Each of the department of neurology’s eleven programs is engaged in clinical research. Active clinical trials include Alzheimer and memory disorders, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, neuro-oncology, neurophysiology, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders, and stroke. Active observational studies include a large study of the genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson’s disease, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Cutting-edge research aids in diagnosing neurological disorders and connects patients to the latest treatment options. Research in the department of neurology is under the leadership of Dr. Demetrius M. Maraganore, the Ruth Cain Ruggles Chairman of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Maraganore is dedicated to the development of thematic research which cuts horizontally across all Programs. His areas of focus include molecular prognostics and molecular therapeutics.
The Research Plan in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is in its formative stages with active planning and recruitment. Our aim is the elucidation of underlying mechanisms of psychopathology and the application of those findings to clinical practice. We have established an exciting, creative atmosphere where cross talk between basic scientists and senior clinicians can flourish. In the spirit of Freud’s Project for a Scientific Psychology, the well established biopsychosocial model of mental illness, and the strengths of a developmental perspective our approach is truly integrative.
The Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery has a growing research program. Currently, there are five Principal Investigators in the division with active or pending research projects. The neurosurgery research program has a strong emphasis on clinical research. The majority of research studies focus on neurovascular surgery for conditions such as hemorrhagic stroke, spinal surgery, skull base surgery, and hydrocephalus. For these subject areas, the clinical studies predominantly relate to development of new devices and enhanced surgical techniques to improve clinical outcomes. The Skull Base Laboratory at Evanston Hospital not only functions as a state-of-the-art teaching facility, but also as an integral proving ground for new Neurosurgical techniques that have been pioneered by our faculty. Funding sources for the Division’s research efforts include the National Institutes of Health, industry, and philanthropy. Division members are very active in presenting results of their research at national meetings and in peer reviewed journal publications.
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