of Australia, Edition 1 2013

Ahmadzada S, Pope R, Stalley P. Melanoma Skeletal Metastases. eBook Chapter. Melanoma
Institute of Australia, 1st ed, July 2013

Tim Wang and Raoul Pope. Diagnostic utility of selective nerve root blocks. ANZ J Surgery
2014: 84 (Suppl. 1)