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Expectations for PGY1 Residents
During their first year of Residency training, Residents are expected to identify one or two specific areas of research interest. Under faculty supervision, they engage in a research project during the remainder of Residency training. Up to six months of elective time can be devoted to research during the second and third years of Residency. The effort is expected to culminate in an abstract presented at a national meeting (eg. American Academy of Neurology) and a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The Resident arranges a research project with a faculty member and specifies research objectives that are realistic for the duration of time devoted. The research project must be approved by the Program Director and by the Chairman.
The Cerebrovascular Disease Center
Elias Giraldo, M.D., Director; Thaddeus Nowak, Ph.D. Laboratory Director
The Cerebrovascular Disease Center performs experimental and clinical research in the area of ischemic stroke. Research focuses on molecular mechanisms responsible for brain cell injury following cerebral hypoxia (eg. cardiac arrest), ischemia (eg. focal stroke) and altered cerebral perfusion (eg. effect of cardiac bypass pump). The Center also offers experimental therapies (eg. thrombolytic agents) and clinical expertise for a wide variety of cerebrovascular disorders.
Brain Injury Research Center
Shelly Timmons, M.D., Director
The Center is a consortium of twelve local institutions whose aims are to standardize clinical therapies, assess new (experimental) therapies, facilitate clinical and basic research in brain injury, and to heighten community awareness. Research is focused primarily on head trauma, subarachnoid hemorrhage and hemorrhagic stroke.
Scott Williams, M.D., Ph.D., Director
The Radiology Department, working closely with Neurology and Neurosurgery, offers therapeutic modalities including intracranial angioplasty, regional intracranial thrombolytic therapy and embolization of aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.
Memphis Movement Disorders Center
Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D., and Mark LeDoux, M.D., Ph.D.
A variety of clinical projects studying Parkinson's disease, dystonia, ataxia, essential tremor, and other movement disorders are available to the resident. For those residents interested in exposure to basic laboratory research, special arrangements can be made.
Tulio Bertorini, M.D. and Daniel Menkes, M.D.
Residents interested in muscle diseases can participate in clinical research at the Methodist University Hospital and Wesley Clinic (Dr. Bertorini) and at the Regional Medical Center and the UT Peripheral Neuropathy Laboratory (Dr.Menkes).
Department of Neurology
415 Link Building
855 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6199
Fax: (901) 448-7440
David M. Stern, M.D.
Tulio Bertorini, M.D.
Professor & Chairman
Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440