Research & Innovation
Today’s discoveries change tomorrow’s lives.
The NorthShore Neurological Institute has a strong commitment to research and innovation. As one of the region’s preeminent providers of neurological care, we are actively engaged in clinical trials and other research. We are regularly launching new clinical studies to ensure that the latest diagnostic technology, clinical treatments and surgical techniques are available for our patients; and to understand better the causes of neurological diseases and to develop new methods of predicting and improving neurological outcomes.
Research at the Neurological Institute is multidisciplinary, with neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists and a large team of research personnel engaged in a wide array of studies, often national and international in scope. Neurological Institute co-Directors Demetrius Maraganore, MD, and Julian Bailes, MD, are leading some of the most innovative and promising neurological research studies worldwide:
- Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease Consortium (GEO-PD)—Dr. Maraganore is the Principal Investigator of the GEO-PD, which includes 57 sites from 29 countries and 6 continents. From the group’s research, Dr. Maraganore has invented a new method to treat Parkinson’s disease that applies a Nobel Prize-winning technology called RNA interference.
- DodoNA Project—At NorthShore, Dr. Maraganore leads the DodoNA Project, a study that uses blood samples and our award-winning electronic medical record to discover DNA variations that predict neurological outcomes and that will guide the development of disease-modifying treatments for 11 neurological disorders.
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy—Dr. Bailes and his collaborators were the first to apply new brain imaging technologies to detect during life chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disorder that results from repeated mild traumatic brain injuries (“concussions”).
- Brain Injury Research Institute (BIRI)—Dr. Bailes also leads the BIRI, housing one of the largest repository of brains from professional athletes in the world, and has invented devices that may protect athletes and military personnel from brain injury. NorthShore University HealthSystem has a strong tradition—and continues to have a profound commitment—to advancing neuroscience discoveries that improve patient care and quality of life.
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