Known for its cutting-edge research, the Department of Neurology has more than $10 million in grants that fund a wide variety of research topics. It is among a small number of programs nationally that offer advanced management and treatment modalities to patients with Parkinson's disease and movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, spasticity and neuromuscular disease. The Department also provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation services.
Faculty members instruct in courses throughout all four years of undergraduate medical education. Though few medical students will choose careers specializing in medical or surgical neurology or in the basic neurosciences, all medical graduates must have substantial understanding of the basic structure and function of the nervous system in order to perform a satisfactory neurological examination, recognize and treat the many common neurological disorders and know when to refer the patient to a neurological specialist. Of special importance is the ability to distinguish between functional and organic neurological symptoms or signs.
The discipline of neurology has maintained close ties with basic science and, by its complex but logical nature, has typified the most scholarly aspects of medicine. Recent methodological and scientific advances have created a new and therapeutically oriented specialty that is fully represented in the philosophy and goals of this department.