Neurology & Neurological Sciences Research

Stanford University is one of the top research institutions in the world.  In that tradition, the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford brings together a diverse group of highly trained and respected clinicians and scientists to collaborate in a wide range of topics in basic, clinical, and translational research. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, our researchers benefit from collaboration with leading experts in medical imaging, computer science, genomics, proteomics, stem cells, and bioengineering. Our department also benefits from being located on the main Stanford campus with collaborations across all the full range of schools and departments.

Our researchers have access to the finest shared core research resources, including the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research, the Stanford Behavioral and Functional Neuroscience Laboratory, and The Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging, one of the premiere centers in the world devoted to research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), spectroscopy (MRS) and CT imaging. 

Stanford continues to grow and provide new, exciting opportunities for research. The new Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building houses the Stanford Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute, integrating researchers from multiple specialties and disciplines including cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular medicine, transplantation, immunology, bioengineering, and developmental biology. And soon, The Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research (FCTR) will be the home for innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary clinical and translational research at the School of Medicine and the University.

Through our training program, we are committed to teaching residents in both laboratory and clinical research.  Our fellowship program offers training in many specialties including clinical neurophysiology (with subspecialty in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, or intraoperative monitoring), stroke/vascular neurology, multiple sclerosis, headache, neurocritical care, neuro-oncology, and movement disorders.

Along with laboratory research, members of our department actively engage in investigator-initiated clinical trials in addition to national and international multicenter clinical trials. Current trials include those for stroke, ependymoma, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, and memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.

Neurology research is an incredibly dynamic area of medicine. We invite you to follow our progress as we continue to explore new scientific and clinical frontiers in neuroscience.

In the spotlight

Brain Cancer Genomes
Yoon-Jae Cho, MD

Dr. Cho, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Beirne Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Neuro-oncology, utilizes rapidly evolving technologies such as whole exome and genome sequencing, to identify genetic factors that influence the growth and maintenance of medulloblastomas, the most common malignant brain tumors in children. His lab is using this genomic knowledge to develop therapies that can more precisely and effectively treat these lethal tumors while resulting in less side effects for patients.