Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 631
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-3669
Lab: (585) 275-0613
Administrative: (585) 275-4783
Fax: (585) 275-3683

Research Bio

My research program focuses on three areas. First is the function of the basal ganglia in normal control of movement and the pathophysiology of basal ganglia disorders characterized by abnormal involuntary movements. The basal ganglia are affected by many disorders beginning in childhood including cerebral palsy, CNS infections, metabolic disorders and other genetic conditions. It is well known that children with diseases involving the basal ganglia have abnormal body postures, slowing of movement, involuntary movements, or a combination of these abnormalities. However, the pathophysiology of these abnormalities is poorly understood. We have hypothesized that the basal ganglia normally act to select desired movement patterns and inhibit competing movements. Deranged basal ganglia output results in unwanted competing motor patterns or difficulty selecting desired motor patterns.

Second, is Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten Disease), a neurodegenerative disease of childhood. Our research has focused on the natural history of the disease and is now pursuing potential disease modifying therapeutics.

Third, is the impact of Tourette Syndrome on children, their families, and the community.

An additional line of research involves the study of children with a degenerative neurological disorder called Batten Disease (aka Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis). We are investigating the natural history and rate of progression of neurological symptoms in this disorder.

Awards & Honors (National)

Oliver Sacks Award for Excellence | Tourette Association of America 2015
Compassionate Doctor Award | Patient's Choice 2011
Elected Faculty Member | Alpha Omega Alpha 2009 - Present
America's Top Doctors | Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2009 - Present
Teacher Recognition Award | American Academy of Neurology 2008
Patient's Choice Award | Patient's Choice 2008 - Present
Who's Who in America 2007 - Present
Best Doctors in America 2005 - Present
Fellow | American Academy of Neurology 2004 - Present
Fellow, American Neurological Association 2002 - Present
Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award, American Neurological Association 2002
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics 2002 - Present

Awards & Honors (Local)

UR Nominee for 2015 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Award 2015
URMC Diversity Award | University of Rochester Medical Center 2013
Faculty Mentoring Award for Mentoring of Clinical Science Trainees | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2011
Commendation for Third Year Teaching | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2011
Neurology Faculty Teaching Award | Department of Neurology, University of Rochester 2005
St. Louis Children's Hospital Housestaff Teaching Award 1993
Irwin Levy Prize in Neurology, Washington University 1989
O'Leary Prize for Neuroscience Research, Washington University 1987
High Honors for Senior Thesis, Wesleyan University 1980
Walkley Prize for Psychology Research, Wesleyan University 1980

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Mar
Ricketts EJ, Gilbert DL, Zinner SH, Mink JW, Lipps TD, Wiegand GA, Vierhile AE, Ely LJ, Piacentini J, Walkup JT, Woods DW. "Pilot Testing Behavior Therapy for Chronic Tic Disorders in Neurology and Developmental Pediatrics Clinics." Journal of child neurology. 2016 Mar; 31(4):444-50. Epub 2015 Aug 13.
2016 Mar
Ragbeer SN, Augustine EF, Mink JW, Thatcher AR, Vierhile AE, Adams HR. "Remote Assessment of Cognitive Function in Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten disease): A Pilot Study of Feasibility and Reliability." Journal of child neurology. 2016 Mar; 31(4):481-7. Epub 2015 Sep 02.
2015 Oct
Storch EA, Hanks CE, Mink JW, McGuire JF, Adams HR, Augustine EF, Vierhile A, Thatcher A, Bitsko R, Lewin AB, Murphy TK. "SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH CHRONIC TIC DISORDERS." Depression and anxiety. 2015 Oct; 32(10):744-53. Epub 2015 Feb 24.
2015 Jun
Mink JW. "Treatment of paroxysmal dyskinesias in children." Current treatment options in neurology. 2015 Jun; 17(6):350.
2015 Apr
Augustine EF, Adams HR, Beck CA, Vierhile A, Kwon J, Rothberg PG, Marshall F, Block R, Dolan J, Mink JW, . "Standardized assessment of seizures in patients with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis." Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2015 Apr; 57(4):366-71. Epub 2014 Nov 11.

Current Appointments

Frederick A. Horner, MD Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Neurology - Department of Neurology, Child Neurology (SMD)
Professor - Department of Neurology, Child Neurology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Neuroscience (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


PhD | Neuroscience | Washington University1989
MD | Medicine | Washington University1989
MA | Psychology | Wesleyan University1981
BA | Biology - Psychology | Wesleyan University1980

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at St Louis Children's Hospital07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Neurology at Barnes Hospital07/01/1991 - 06/30/1992
Internship in Pediatrics at St Louis Children's Hospital07/01/1989 - 06/30/1991