The Department of Neurosurgery is committed to understanding the fundamental organization of the nervous system and the translation of basic science findings to the clinical domain. Areas of active research include molecular, cellular, developmental and stem cell biology, neurogenetics, biophysics, imaging, pharmacology, and animal models of nervous system disease.

Our research programs are supported by the NIH, private foundations and endowments. Our faculty maintain strong collaborative ties with colleagues throughout Yale College and the School of Medicine.

Spine Research

Yale is at the forefront of basic science research in the area of spinal cord and nerve tissue regeneration. The other arm is clinical research where our experience with past patients is studied to determine the best treatment for future patients. 

Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Research

Through the section of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, there are a number of different research projects that seek to advance the leading edge of treatment for patients with these disorders.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) Research

The VA is largest organized health care system in the US, utilizing a nationwide electronic medical record linked to extensive clinical and administrative databases. VA Neurosurgery has an active clinical research program using the VA’s clinical and administrative databases to study processes and outcomes in neurosurgical disease and treatment.