Prof Lind has been active in neurosurgical research since he was a third year medical student at Otago University. He started working under Assoc Prof Samir Bishara and Prof Grant Gillett on carotid endarterectomy and cervical spinal laminoplasty. As a neurosurgical resident and registrar in Auckland he studied surgical techniques for draining blood clots and began his interest in stereotactic probe delivery with papers on accuracy of shunt placement for hydrocephalus. He spent a year full-time studying the effects of cell signalling molecules on brain tumour cells being cultured in the laboratory under the guidance of Prof Mike Dragnunow of the University of Auckland.
After graduating as a neurosurgeon at the end of 2006, Prof Lind started as a clinical academic studying the impact of statin medications on vasospasm after bleeds from aneurysms, aspects of head trauma, the accuracy of stereotactic deep brain stimulation surgery. He and his research fellows and students have studied how the posterior subthalamic area, targeted for Parkinson’s disease and tremor, influences eye movements, vascular control, limb biomechanics, psychological changes and glucose utilisation in other parts of the brain.
From 2010 he has been seconded to the University of Western Australia and continued clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease, tremor, Tourette’s syndrome and benign intracranial hypertension. He and his colleagues at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, UWA, Lions Eye Institute and University of Adelaide have studied brain mechanisms in pain, sensory changes after microdiscectomy, intracranial pressure estimation through measurements in the eye and microscope-in-a-needle technology to improve the safety of stereotactic sampling of brain tumours.
For a current list of publications search “Lind CR” on www.pubmed.com
Prof Lind’s research team, the Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group, has its lab and offices in the Sarich Neuroscience Institute opening in October 2016.
For more information about our research go to the Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group website www.neurofinity.org