Research Opportunities

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

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.

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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.

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Interventional Neuroradiology

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.

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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.

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Neuromuscular Disorders

Tulio Bertorini, 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).

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Contact Us

Department of Neurology

855 Monroe Ave, Suite 415
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6199
Fax: (901) 448-7440

Andrei V. Alexandrov, M.D.
Department of Neurology
Semmes-Murphey Professor

Paula Odom
Adult Neurology Residency
Training Coordinator

Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440