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World Class Research

Research Track Home 2.jpgThe University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School ranks 27th out of 139 US medical schools in NIH funding and boasts its own Nobel Laureate, Lasker award recipient, two members of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine and seven Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators among others.

The Department of Neurology has a strong commitment to and already considerable history of, excellent and ground breaking clinical and translational research in the neurosciences. 

The faculty are actively engaged in basic, translational and clinical research in various neurological diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, gene therapy in neurodegenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, ischemic hemorrhagic stroke and traumatic brain injury among others

A major goal of the Neurology Residency Program is to encourage scholarly activity and the pursuit of clinical and translational research.

All residents are given an assigned research mentor when they start their PGY2 year to help assist them in a pursuit of scholarship during their time as a resident here, however it is not a mandate that resident complete any project. All residents are involved however in quality improvement projects. There is a Resident Research Advisory Committee comprised of faculty members dedicated to fostering scholarship for residents. For those residents who plan to pursue research in their career, there is a dedicated research track they may consider joining.

Annually the Department of Neurology hosts a Research Celebration, now going into it’s 8th year. This event residents, fellows, and students have the opportunity to present their work from the past year. There are three platform presentations and many poster presentations. Learners submit their abstracts and the Research Committee reviews and selects from among them. There is also a keynote speaker annually with always a historical link to the department. The 2022 keynote speaker was Dr. Sudha Seshadri, Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio Texas. She is also Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and Senior Investigator and Director of Neurology and Neurogenetics at the Framingham Heart Study. It is always a highlight of the end of the year.