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Research Program

The first year of neurology training will include eight weeks of research time. Residents with established research interests can choose a lab and get going. Residents without established interests can take two four-week rotations in lab research, clinical research, or both. The program provides guidance both to the resident group in planned seminars and to individuals. The division chief and program directors are also always available to help guide this process. Research activities can then be pursued during elective time in the second and third years of the program, if desired. Clinical research activities of the Division of Child Neurology include:

  • Medical treatment of epilepsy and headache
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Anticonvulsant metabolism
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Behavior and cognition in pediatric epilepsy
  • Treatment of muscular dystrophy
  • Causes and treatment of stroke in childhood
  • Causes and treatment of inflammatory nervous symptom disease

Clinical research is a major component of the Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders (NDRD), which is affiliated with Child Neurology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Child Development.

The basic research activities of the division include neurodevelopmental and immunological studies. Developmental studies include:

Immunological studies involve creating a cancer-targeted virus and using it as an immunological adjuvant to treat and prevent cancer.

In addition, UPMC has an outstanding and very large neuroscience community. Mentors and projects are available to child neurology residents through multiple neuroscience communities:

A research project is required of all residents in the program.  Residents are paired with mentors during the first year of the program. The mentor will assist the resident in developing a project that can be completed during the three years of the program. The project can be clinical or laboratory-based. Residents are encouraged to prepare their projects for presentation at national meetings and for publication.

Last Update
July 21, 2013
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Last Update
July 21, 2013