Research

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.
http://neuro.wustl.edu/research/researchlabs

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.

Although we typically recommend two years of pediatric residency training prior to starting pediatric neurology, highly qualified individuals can be considered for the neuroscience track. In this track the resident completes one year of pediatrics residency followed by the adult neurology year and then the clinical pediatric neurology year. The elective time of the following year is then combined with the year of neuroscience research to allow maximal protected research time.

Faculty Research Interests:

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
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
Paul Golumbek Nervous system/immune system interactions
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
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
Bryan McGill Neurobiologic basis of autistic spectrum disorders
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
Bradley Schlaggar Functional MRI, developmental cognitive neuroscience, developmental plasticity, reading, language, attention
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
Judy Weisenberg Genotype/Phenotype relationships in epilepsy
Michael Wong Epileptogenesis, seizure-induced brain injury, models of epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis
Kelvin Yamada Mechanisms of epilepsy
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.