Welcome to IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology. Founded in 1948, our department has always had a strong clinical teaching identity. We have been recognized as a model among U.S. medical schools for encouraging interest in the field of neurology with the highest percentage of students choosing this specialty. Department faculty include nationally recognized experts, and research funding is strong, especially in the areas of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Learn more about how we maintain these areas of strength and capitalize on new opportunities for growth below.
The Department of Neurology recently assumed a spot in the top 25 NIH-funded neurology departments in the country. We are focused on numerous areas of research, including dementias, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuropsychology, pediatric neurology and stroke. Our department is home to the nation’s most comprehensive study of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in addition to innovative investigations in a wide array of therapeutic areas are supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), Aging, and the National Science Foundation. Our many dynamic subspecialty programs are currently supported by nearly $80 million in extramural support, including more than $27 million dollars in NIH grant support from the National Institute on Aging, the NINDS and the NIAA. Faculty also partner extensively with other academic medical centers and the pharmaceutical industry, with more than $48 million in clinical trial agreements. Among the 20 clinical departments at the school, Neurology ranks near the very top in clinical trials per investigator.
The Department of Neurology participates in the training of medical students as well as resident physicians and fellows. We generate the largest number of medical students entering the profession of neurology annually (disproportionate to our large medical school). For several decades, the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) have recognized this department as one of the premier groups nationally that has consistently attracted students into the field. Led by nationally and internationally recognized experts in neurology care and research, education programs of this department cover the full range of neurological specialties, including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, neuroinfectious disease, neuromuscular disorders, dementia, neuro-oncology, neurotoxicology and sleep disorders.
Physician educators in the department are focused on better understanding neurological conditions in children, adolescents and adults in order to improve prevention and treatments. Neurology is housed in a state-of-the-art neuroscience hub, where patients have access to multi-disciplinary care that includes teams from neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and other specialties. The clinical space is connected to a 138,000-square-foot neuroscience research building, facilitating collaboration between physicians and scientists. Clinical care facilities include IU Health Neuroscience Center, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North and West Hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health and Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We invite you to learn more about our department and distinctive collaborations that uniquely position our faculty and trainees to make a lasting impact in the lives of patients.
Chair, Department of Neurology, IU School of Medicine