Research Activities

Michael Levy, M.D.

Dr. Levy’s areas of research include advanced surgical techniques and technologies, neural stem cells, malignant pediatric brain tumors and traumatic brain injury.

His primary pursuit is advancing the development of new technologies such as robotic and three-dimensional endoscopes, and high-definition 3-D monitors for intra-operative use. He continues to work with partner companies to develop true stereoscopic endoscopes, is assisting in the development of 3-D displays for the operative setting and is investigating potential uses for intra-operative CT imaging.

In collaboration with Alex Kharazi M.D, Ph.D., in the Department of Research and Development at Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc., Dr. Levy has examined the potency of neural stem cells to assess the potential clinical applications in central nervous system diseases.

As a co-investigator with Donald Durden, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute), he is working on developing in-vivo models for malignant pediatric brain tumors and the role for PTEN and PI-3 kinase in CD15+ cancer stem-cell dependent medulloblastoma therapeutics.

As a co-investigator with Mingxiong Huang, M.D., (professor, UC San Diego Department of Radiology) and Roland Lee, M.D., (professor, UC San Diego Department of Radiology) he is evaluating whole-brain MEG slow-wave imaging for detecting abnormalities in amateur and professional athletes with mild traumatic brain injury.