Pediatric Neurology

Neurology Fellowship Programs

Faculty

Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D., Program Director
Heather Adams, Ph.D.
Gary Myers, M.D.
Erika F. Augustine, M.D. Alex Paciorkowski, M.D.
Harris A. Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Laurie Seltzer, D.O.
Inna Hughes, M.D., Ph.D. Robert Thompson Stone, M.D.
Jennifer M. Kwon, M.D., M.P.H.
Laura Tomaselli, M.D.
Jennifer Mulbury, M.D. David Wang, M.D.

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests

Neurovirology, Neurotoxicology, Motor Control and Movement Disorders, Clinical Trials, Epilepsy, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Genetics

Goals are to understand molecular, cellular, and neural systems mechanisms underlying neurological and developmental disorders of children and adults.  Further goals are to understand the clinical characteristics, response to treatment, and public health aspects of complex neurological disorders of children.

  • Inflammatory mediator effect on synaptic plasticity during Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.  Small molecule pharmacologic and gene transfer-related neuroprotective strategies in neurodegeneration and HIV infection for a unique NIH-funded “bench-to-bedside” program project.  (Gelbard)
  • Neurophysiology of the basal ganglia in motor control.  Quantitative analysis of kinematics and muscle patterns in movement disorders such as dystonia, chorea, and cerebral palsy.  Clinical trials in Tourette Syndrome and cerebral palsy.  (Mink)
  • Clinical research on Tourette Syndrome.  Work includes therapeutic trials and epidemiological research.  (Adams, Augustine, Mink)
  • Seychelles study on child development as it relates to maternal nutrition, specifically fish consumption, and consequent low-level methylmercury exposure.  (Myers)
  • Clinical and neuropsychological research on Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL; Batten Disease) including development of experimental therapeutics.  (Adams, Kwon, Augustine, Mink)
  • Clinical trials in epilepsy.  (Wang)
  • Efficacy of short-term anticonvulsant therapy in neonatal seizures.  (Kwon)

Child Neurology Academic Development Program (K12 NS066098)

  • This NSADA program has one position per year for recent graduates of Child Neurology residency programs who are developing a research career in neurological sciences relevant to Child Neurology. The program gives junior faculty the opportunity to transition from mentored trainees to independent investigators in clinical and/or basic neurobiology research. It aims to foster thinking skills and a knowledge base that will allow supported candidates to apply basic neurobiological principles to achieve a mechanistic understanding of disease so they can translate them into therapeutic and diagnostic options for disorders of the developing nervous system. It also fostersthe academic careers of junior faculty by providing the guidance and framework necessary to conduct of scientifically sound, ethical, and clinically relevant research in neurobiology with the mentoring necessary for career planning as future leaders in academic child neurology.

Contact Person: Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Email: jonathan_mink@urmc.rochester.edu