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In just 10 years, Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s has grown to be the busiest lung transplant center in the United States, having performed more than 500 life-saving lung transplants to date. The team at Norton Thoracic Institute specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the lungs, chest or esophagus. Having earned a reputation for excellence and innovation in caring for patients with complex and difficult thoracic problems, Norton Thoracic Institute also conducts groundbreaking research and trains young physicians to improve outcomes for patients in Arizona and beyond.
Barrow recently announced a major breakthrough in concussion prevention and research that is changing the face of high school sports. The Institute has created the Barrow Concussion Network, the nation’s most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment and education program for young athletes. The network includes mandatory concussion education, voluntary pre-injury testing, post-injury medical resources to all Arizona high school students, and groundbreaking research on injured Arizona students. Arizona recently became the first in the United States to mandate all student athletes undergo concussion education and pass a formal test before play through a new program called Barrow Brainbook. The interactive education module is currently being evaluated for implementation in other states throughout the nation. The Barrow Concussion Network is a partnership between Barrow, A.T. Still University, the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Working with some of the world’s greatest magicians, two researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute are uncovering some of the mysteries of the mind. Harvard graduates Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde and Dr. Stephen Macknik have embraced the idea that solutions to brain disease may never be found in traditional methods. That’s why they turned to magicians like Penn and Teller to help them find answers. “If we are to make breakthroughs in terrible conditions like autism and dementia we must think outside the box and develop unorthodox science,” says Dr. Martinez-Conde. The researchers, who have spent seven years working with magicians, believe that by examining how the brain reacts to magic tricks like misdirection and sleight of hand, they will better understand the neural underpinnings of perception.