Why BRAiN?

Are you trying to get into a top tier American University or Medical School?

It seems that everyone has good grades and amazing scores. It can be very difficult to set yourself apart in this highly competitive applicant pool. Research activities are common to most American university applicants and lack of research activity is a deficit to any application. BRAiN goes beyond just fulfilling this gap…not only do we provide an opportunity for research, but we mentor students to publication or presentation as a primary author. This level of involvement, as the primary author, will significantly distinguish you from the competition who typically only assist or shadow researchers with no concrete result in the end. BRAiN mentors will guide you through this whole process.

BRAiN Testimonials

The research that I was involved in with Dr. Karas and his team has been extremely beneficial in not only shaping my pre-medicine experience, but also greatly improving my resume. This is an experience that will absolutely define my application and set me apart from many other candidates. I am very grateful for Dr. Karas’ guidance and willingness to help me learn.
BRAiN Alumni Joe J

BRAiN Past Publications, Presentations & Patents


  1. Karas CS, Chiocca EA.
    Neurosurgical Robotics: A Review of Brain and Spine Applications
    Journal of Robotic Surgery 2007; 1(1):39-43
  2. KarasCS, Baig MN, Elton SW
    Ventriculosubgaleal Shunts at Columbus Children’s Hospital: Neurosurgical Implant Placement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    J Neurosurg 107:3 Suppl 220-223, 2007
  3. Karas CS, Berg C, Elton S.
    West Nile Virus Encephalitis in a Child with Shunted Hydrocephalus: Case Report
    Journal of Pediatric Neurology 2007; 5(2)
  4. Baig MN, Chisty F, Immensoete P, Karas CS.
    The Eastern Heart and Galen’s Ventricle
    Neurosurgical Focus, 2007; 23(1)
  5. Berg C, Karas CS, Chiocca EA.
    Benign Epitheliloid Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (BEPNST) of the Peroneal Nerve Presenting with Acute Foot Drop
    Annals of Neurosurgery 2007; 7(1): 1-5
  6. Karas CS
    Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Sept, 2007
  7. Karas CS.
    Pediatric Neurosurgery in Kijabi, Kenya: A Personal Operative Experience
    Neurotransmissions, Sept. 2007
  8. Karas CS.
    Chapter 13: Neurosurgical Robotics. Medical Robotics
    I-tech Education and Publishing. 2008
  9. Julka A, Karas CS, Baig M. Stamoulis E, Bell S, Bourekas E, McGregor JM.
    Complications Associated with Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption in Patients with Various Brain Tumors: An Institutional Review
    Under revision, Journal of Neurosurgery
  10. Karas CS, Larson T, Slone W, Gahbauer R, McGregor JM.
    Merged Imaging and Expanded Target Selection in Gamma Knife Radiosurgical Ablation of the Sphenopalatine Ganglion
    Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 2008; 86(2)
  11. Hirschl R, Baig MN, Karas CS, Gasser R, Elton SW.
    Suprasellar Mixed Malignant Germ Cell Tumor: Case Report and Review of the Literature
    Journal of Pediatric Neurology. 2008; 6(2)
  12. Chaudhari AM, Karas CS, Gasser R, Elton SW.
    Unique Defect Representing Features Of Chiari Type III And IV Malformations
    Pediatric Neurosurgery 2008; 44:513-514
  13. Pillai P, Baig M, Karas CS, Ammirati, M.
    Endoscopic Image Guided Transoral Approach To Craniovertebral Junction
    Operative Neurosurgery 2009
  14. Karas CS, Baig M, Bailey J, Edgar R, Miller C.
    Minimally Invasive Subdural Drainage at Bedside: A Pilot Study
    Journal of Neurotrauma. 2007
  15. Hartwell, JL, Spalding MC, Fletcher B, O’mara MS, Karas C.
    You Cannot Go Home: Routine Concussion Evaluation is not Enough
    Am Surg. 2015 Apr;81(4):395-403
  16. Amor N., Karas CS.
    Effects of Pedicle Screw and Spinous Process Distraction on Adjacent Foramina
    Global Spine Journal 2014; 04 - po.169


  1. European Skull Base Society, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Neurosurgical Robotics: A Cadaveric Feasibility Trial of Cerebrovascular Applications for the Davinci Surgical System.
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Baig MN, Hirschl R, Caragine LC.
  2. AANS Annual Meeting, San Diego CA
    Surgical Fitness: The Foundation of Superior Technique.
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, MacBeath D.
  3. 22nd Annual Neurosurgery in the Rockies Meeting
    Extravascular, Transpedicular Embolization of a Spinal Renal Metastasis Using the Onyx® Liquid Embolization System
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Caragine LC, Christoforides G, Golan J, Mendel E.
  4. BrainLab Resident’s Academy, Munich, Germany
    En Bloc Resection Of Spinal Chondroid Cyst.
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Golan J, Mendel E.
  5. AANS Annual Meeting, Chicago IL.
    William E. Hunt: Beyond Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS, Ogden JR, Baig MN, Miller C.
  6. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, Miami, FL
    Hydrocephalus in the Developing World: A Personal Operative Experience
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS.
  7. Interventional Neuroadiology Conference, Jackson Hole, WY
    Anticoagulation in the Setting of Stent-Assisted Coil Embolization of a Ruptured Giant Fusiform Basilar Aneurysm
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Caragine LP.
  8. National Neurotrauma Society Symposium, Kansas City, MO
    Minimally Invasive Subdural Drainage At Bedside: A Pilot Study
    Poster Presentation
    Edgar R, Karas CS, Baig M, Miller C.
  9. American Association for Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/ Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Phoenix, AZ
    Pediatric Congenital Spine Disorders in Eastern Africa
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS.
  10. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, Washington D.C.
    Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption and Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Treatment of Various Brain Tumors
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS, Baig M, Stamoulis E, Bell S, McGregor JM, Boureka E.
  11. AANS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
    The Organic Counterpart to the Soul: An Historical Perspective on the Purpose of the Brain
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS, Baig M.
  12. AANS/CNS Southern Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting, Sea Island, GA
    Endovascular Embolization of Renal Cell Cancer Metastasis to the Vertebral Body with Onyx
    Poster Presentation
    Julka A, Karas CS. Caragine LP Jr.
  13. Medical Society of Columbus, Columbus, OH
    Neurosurgery in Kijabi, Kenya
    Invited Speaker Presentation
    Karas CS.
  14. Neuroscience Grand Rounds, Ohio State University Medical Center
    Endovascular Approach to Carotid Stenosis : The Role of Carotid Stating Versus Endarterectomy
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Caragine LP.
  15. American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN), Boston, MA.
    Gamma Knife Radiosurgical Ablation of the Sphenopalatine Ganglion
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS, Larson T, Slone HW, Gahbaur R, McGregor JM.
  16. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Denver CO
    Early Obstacles to Complex Intraventricular Surgery with the DaVinci Surgical Robot
    Oral Presentation
    Karas CS.
  17. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Denver CO
    A Multi-modality Frontal Approach to the Fourth Ventricle, in a Case of Loculated Hydrocephalus
    Poster Presentation
    Gonda D, Karas CS, Elton S.
  18. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Denver CO
    West Nile Virus Endephalitis in a Child with Shunted Hydrocephalus
    Poster Presentation
    Karas CS, Berg C, Elton S.
  19. AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Denver CO
    Variations in Surgical Technique to Aid in Placement of the Peritoneal Shunt Catheter
    Poster Presentation
    Baig M, Asbahi M, Karas CS, Kosnik E.