The NIH grant has funded the development of a physiological brain atlas registry that will
allow us to significantly improve the data collectioin and use of physiological data into a
normalized brain volume. This initially was used to improve DBS implants for Parkinson's
Disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, and OCD, but now includes data acquired during all
stereotactic brain procedures.
To create a brain atlas that will allow physiological and clinical information to be assigned
to anatomical locations in MRI space, utilizing non-rigid MRI normalization algorithms. These
data will specifically be acquired from the population of patients undergoing stereotactic
2. To collate and analyze the brain data placed in the atlas in a statistical manner that
allows doctors to understand and treat brain disease more precisely and based on population
data. For example, this would allow surgeons to predict optimal targeting locations for DBS
implants, neurologists to program implants based on multiple physiological variables,
including pre-operative severity of disease, intraoperative neurophysiological observations,
and post-operative responses to previous therapies in a larger population of subjects.
3. To allow precise relationships to be visualized in one anonymized MRI volume, which can
lead to new findings across larger populations of subjects in the field of brain science.
4. To locate all the data in a HIPAA compliant, anonymized location that clinicians and
researchers can access securely without compromising personal healthcare information (PHI).
1. 1. Patients who have consented to undergo or have undergone a stereotactic brain
procedure for any reason will be asked to participate in this study.
2. Permission from the patient will be sought to allow the entry of all related data to be
entered into the atlas database. Specifically, this includes any and all related
pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative clinical, radiographic, and
psychologic testing done for the purposes of the surgery.
3. The data must be entered in a confidential fashion and secured within a section of the
database that can be accessed only by persons authorized to view patient healthcare
information (PHI). Persons authorized to enter and view individual PHI must have taken
and passed the CITI certification and presented documentation of this credential to the
IRB study investigator (Dr. Konrad) or his Clinical Trials Specialist (Melba Isom).
4. Access to individual patient data within the database can be done through a secure login
linked to the person's qualifications to access PHI. The list of authorized persons
(such as treating physicians and members of the surgical team) will be determined by Dr.
Konrad and updated at least on an annual basis within the database by Dr. Dawant or Dr.
D'Haese. Drs. Dawant / D'Haese will be responsible to ensure that PHI is physically and
virtually secure within the atlas database.
5. Once in the database, patient identifiers will be codified and not accessible for any
queries outside of those certified in step 3. Non-patient specific information can be
analyzed, sorted or queried in response to specific statistical questions by any
investigator of the research team or authorized person, as designated by the database
developer (Dr. Dawant) or his designee.
6. Data contained within the atlas will be analyzed and regularly reported to members of
the Atlas research team regarding accurate display and representation of the data.
7. Clinical and physiological data will continue to be entered for every subject who
consents to participate in this study for the duration of their care.
8. If subjects no longer wish to have their data tracked within the atlas, they can call
the study coordinator (Melba Isom) and have their name removed from any further data
collection from the time of notification forward. All previously collected data will
still be accessible and not expunged from the database.
9. We plan to recruit 5,000 patients from Vanderbilt and participating sites.
- All patients who are recommended for Stereotactic Brain procedures
- Any patient who has agreed to undergo a Stereotactic Brain procedure
- Patients age under 6 -90 years old
- Patients who fail recommendation for Stereotactic Brain procedures
- Patients not consented for Stereotactic Brain procedures
- Patients outside the age range of 0 -90 years old
- Patients or legal guardians not able to provide informed consent
Peter E Konrad, MD, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, Dept. Neurosurgery
Peter E Konrad, MD, Ph.D.