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Dimitrios Manou with posterOver the past 16 years, the University of Rochester has continued to make substantive investments in research, including the opening of the Kornberg medical research building and the MRB-extension (MRBX) in 1998 and 2002, respectively, which currently house both the Center for Neural Development and Disease as well as the Center for Translational Neuromedicine. URMC was also one of the first sites selected in 2006 to build the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which houses both the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics as well as the Clinical Trials Coordination Center.

The University of Rochester continues to demonstrate excellence in the areas of biomedical and clinical research.  In addition to having eight faculty receive the Nobel Prize, the URMC has been the home for a number of transformative medical discoveries including the medical use of surfactant, the discovery of Cox-2, and the development of vaccines for HiB and HPV. In 2016, NIH research support totaled $18.3 million for both Clinical Neurology and the Neurosciences combined, and was ranked 10th in total NIH funding for Neurology among medical schools. Additional sources of funding include various foundations and industry sponsors.

Research Highlights

  • The University of Rochester Department of Neurology has a strong tradition of both basic and clinical research
  • The Neurology faculty includes many nationally and internationally recognized clinician-researchers with active research programs.
  • The UR Department of Neurology consistently ranks as one of the top neurology departments in the United States for extramural research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  Seven primary faculty in the department run NIH funded basic research programs, and over 43 faculty members participated in one or more NIH or industry sponsored research trials in 2016 alone.
  • The Department has grown to over 135 faculty (100 with primary appointments, 10 with joint appointments in various centers, and 25 with secondary appointments from other departments in the institution).
  • There are a broad range of research activities being carried out across the 14 divisions and centers associated with the Department of Neurology.  The research that is conducted is highly interdisciplinary and diverse, as reflected by a large group of investigators

Resident Research

The philosophy of the Department of Neurology is that research should be part of each resident's educational experience. Accordingly, each resident is encouraged to develop a research project during his or her four years of residency. In their first year, residents are paired with a faculty mentor with expertise in an area of interest declared by the trainee. 

We have also implemented a seminar series geared to help trainees explore career options in clinical neuroscience that covers topics such as writing and reviewing paper and grants, creating and delivering an effective presentation, issues pertaining to managing a clinical practice, as well as navigating issues related to work-life balance.  Trainees will also hear chalk talks by departmental faculty to enhance their knowledge regarding cutting edge research for a variety of neurological conditions and to provide opportunities for flash mentoring and hopefully stimulate future collaboration.

Residents participate annually in the Steven R. Schwid Neurology/Neurosurgery Research Symposium that coincides with the annual Insley Lecture. In the later years of training it is expected that the resident’s scholarly activity will culminate in a Neurology Grand Rounds presentation, abstract submission to the American Academy of Neurology or the American Neurological Association annual meetings and/or submission of a manuscript for publication in keeping with the ACGME program requirements. 

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Poster Session in Flaum Atrium

A wide range of basic and clinical URMC Neurology Research opportunities are available through faculty working in departmental units, affiliated research centers and laboratories located on the University Medical Center and the River Campus. 

In prior years, residents have participated in bench research, ongoing clinical trials, studies involving outcomes and health care utilization, and education research, as well as writing case reports and comprehensive literature reviews for publication.