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World Class Research Opportunity

The University of Massachusetts Medical School ranks 29th 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 with the recruitment of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. in 2008 has brought an expansion in faculty, facilities and resources and further strengthened the Departments 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.

Neurology Research at UMass Medical School

Residents are provided with numerous exciting opportunities to work on scholarship projects and the department has a Resident Research Advisory Committee, currently Co-Chaired by Dr. Kara Smith and Dr. Chris Hemond, that is composed of dynamic and experienced clinician-scientists/researchers whose mission it is to facilitate and encourage research and scholarship activity by the residents.  Residents are provided with a database of proposed and ongoing research projects with detailed information about the investigators, their areas of interest, specific time demands and projected outcomes and contact information. The committee also provides resources, didactic sessions and up to date information about research or research methodology training or learning opportunities within the UMASS community and individualized mentorship.  At the end of the year, the Department of Neurology holds its Annual Resident and Fellow Research Celebration which includes faculty presentations about the history of research in the department and platform and poster sessions where the residents are given the opportunity to showcase their work and hone their presentation skills.  

Our new neurology research track provides selected residents with blocked elective time/protected research time, resources, support and individualized mentorship to pursue a worthy research project and applying for research grants with the goal of laying the groundwork towards establishing a career as an academic clinician-scientist.