The chair of NSURG is Associate Professor Ralph Jasper Mobbs from the Neurosurgical Department of Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Notable affiliated surgeons and researchers include Professor Charlie Teo AM – Neurosurgeon Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney, and Professor William R Walsh – Professor of Surgical Orthopedic Research Laboratory (SORL), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
NSURG research focus is categorized into six categories:
- Using 3-Dimensional printing and technology, including patient-specific customized implants or surgical guides to improve surgical outcomes
- Morphometric and biomechanics analysis of the spine
- Medical wearable devices, using daily wearable devices (e.g. smartwatches, postural devices) to quantify patient progression/outcomes.
- New neurosurgical techniques, and systematic reviews/meta-analyses of current neurosurgical techniques; using systematic review and statistical meta-analyses to critically analyse the available literature.
- Stem cell studies of Spinal degenerative diseases
- Surgical techniques for brain tumors
- Lumbar interbody fusion: techniques, indications and comparison of interbody fusion options including PLIF, TLIF, MI-TLIF, OLIF/ATP, LLIF and ALIF (citation count up to Feb 2019: 160)
- Management of hydrocephalus by endoscopic third ventriculostomy in patients with myelomeningocele (citation count up to Feb 2019: 190)
- Spine interbody implants: material selection and modification, functionalization and bioactivation of surfaces to improve osseointegration (citation count up to Feb 2019: 77)
- Osteoinductive ceramics as a synthetic alternative to autologous bone grafting (citation count up to Feb 2019: 469)
- Plasma-sprayed titanium coating to polyetheretherketone improves the bone-implant interface (citation count up to Feb 2019: 53