Excellence in clinical care stems from advances in understanding the fundamental basis for abnormalities of the nervous system and the resulting development of new and more effective treatment strategies for nervous system disorders. For this reason, research remains an integral part of the Department of Neurology. Members of the faculty in Neurology have a broad range of research interests that span the areas of molecular biology, electrophysiology, biophysics, pharmacology, molecular genetics, immunopathology, neurotransplantation and computational neuroscience as pertaining to nervous system disorders.

The Department is highly committed to translation of basic research findings to the clinical domain and actively promotes productive interactions between clinicians and basic scientists, and provides resources for collaborative translational studies. Members of the faculty include world-renowned leaders in their fields of research who continue significantly to enhance the understanding of the nervous system and its disorders.

Centers and Programs

The Department also includes a selection of research centers and programs:

  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Center: The goal of the ADRC is to advance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease through research, clinical trials, and career development for Alzheimer researchers, community outreach and education.
  • Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair: The interdepartmental program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR) will accelerate the pace of Yale’s research on neurodegenerative diseases and nerve injury and repair.
  • Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research: The CNRR is a model of inter-institutional cooperation that brings together the strengths of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Spinal Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Yale University School of Medicine in a collaborative effort, toward the development of effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and related disorders such as neuropathic pain syndromes, ischemic stroke and TBI.
  • Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research: The Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research is a 'virtual center' comprised of researchers across departments and schools at Yale with common interests.
  • Clinical Neurosciences Imaging Center: The Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC) provides an integrated core for collaborative research on disorders of the nervous system.
  • Program in Clinical & Translational Neuromuscular Research: This translational research program is focused on bridging the gap between clinical care and the basic sciences in neuromuscular disorders. 
  • Yale Center for Experimental Neuroimaging: The mission of YCEN is to foster interactions between Yale investigators who use advanced microscopy and in vivo imaging tools to study the physiology and pathology of the central and peripheral nervous systems.