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Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD

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Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD

Neurosurgery, Hematology-Oncology, Epilepsy, Vascular Anomalies

On staff since September 2003

Children's Title: Division Chief of Neurosurgery; Director of Epilepsy Surgery; Co-Director, Epilepsy Program; Richard G. Ellenbogen Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

Recommendations

LoraSeattle, WA12.04.13
In 2006 our daughter had an MRI that indicated a mass in her brain. We met with Dr. Ojemann and, at first, I was intimidated. He is initially a rather serious guy and being a rather scared parent (and having never met a neurosurgeon), I thought he was a bit distant. But, after seeing Dr. Ojemann repeatedly over the years, my initial impressions couldn't have been more incorrect. Dr. Ojemann saved our daughter's life. He performed a very dangerous, complicated brain biopsy that resulted not only in her diagnosis, but also halted a life-threatening issue. Dr. Ojemann was kind, compassionate, thoughtful, realistic and transparent. We feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation for what Dr. Ojemann did for us. Our daughter is now a healthy 17 year old and applying for college. This would not be possible without the professional skills and commitment of Dr. Ojemann.
ErinClinton, WA08.11.13
Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann and his Neurosurgery team; Dr. Luke Tomycz, Dr. Robert Oxford, Dr. Sean McEvoy and Dr. Wally Krengel in the Orthopedic dept. are the most amazing set of doctors I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Not only did they diagnose my 12 month old son with a difficult syndrome to find; Klippel-Feil Syndrome which is a rare cervical bone disorder, they were able to operate and save him from being a quadriplegic with a breathing tube. Now he will have the ability to be a healthy kid that can walk, talk, play sports, dance; whatever he decides he wants to do!! My husband and I can't thank these doctors enough and will consider them an integral part of our family! Not only were our doctors awesome the nurses in the ICU and on the surgical floor made our experience at Children's the best it could have possibly been. Thank you!
LorraineOlympia, WA07.11.13
I will make this short and sweet: Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann has been absolutely wonderful to my son and my family throughout a very long ordeal. I have felt cared for, listened to and respected by Dr. Ojemann every step of the way. His skill is unsurpassed, his humanity and humility are beyond reproach, and his gentle caring demeanor is a blessing. We feel so fortunate to have Seattle Children's so close and to have found Dr. Ojemann. Thank you is all I can say and it will never be enough.
SuzieKennewick, WA03.25.13
Dr. Ojemann is an amazing pediatric neurosurgeon - competent, qualified, and caring. He performed the brain surgery on our son that has changed his life forever. Our son went from being profoundly delayed as 11 month old with a future of continual neurological regression to an almost normally-developing 2 1/2 year old who has normal language skills, normal social skills, and mostly normal gross motor skills. His fine motor skills are still delayed, but his is making rapid advancements in that domain also. Even though Dr. Ojemann told us it might be too late to effect a change, and that the seizure activity had spread, Dr. Ojemann still felt that it was important and necessary for our baby to have surgery as soon as possible. He made it a priority for our son to have surgery as quickly as possible, and cautioned us not to wait, but to act immediately. While it was difficult to hand our baby over to the doctors for surgery, we knew that Dr. Ojemann would take good care of him, and we knew that Dr. Ojemann would be as careful with our baby as he would if it were his own child. There are always risks with brain surgery, but the neurosurgery team is so excellent at Seattle Children's, that your child will be safe and well cared-for, and in this way, surgical risks are minimized. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Ojemann. He is a top-notch neurosurgeon who is humble enough to be willing to refer you to other neurosurgeons if need be. Every day when we look at our son, and how incredible his progress has been, we are reminded of Dr. Ojemann, are grateful to him, and thankful to God for placing him in our lives. By the pure grace of God, Drs. Ojemann, Novotny, and Senato were instrumental in giving our son the chance to walk, talk, climb, explore, and develop normally. Thank you, God for Seattle Children's, and for these amazing, incredible, and wonderful doctors! We praise God for the blessing of their intelligence, their skill, their competence, and knowledge. We also thank them for their understanding, their compassion, and their ability to relate to parents' concerns. Without Dr. Ojemann, our son would have lived a very different life. We are constantly awed and amazed by the miracle of our son's continued healing and progress, and we thank God for this incredible miracle. Dr. Ojemann told us that some parents opt to forgo this surgery because of its risks and the possibility that it might not be successful or only minimally successful, but I would encourage parents to take the leap of faith and have the surgery, and have confidence that Dr. Ojemann will give your child the best possible outcome. Thank you, Dr. Ojemann, for your care and concern for our son!
HeatherSnoqualmie, WA06.26.12
While I would never want any other family to have an experience that would lead them to Dr. Ojemann, if you find yourself in need of a caring and knowledgeable neuro surgeon, he is the one you want. He took the time to answer all of our questions, big and small. Our daughter's surgery went well and she recovered quickly. He even took the time to stay late so that we would know the results of the post op MRI. We are so thankful to have our daughter in the care of such a great doctor. Thank you doesn't say enough.
HaiBellevue, WA12.29.11
Our 7-year old son is under the care of Dr. Ojemann. He is very professional and friendly to patients and family. Of course technically we believe he is also one of the top doctors in the field. We are very comfotable and confident with Dr. Ojemann's care of our son. We are very grateful to him and Seattle Children's!
BrendaBonney Lake, Washington01.27.11
Our son started having seizures when he was 6 months old. After a MRI showed a small mass in his right front lobe we were introduced to Dr Ojemann to explore surgical options. Dr. Ojemann took his time with us, somehow he makes you feel as if you are his only patient. He answered all of our questions and explained the procedure in a clear easy to understand manner. Dr Ojemann operated on our 3 yr old son in September 2010. We are happy to say the surgery was a great success and recovery for our son was a breeze! We feel so blessed to be touched by such an angel...Thank you, we are forever grateful.
ElyssaSeattle, WA12.13.10
Dr. Ojemann has operated on my son a total of 5 times. (2, 2-part brain surgeries, and one VNS implant). He has ALWAYS taken the time to sit down and explain every proceedure, and the risks and benefits of everything we've done. He has respected our decisions and answered all of our questions with openness and honesty. He is the kind of doctor that treats you like you are the only patient he has when he is with you. The surgeries themselves always went smoothly, and he kept us updated throughout everything. We felt like our son was in very very capable hands throughout his surgeries and recoveries.
Recommend Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann

Overview

Board Certification(s)
Neurological Surgery
Medical/Professional School
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis
Residency
Neurological Surgery, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis
Fellowship
Neurological Surgery, St Louis Children's Hospital, St Louis
Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Clinical Interests

Brain Tumors Craniosynostosis Epilepsy Hydrocephalus

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Magazine 2014
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013Seattle Magazine 2013
Seattle's Top DocSeattle Met Magazine 2013
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine 2012
U.S. News Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"Consumer's Research Council of America 2009

Publications

Cortical cartography reveals political and physical maps.
Epilepsia , 2014 May 9
Short-time windowed covariance: A metric for identifying non-stationary, event-related covariant cortical sites.
Journal of neuroscience methods , 2014 Jan 30: 22224-33
Broadband changes in the cortical surface potential track activation of functionally diverse neuronal populations.
NeuroImage , 2014 Jan 15: 85 Pt 2711-20
Short-time transient covariance: A metric for identifying non-stationary, event-related covariant cortical sites.
Journal of neuroscience methods , 2013 Nov 6
Posterior fossa tumors and their impact on sleep and ventilatory control: a clinical perspective.
Respiratory physiology & neurobiology , 2013 Nov 1: 189(2)261-71
Broadband changes in the cortical surface potential track activation of functionally diverse neuronal populations.
NeuroImage , 2013 Sep 7
Diminished default mode network recruitment of the hippocampus and parahippocampus in temporal lobe epilepsy.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2013 Aug: 119(2)288-300
Distributed cortical adaptation during learning of a brain-computer interface task.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 2013 Jun 25: 110(26)10818-23
Electrocorticographic sensorimotor mapping.
Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology , 2013 Jun: 124(6)1044-8
Famous face identification in temporal lobe epilepsy: support for a multimodal integration model of semantic memory.
Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior , 2013 Jun: 49(6)1648-67
Tissue localization during resective epilepsy surgery.
Neurosurgical focus , 2013 Jun: 34(6)E8
Posterior fossa tumors and their impact on sleep and ventilatory control: A clinical perspective.
Respiratory physiology & neurobiology , 2013 May 28
Treatment of proper name retrieval deficits in an individual with temporal lobe epilepsy.
American journal of speech-language pathology / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association , 2013 May: 22(2)S250-5
Exaggerated phase-amplitude coupling in the primary motor cortex in Parkinson disease.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 2013 Mar 19: 110(12)4780-5
Mild passive focal cooling prevents epileptic seizures after head injury in rats.
Annals of neurology , 2013 Feb: 73(2)199-209
Identifying Functional Networks Using Endogenous Connectivity in Gamma Band Electrocorticography.
Brain connectivity , 2013: 3(5)491-502
Relation between functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and single neuron, local field potential (LFP) and electrocorticography (ECoG) activity in human cortex.
Frontiers in human neuroscience , 2013: 734
Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography.
Epilepsy & behavior : E&B , 2012 Dec: 25(4)605-13
Sleep spindles are locally modulated by training on a brain-computer interface.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 2012 Nov 6: 109(45)18583-8
Cortical stimulation mapping and Wada results demonstrate a normal variant of right hemisphere language organization.
Epilepsia , 2012 Oct: 53(10)1790-8
Epilepsy surgery after treatment of pediatric malignant brain tumors.
Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association , 2012 Oct: 21(8)624-30
Multimodality localization of the sensorimotor cortex in pediatric patients undergoing epilepsy surgery.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 Jul: 10(1)1-6
Is postresective intraoperative electrocorticography predictive of seizure outcomes in children?
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 May: 9(5)546-51
Long-term outcome of extratemporal resection in posttraumatic epilepsy.
Neurosurgical focus , 2012 Mar: 32(3)E10
Preserved interhemispheric functional connectivity in a case of corpus callosum agenesis.
Neuroradiology , 2012 Feb: 54(2)177-9
Self-Regulated Dynamical Criticality in Human ECoG.
Frontiers in integrative neuroscience , 2012: 644
Human motor cortical activity is selectively phase-entrained on underlying rhythms.
PLoS computational biology , 2012: 8(9)e1002655
Freehand placement of depth electrodes using electromagnetic frameless stereotactic guidance.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2011 Nov: 464-7
Quasi-periodic fluctuations in default mode network electrophysiology.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2011 Aug 10: 11728-32
Impact of injury location and severity on posttraumatic epilepsy in the rat: role of frontal neocortex.
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) , 2011 Jul: 1574-92
Rapid online language mapping with electrocorticography.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2011 May: 482-90
Reorganization of large-scale physiology in hand motor cortex following hemispheric stroke.
Neurology , 2011 Mar 8: 927-9
Mapping anterior temporal lobe language areas with fMRI: a multicenter normative study.
NeuroImage , 2011 Jan 15: 1465-75
Mapping anterior temporal lobe language areas with fMRI: A multicenter normative study.
NeuroImage , 2010 Sep 25
Acute unilateral enlargement of the parotid gland immediately post craniotomy in a pediatric patient: a case report.
Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2010 Sep: 1239-42
Rhesus macaque as an animal model for posterior fossa syndrome following tumor resection.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2010 Aug: 120-6
DTI fiber tracking to differentiate demyelinating diseases from diffuse brain stem glioma.
NeuroImage , 2010 Aug 1: 217-23
Impaired maturation of cortical GABA(A) receptor expression in pediatric epilepsy.
Epilepsia , 2010 Aug: 1456-67
MRI changes associated with vigabatrin treatment mimicking tumor progression.
Pediatric blood & cancer , 2010 Jun 8
Functional magnetic resonance imaging for presurgical evaluation of very young pediatric patients with epilepsy.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2010 May: 500-6
Insular epilepsy masquerading as multifocal cortical epilepsy as proven by depth electrode.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2010 Apr: 365-7
Cortical activity during motor execution, motor imagery, and imagery-based online feedback.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 2010 Mar 2: 4430-5
Comparing noninvasive dense array and intracranial electroencephalography for localization of seizures.
Neurosurgery , 2010 Feb: 354-62
Power-law scaling in the brain surface electric potential.
PLoS computational biology , 2009 Dec: e1000609
Hemispherotomy: efficacy and analysis of seizure recurrence.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Oct: 323-32
Direct electrophysiological measurement of human default network areas.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , 2009 Jul 21: 12174-7
Robust, long-term control of an electrocorticographic brain-computer interface with fixed parameters.
Neurosurgical focus , 2009 Jul: E13
Classification of contralateral and ipsilateral finger movements for electrocorticographic brain-computer interfaces.
Neurosurgical focus , 2009 Jul: E12
Ictal localization by invasive recording of infraslow activity with DC-coupled amplifiers.
Journal of clinical neurophysiology : official publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society , 2009 Jun: 135-44
Category-specific recognition and naming deficits following resection of a right anterior temporal lobe tumor in a patient with atypical language lateralization.
Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior , 2009 May: 630-40
Uniquely hominid features of adult human astrocytes.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2009 Mar 11: 3276-87
Uniquely hominid features of adult human astrocytes.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2009 Mar 11: 3276-87
Nonlinear phase-phase cross-frequency coupling mediates communication between distant sites in human neocortex.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2009 Jan 14: 426-35
Nonlinear phase-phase cross-frequency coupling mediates communication between distant sites in human neocortex.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2009 Jan 14: 426-35
Detection of spontaneous class-specific visual stimuli with high temporal accuracy in human electrocorticography.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2009: 6465-8
Is postoperative CT scanning predictive of subdural electrode placement complications in pediatric epileptic patients?
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2009: 345-9
Real-time detection of event-related brain activity.
NeuroImage , 2008 Nov 1: 245-9
GABA(A) receptor properties in catastrophic infantile epilepsy.
Epilepsy research , 2008 Oct: 188-97
Electrocorticographic spectral changes associated with ipsilateral individual finger and whole hand movement.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 5939-42
Three cases of feature correlation in an electrocorticographic BCI.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 5318-21
Localization and classification of phonemes using high spatial resolution electrocorticography (ECoG) grids.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 4964-7
Localization of extratemporal seizure with noninvasive dense-array EEG. Comparison with intracranial recordings.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2008: 474-9
Electrocorticographic spectral changes associated with ipsilateral individual finger and whole hand movement.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 5939-42
Three cases of feature correlation in an electrocorticographic BCI.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 5318-21
Localization and classification of phonemes using high spatial resolution electrocorticography (ECoG) grids.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2008: 4964-7
Localization of extratemporal seizure with noninvasive dense-array EEG. Comparison with intracranial recordings.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2008: 474-9
Apnea caused by mesial temporal lobe mass lesions in infants: report of 3 cases.
Journal of child neurology , 2007 Sep: 1079-83
Real-time functional brain mapping using electrocorticography.
NeuroImage , 2007 Aug 15: 504-7
Vagus nerve stimulation in children with mitochondrial electron transport chain deficiencies.
Mitochondrion , 2007 Jul: 279-83
Cortical electrode localization from X-rays and simple mapping for electrocorticographic research: The "Location on Cortex" (LOC) package for MATLAB.
Journal of neuroscience methods , 2007 May 15: 303-8
Outcome following surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal involvement in preadolescent children: emphasis on mesial temporal sclerosis.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2007 Mar: 205-10
Spectral changes in cortical surface potentials during motor movement.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience , 2007 Feb 28: 2424-32
Changing frontal contributions to memory before and after medial temporal lobectomy.
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) , 2007 Feb: 443-56
Task-related principal component analysis: formalism and illustration.
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2007: 5469-72
Dexmedetomidine sedation during awake craniotomy for seizure resection: effects on electrocorticography.
Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology , 2007 Jan: 38-44
Complications of invasive subdural electrode monitoring at St. Louis Children's Hospital, 1994-2005.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2006 Nov: 343-7
Vagus nerve stimulation for intractable seizures in children.
Pediatric neurology , 2006 Nov: 323-6
Structured cueing on a semantic fluency task differentiates patients with temporal versus frontal lobe seizure onset.
Epilepsy & behavior : E&B , 2006 Sep: 339-44
The emerging world of motor neuroprosthetics: a neurosurgical perspective.
Neurosurgery , 2006 Jul: 1-14; discussion 1-14
Electrocorticography-based brain computer interface--the Seattle experience.
IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering : a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society , 2006 Jun: 194-8
Use of dexmedetomidine in awake craniotomy in adolescents: report of two cases.
Paediatric anaesthesia , 2006 Mar: 338-42
Primary hypothyroidism in a 12-year-old girl with a suprasellar pituitary mass: rapid regression after thyroid replacement therapy: case report.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2005 May: 413-6
Hand somatosensory cortex activity following selective dorsal rhizotomy: report of three cases with fMRI.
Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2005 Feb: 115-21
Distance of the motor cortex from the coronal suture as a function of age.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2004 Sep-Oct: 215-9
Functional reorganization of spatial transformations after a parietal lesion.
Neurology , 2004 Jul 27: 287-92
A brain-computer interface using electrocorticographic signals in humans.
Journal of neural engineering , 2004 Jun: 63-71
9p21 and 13q14 dosages in ependymomas. A clinicopathologic study of 101 cases.
Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc , 2004 Jan: 9-14
Selective disturbance of mental rotation by cortical stimulation.
Neuropsychologia , 2003: 1659-67
A procedure for identifying regions preferentially activated by attention to semantic and phonological relations using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Neuropsychologia , 2003: 293-303
Intrathecal baclofen withdrawal: a case report and review of the literature.
Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2002 Oct: 522-5
The frontal lobe role in memory: a review of convergent evidence and implications for the Wada memory test.
Epilepsy & behavior : E&B , 2002 Aug: 309-315
Cortical stimulation mapping of language cortex by using a verb generation task: effects of learning and comparison to mapping based on object naming.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2002 Jul: 33-8
Pediatric sylvian fissure meningioma.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2002 May: 275-6
Intracranial infantile myofibromatosis with intraparenchymal involvement.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2002 Apr: 214-7
Gliomatosis cerebri.
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2002 Feb: 111-2
Frameless stereotaxy without rigid pin fixation during awake craniotomies.
Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery , 2002: 256-61

Presentations

Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Epilepsy SurgerySeattle Childrens HospitalSeattle, WAOct. 16, 2013
How to learn a BCIUniversity of FreiburgFreiburg, GermanySept. 26, 2013
Concussion and common conditions in pediatric neurosurgeryMidlevel Boot CampKalispell, MTSept. 19, 2013
New therapies in epilepsy surgeryUniversity of Washington Epilepsy Conference Seattle, WASept. 14, 2013
Evaluating the shuntCommunity Medical Center, Pediatric roundsMissoula, MTJuly 16, 2013
Dynamic Learning Networks Support Brain-Machine Interface AdaptationLocal Organizing Committee Symposium, Organization for Human Brain MappingSeattle, WAJune 17, 2013
Advances in MRI the benefit for epilepsy surgeryNorth Pacific Pediatric Neurology ColloquiumSeattle, WAMay 31, 2013
Cortical dynamics of learning an electrocorticography-based BCIInternational Symposium on Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics, Center for Sensorimotor Neural EngineeringSeattle, WAJan. 31, 2013

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Cortical GABA in Pediatric Sports ConcussionNIH/NINDSApril 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016
R03NS086580NIH/NINDSJan. 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2015
R25NS079200NIH/NINDSApril 1, 2012 - March 31, 2017
R01NS065186NIH/NINDSApril 1, 2010 - March 31, 2015

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OA.9.220 - Neurosurgery
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-987-2544

Additional Offices

Harborview Medical Center
HMC Box 359766 - Neurological Surgery
325 - 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
206-744-3576

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