App designed in Milwaukee to help with brain surgery

Freeman Staff

Oct. 4, 2017

MILWAUKEE — An app developed by a Medical College of Wisconsin neuropsychologist and university student programmers will map how the human brain functions during “awake” brain surgery.

Designed and built in Milwaukee, NeuroMapper app was developed in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s App Brewery.

“Tumors can sometimes involve or be near important brain areas that control movement, vision, and cognition or our thinking abilities, so it is critical for the neurosurgeon to be able to identify and, if possible, avoid removing these areas to minimize risk to the patient,” said David Sabsevitz, PhD, a board certified neuropsychologist practicing at Froedtert Hospital and an associate professor of neurology at MCW.

NeuroMapper is a tablet-driven testing system that contains multiple sensory and cognitive testing paradigms based on current standards of practice and studies of brain functioning and neurological samples Sabsevitz, who developed NeuroMapper in partnership with UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery, specializes in such cognitive mapping during awake brain surgery. Froedtert Hospital has been using NeuroMapper since early this year. It is now being used at three other U.S. academic medical centers.

NeuroMapper is the latest tool produced by the partnership between UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The partnership offers UW-Milwaukee students in computer science, information studies and graphic design experience in developing new medical solutions, using basic programming.