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Neurosurgery and Tech R&D

MilesDavisTheDoctor

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What sort of opportunities are available for neurosurgeons in R&D when it comes to things like neuroprosthetics, DBS and other techy stuff involved with the brain? Are the only guys working on this stuff at the tippy top of acadamia or are more people involved with this than I'm aware of?
 
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What sort of opportunities are available for neurosurgeons in R&D when it comes to things like neuroprosthetics, DBS and other techy stuff involved with the brain? Are the only guys working on this stuff at the tippy top of acadamia or are more people involved with this than I'm aware of?

Lots of opportunities for this type of work. You may see the well known academic expert as part of the effort but there are tons of opportunities for those in private practice, community-based, and people just starting out in academics.
 
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Mortal_Lessons

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What would this sort of involvement would this look like in a non-well known expert academic setting/ in PP or the community?

The most straightforward way to get involved is to incorporate new technology in your practice. Inevitably, you will be exposed to salespeople from different companies and from there you can work to improve the product by joining design committees and providing feedback or pursuing industry sponsored research...
 

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Are there specific residencies / fellowships relating to these topics that anyone knows of? I'm trying to plan ahead.

Many large academic departments have infolded time for fellowships where you can pursue these topics. The following one is one of the most famous examples that neurosurgeons have participated in but is targeted towards all specialties:
 

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The most straightforward way to get involved is to incorporate new technology in your practice. Inevitably, you will be exposed to salespeople from different companies and from there you can work to improve the product by joining design committees and providing feedback or pursuing industry sponsored research...

How competitive are research scientist positions at companies like Medtronic, Boston Scientific, or St. Jude Medical etc? The goal would be a physician scientist role as a neurosurgeon with at least 50% protected time.
 
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