As part of its mission to provide world-class clinical care and further the understanding and treatment of neurological diseases, the Department of Neurology sponsors multidisciplinary research programs spanning the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pathology, Anesthesiology and Medicine.
The efforts and expertise of this multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists have produced significant contributions to our understanding of neurological disease mechanisms and to the development of new treatments for brain disorders.
The aim of our research is to investigate the underlying risks, treatment strategies, and outcomes associated with neurological diseases and translate our findings into improved care for our patients. Our laboratories conduct both basic science and clinical research to explore a number of complex neurological diseases.
Examples of our research in neuromuscular disease include:
ALS – The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a collaborative global pursuit to accelerate treatments, prevention, and cures for five of the world’s most complex neurologic diseases, including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors. Research in ALS at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases is focused on identifying new drug targets for ALS.
Myopathies – Research at BWH is focused on classification and treatment of inflammatory myopathies and better understanding the pathogenic basis of these disorders.