Whether it's a groundbreaking basic science or clinical research focused on developmental or genetic disorders that affect the nervous system, neurodegenerative disease, neuroimmunology, neuroinfectious disease, epilepsy, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, brain tumors, headache, stroke, or traumatic brain/spinal cord injury, our researchers are on a quest to improve the lives of individuals with neurological disorders.

Within the Department of Neurology, our research scientists are focused on understanding, treating and preventing neurological disorders. We seek to accomplish this through a wide range of research activities, including through clinical trials to understand new potential treatments and through basic scientific research focused on systems, cellular and molecular neuroscience approaches.

Labs    Clinical Trials

The department’s enterprise features include:

  • more than 56,000 square feet of dedicated research space
  • currently ranked No. 2 in the nation for funding among neurology departments of U.S. medical schools Source: Blue Ridge Institute of Medical Research, FY 2014
  • Institutional support for neuroscience research provided by two endowed research centers at the school, the McDonnell Center for Systems NeuroScience, directed by Steve Petersen, PhD, and the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, directed by Charles Zorumski, MD

Hope Center for Neurological Disorders

The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders takes a collaborative approach to translational research focused on the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neural repair.

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Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is an internationally recognized leader in Alzheimer’s disease research.

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