Clinical Research

Dr. Jenkins is reviewing multiple clinical projects looking at new ways to treat many different types of spinal problems.

  • Minimally Invasive treatments for Spinal Tumors
    – Minimally invasive decompressions and reconstructions of the spine
    – Minimally invasive tumor resection and treatment with brachytherapy
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion techniques
  • Clinical outcomes from treatment of degenerative spinal conditions
  • Novel treatments for Spinal Tumors
  • Predictive factors for the diagnosis of pseudo-arthrosis after surgical fusion of the spine
  • Novel treatments for different therapies
  • Cost-effectiveness and improvements in intra-operative imaging techniques
  • Routine use of intra-operative monitoring to prevent neurological injury

Basic Science Research at Mt. Sinai

Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory
This lab will develop treatments that will ultimately be used on paraplegic and quadriplegic spinal cord injured patients. Our goal is to develop a model where the subjects are able to utilize their otherwise unresponsive limbs. We will use an analysis of the electrical activity of the motor cortex and using the latest in microelectrode technology electronically bypass the spinal cord lesion. This will essentially create an electronic nervous system and reconnect the nerves that are still functional (but not in communication with the brain) in the patients’ extremities. This use of electronic implants is also known as neural prosthetics, and allows us to take advantage of advances in computer technology, surgical techniques, and our understanding of the nervous system. Our goal is to make these patients fully independent.

We will be posting results only after they are publicly presented to the medical community for peer review.

Basic Science Research at Brookhaven National Laboratories

Synchrotron Research Facilities
Dr. Jenkins collaborates with Dr. Avraham Dilmanian and Dr. Stanislaw Sobotka in developing new treatments for acute spinal cord injury using extremely high intensity focused beams of radiation to treat, by reducing the scar formed that blocks normal neurological recovery mechanisms. This innovative research project hopes that someday we are able to treat those whose injuries would today be deemed hopeless.

For more information, or to make a donation to support the research going on in the lab, please contact Dr. Jenkins.