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Research Program

The first year of neurology training includes 8 weeks of research time that will serve as a starting point for a research project that is to be completed by graduation. Dr. Stephen Maricich directs the Neurology Resident Research Elective Program and will provide individual guidance to residents to help in their selections of mentors and projects. The division chief and program directors are also available to help guide this process. Substantial opportunities for clinical research within the Division of Child Neurology include projects in epilepsy, headache, inflammatory nervous symptom disease, metabolism, neuroimaging, neuromuscular disorders and childhood stroke. Clinical research is also 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. Basic research activities of the division are focused on demyelinating disorders, neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and the development of novel immunological approaches to treat and prevent cancer. In addition, UPMC has a large, outstanding neuroscience community in the Departments of Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Research Elective Program includes a monthly seminar series designed to teach fundamental approaches for basic and clinical research, and to provide a venue for the residents to present and discuss the findings of their projects. Residents are encouraged to prepare their projects for presentation at national meetings and for publication.

Last Update
August 18, 2014
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Last Update
August 18, 2014
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