Neurosurgical Research in Leeds...

Leeds has a strong tradition for pioneering neurosurgical research and there are numerous active projects within the department.

Some of the current and recent research projects are detailed below:




Design: A NIHR funded, multicentre, Phase III, individually randomised controlled trial comparing two procedures, Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy (PCF) versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy (ACD) (FORVAD Trial).

Inclusion criteria: Aged ≥18; Unilateral cervical brachialgia secondary to nerve root compression for at least 6 weeks; Single or 2-level nerve entrapment; Postero-lateral disc& /or foraminal narrowing; Failed conservative management; consent.

Exclusion criteria: Cervical disc causing cord compression; Cervical myelopathy; Previous cervical spine surgery; Skin disease on surgical sites (e.g. eczema).

Primary outcome: Change in Neck Disability Index (NDI) at 12-months post-surgery.

Chief Investigator: Mr Simon Thomson
PI for Leeds: Mr Senthil Selvanathan

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INterNational study on Odontoid frActure Treatment in the Elderly

This is a multicenter international trial to prospectively assess surgical versus conservative treatment of type 2 and 3 odontoid fracture. Please find attached the patient information sheet and consent form.

The consultant liason for this study is Mr Senthil Selvanathan.

Download the INNOVATE patient information sheet

Download the INNOVATE consent form

Photodynamic Therapy for Pituitary Tumours

This research project was started over ten years ago and is now reviewing the long term results. There are no current opportunities to join this study as a new patient but previous patients are currently under surveillance.

The consultants involved in this research are Mr Simon Thomson and Mr Ian Anderson



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