While research is certainly not a required element of pediatric neurology residency training (several of our graduates elect to enter private practice), there are extensive research opportunities both within the division and throughout the medical school and university for those who desire. Our faculty members are engaged in many different areas of research from imaging to clinical trials to traditional bench research to educational studies.

Washington University prides itself on interdisciplinary collaborations. We have strong research relationships with areas such as radiology, psychology, hematology/oncology, molecular and cell biology, and neuroscience. Within the university are several research institutes with which the department has an extremely close association, including the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience (website is under construction right now) and the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders. During the final year of pediatric neurology training, residents have up to nine months of elective time that they can dedicate to research if they so choose.

Faculty Research Interests:

Bhooma Aravamuthan Dystonia pathophysiology, basal ganglia electrophysiology, neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury
Shannon Agner Neuroimaging, models of encephalitis and immune processes of the CNS, machine learning
Sarah Bauer Huang Neurological complications in the CHD infant, and infants on ECMO; Pain and comfort management of the infant with neurological conditions
Mary Bertrand Clinical treatment of epilepsy
Anne Connolly Autoimmunity in peripheral and central neurvous systems, development of clinical outcomes measures in infants and non-ambulatory children
W. Edwin Dodson Pediatric epilepsy, new drugs for treatment of pediatric epilepsy
Nico Dosenbach Functional MRI, functional connectivity, developmental plasticity, use-dependent plasticity, attention, executive control
Rafael Galindo Neurobiological mechanisms that regulate neuronal survival in the injured neonatal brain, developmental neuropathology
Jennifer Griffith Quality Improvement in Inpatient Pediatric Neurology and Neurocritical Care
Rejean Guerriero EEG monitoring in the ICU, Traumatic brain injury, Mechanisms of epileptogenesis following acquired brain injury
Kristin Guilliams Clinical presentations of pediatric stroke, how alterations in cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism influence stroke risk in children
David Gutmann Neuro-oncology, Neurofibromatosis, Neurogenetics, Neuro-development
Christina Gurnett Genetics of Neurological and Orthopedic Disorders
Siddharth Jain Use of EEG to develop biomarkers to predict neurological injury and brain health in the high risk neonatal population
Laura Jansen Pediatric Epilepsy, Human Brain Development, Inhibitory Neurotransmission
Doug Larsen Medical student and resident education, memory, experiential learning, test-enhanced learning
Amy Licis Sleep issues in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
Soe Mar White matter diseases in children, migraine, perinantal HIV and cognition
Stephanie Morris Neurodevelopmental impairments in children with Neurofibromatosis type 1, Predictive models for monogenic disorders
Michael Noetzel Etiology and rehabilitation strategies of pediatric stroke, brachial plexus injury, mechanisms of recovery from acquired brain injury
Toni Pearson Pediatric neurotransmitter disorders, characterization of dystonia and other childhood movement disorders
Robin Ryther Rett Syndrome, mTOR inhibitors in TSC, new onset seizures, epilepsy surgery
Chris Smyser Neonatal neuroimaging, functional MRI, neonatal brain injury, developmental plasticity, language development
Liu Lin Thio Clinical epilepsy, ketogenic diet, infantile spasms, and cellular neurophysiology
Stuart Tomko Link between epilepsy and systemic autoimmune conditions, epilepsy in autoimmune encephalitis
Keisuke Ueda Tics, Tourette syndrome, botulinum toxin, deep brain stimulation, cerebral palsy, pediatric movement disorder
Amy Viehoever Movement disorders, deep brain stimulation (DBS)
Judy Weisenberg Genotype/Phenotype relationships in epilepsy
Michael Wong Epileptogenesis, seizure-induced brain injury, models of epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis
John Zempel EEG, EEG/functional MRI, ECOG
Craig Zaidman Development of noveloutcome measure in Duchenne muscular dystrophy; imaging the peripheral neurvous system; radiologic, electrodiagnostic, and clinical correlations of peripheral nervous system disorders.