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.
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. LEARN MORE
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. LEARN MORE
Beau Ances, MD, PhD, MSc, is investigating neurodegenerative processes and biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, and Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease.
Clinical trials allow us to continue our mission to better understand, treat and prevent the wide array of neurological disorders affecting society.
A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Center Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Eculizumab in Patients With Relapsing Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) (PREVENT). ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01892345.
Patients ≥ 18 years old diagnosed with NMO or NMO spectrum disorder. Must be NMO-IgG seropositive and have had > LEARN MORE
Exercise and Parkinson’s
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The primary purpose of this study is to look at the effects of exercise on walking LEARN MORE
Feasibility and Optimization of a Cognitive Intervention for Parkinson disease
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY? The purpose of this research study is to determine if a cognitive strategy LEARN MORE