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A Better Way to Treat Brain Tumors

Room 104B

Darin T. Okuda
UTSW Medical Center, Professor of Neurology, Director of Neuroinnovation

Darin T. Okuda, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas. He is a clinician-scientist specializing in multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system. 

Dr. Okuda serves as Director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Imaging Program, Director of Neuroinnovation, and Deputy Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program and Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis at UT Southwestern.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Okuda earned his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees at the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency training in neurology at the Barrow Neurological Institute and performed his fellowship in neuroimmunology at the University of California-San Francisco Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Dr. Okuda’s current research focuses on improving the diagnostic capabilities for multiple sclerosis. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his recent work in defining and investigating the radiologically isolated syndrome. He currently directs scientific strategies within the Radiologically Isolated Syndrome Consortium (RISC), a multinational working group involving 10 countries, focused on advancing the science in the very early forms of multiple sclerosis.

In addition to this work, Dr. Okuda’s background involves translational research specific to therapeutics aimed at MS symptom management. He has also designed highly successful technological applications and platforms for research and patient care. He currently serves as a technological advisor to several start-ups and existing Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Okuda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Inc., a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology Committees on Neuroimaging and Ethics.

Dr. Okuda’s work has been published in the Annals of Neurology, Neurology, Human Molecular Genetics, Brain, Journal of NeuroImaging, Proceedings of the National American Academy of Sciences, and Science.

Weighing in at just three pounds, the human brain is the marvelous, mysterious source of everything that defines us as humans. It’s also been the modern medical mystery for centuries, and only in the last 10 years or so has scientific research yielded important insights and answers. Now, as technology development accelerates, exciting breakthroughs in neurological and behavioral science are possible.

That’s welcome news for more than 700,000 Americans living with a primary brain tumor. While most brain tumors are not malignant, the impact of treatment is likely life-changing. Dr. Darin Okuda and his team at UT Southwestern Neurology are working to change these realities, with a better way to diagnose and treat brain tumors using 3-D printing. As the keynote speaker for our Genesis of Prevention track at Health Supernova, presented by The University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Okuda will share how it works — and how it can scale.