Headshot portrait of Crystal Chen - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Richard Jaffe (Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine)

“The Protective Effects of Mild Intraoperative Hypothermia during Revascularization Surgery for Moyamoya Disease”

Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare, cerebrovascular disorder in which arteries at the base of the brain become blocked, leading to stroke. MMD requires careful intraoperative management to preserve brain function during surgical revascularization to restore cerebral blood flow. With the guidance of Drs. Jaffe, Burbridge, and Heit, Crystal aims to determine the effectiveness of mild hypothermia for cerebral protection from acute intraoperative ischemia. Crystal is analyzing various characteristics of patients and their magnetic resonance imaging scans, comparing the outcomes of normothermic and hypothermic intraoperative management.