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Nigel S. Bamford

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology) and Neurology; Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Cellular & Molecular Physiology; Director, Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic, Pediatrics; Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics

Contact Information

Nigel S. Bamford

Mailing Address

  • 333 Cedar Street

    LMP 3088

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States



Dr. Bamford is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Neurology. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical; Center, receiving specific training in general pediatrics and pediatric neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York and Columbia University. He received a professorship at Columbia University and later worked as a physician-scientist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. After spending 13 years in Seattle, he moved to Connecticut in 2015, where he cares for children with neurological disease at Yale University School of Medicine. As Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology, Dr. Bamford oversees a growing and expanding division that is dedicated to serving the children of New England.

Dr. Bamford is an NIH-funded physician-scientist who spends time investigating the cause and treatment of neurological diseases in children. Dr. Bamford specializes in the treatment of children with movement disorders and uses novel optical techniques, electrophysiology, and behavioral experiments in the laboratory to determine how part of the brain called the basal ganglia, encodes normal learning and disturbances in movement. The basal ganglia represent a part of the brain that is involved in a number of debilitating neuropsychological diseases, including Tourette syndrome, tic disorder, Parkinsonism, Huntington disease, and substance dependence. He is examining the synaptic mechanisms that underlie these diseases and is evaluating pharmacological alternatives that will help improve treatment for those in need.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Movement Disorders Section, Neurological Institute (2002)
  • Resident, Pediatric Neurology
    Neurological Institute (1997)
  • Resident, Pediatrics
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1994)
  • Intern, Pediatrics
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1993)
  • Medical Student
    University of Utah School of Medicine (1992)
  • BS
    University of Utah, Electrical Engineering (1988)
  • AS
    Salt Lake Community College, Electronic Technology (1984)


  • Movement Disorders Clinic
    New Haven, United States; Old Saybrook, United States 2015
    Evaluation and Treatment of children with movement disorders

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Pediatric Residency Program Faculty Honor RollDepartment of Pediatrics2017
Yale Pediatric Residency Program Faculty Honor RollDepartment of Pediatrics2016
Editorial BoardNature Parkinson’s Disease2014
Editorial BoardPediatric Neurology2012
Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA2011
Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA2006
Nominated, Family Choice AwardSeattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA2004
Young Investigator AwardChild Neurology Society2002
Teacher of the Year AwardDepartment of Pediatrics, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY2002
Nominated, Teacher of the YearDepartment of Pediatrics, Babies and Children’s Hospital, NY, NY2001
Neurological Sciences Academic Development AwardNIH1997

Professional Service

Non-Motor Symptoms (NMS) panel of the FY20 Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s (NETP) peer review for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)Ad-hoc reviewer2020
Annals of Neurology and Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology Oversight Committee, American Neurological AssociationBoard Member2020 - Present
American Neurological AssociationFellow2020 - Present
Board of Directors, Child Neurology SocietyBoard of Directors2019 - Present
NIH Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research (P50). Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review GroupAd-hoc Member2018
NIH Sensorimotor Integration (SMI) Study Section at CSR Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review GroupAd-hoc Member2017
NIH NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program. Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review GroupAd-hoc Member2017
RLS Foundation: SMAB Research Grant CommitteeAd-hoc Member2016
NIH Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters (CNNT) Study Section. Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review GroupAd-hoc Member2016
Wilson’s Disease AssociationMember2015 - Present
NIH Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters (CNNT) Study Section. Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group2015
NIH Neurotransporters, Receptors, and Calcium Signaling (NTRC) Study Section2014
Study Section. Medical Research Foundation, Medical Research Council (MRC), London, UK2014
Medical Research Council, UKAd-hoc reviewer2014
Editorial Board, Nature Parkinson’s Disease2014 - Present
Editorial Board, Pediatric Neurology2012 - Present
International Child Neurology AssociationMember2012 - Present
International Child Neurology Association2012 - Present
Chair, Awards Committee, Child Neurology SocietyChair2010 - 2019
American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Section2010 - Present
Catecholamine Club2008 - Present
Planning Committee Member, Child Neurology SocietyMember2007 - 2019
Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Endowment Committee, Child Neurology SocietyMember2007 - 2014
Reviewer, American Medical Association Seed Grant Advisory PanelMember2006 - 2007
US Civilian Research and Development Foundation Cooperative Grants ProgramAd-hoc reviewer2005 - 2006
Awards Committee Member, Child Neurology SocietyMember2003 - 2010
Washington State Medical SocietyMember2002 - 2015
Child Neurology Society2002 - Present
American Academy of Neurology2002 - Present
Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child Neurology)2001 - 2008
Society for Neuroscience2001 - Present
Medical Society of the State of New York – YPS Diplomat2000 - 2002

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