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Bernard M. Ravina, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-7430

Office: (585) 341-7500

Fax: (585) 341-7510


Professional Background

Dr. Ravina is an Associate Professor of Neurology, the Director of the Movement and Inherited Neurological Disorders (MIND) Unit, and the Associate Director of the Clinical Trials Coordination Center (CTCC) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. After obtaining his MD from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ravina completed residency training in Neurology and a Fellowship in Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Ravina completed a two year Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. After training, Dr. Ravina spent four years at NINDS/NIH where he was responsible for an innovative program of phase II clinical trials in Parkinson's disease, as well as having oversight of clinical trials in stroke and ALS. Dr. Ravina is a PI or a member on the steering committee for several phase I, II and III clinical trials and chairs two independent DSMBs, including the NIA sponsored clinical trial of Rosiglitazone in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Dr. Ravina has become a recognized expert in clinical trials in movement disorders. He has published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Ravina has also lectured by invitation both nationally and world wide. He is an editorial board member of Clinical Neuropharmacology and a reviewer for the FDA Orphan Product Division. Dr. Ravina brings valuable perspectives from both the sponsor side at NIH and from academic medicine and collaborations with industry.



BA | Columbia University

MD | Johns Hopkins U Sch Medicine

Masters | University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Epidemiology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1999 - 06/30/2001
Fellowship in Neurology at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

09/01/1996 - 06/30/1999
Residency in Neurology at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

09/01/1995 - 06/30/1996
Internship in Neurology at University of Pittsburgh

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Journal Articles

Di Prospero NA, Sumner CJ, Penzak SR, Ravina B, Fischbeck KH, Taylor JP. "Safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of high-dose idebenone in patients with Friedreich ataxia." Archives of neurology.. 2007 Jun; 64(6):803-8.

Dorsey ER, Constantinescu R, Thompson JP, Biglan KM, Holloway RG, Kieburtz K, Marshall FJ, Ravina BM, Schifitto G, Siderowf A, Tanner CM. "Projected number of people with Parkinson disease in the most populous nations, 2005 through 2030." Neurology.. 2007 Jan 30; 68(5):384-6. Epub 2006 Nov 02.

Dorsey ER, Holloway RG, Ravina BM. "Biomarkers in Parkinson's disease." Expert review of neurotherapeutics.. 2006 Jun; 6(6):823-31.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Progress in Neurotherapeutics and Neuropsychopharmacology
Book Title: The Phase II Futility Clinical Trial Design.
Author List: Ravina B., Palesch Y.
Published By: Cambridge University Press 2007

Chapter Title: Parkinson's disease Diagnosis and Clinical Management.
Book Title: Biomarker in Parkinson's disease
Author List: Dorsey R., Ravina B.
Published By: Demos Medical Publishing, Inc 2007

Chapter Title: Futility Clinical Trials in Neurology
Book Title: Progress in Neurotherapeutics and Neuropsychopharmacology
Author List: Ravina B, Palesch Y, Tilley BC
Published By: Cambridge University Press 2007