Over the past several years, members of the Department of Neurology at the University of Toledo have conducted a number of basic science research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as disease-specific granting agencies in the areas of epilepsy, stroke, headache, movement disorders and dementia. Projects have included the role of inflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules in stroke and in migraine, the function of specific amyloid precursor proteins and peptides in Alzheimers disease, the actions of glucocorticoids in brain and muscle, and the role of adenosine in the basic mechanisms of epilepsy.
The Department also participates in NIH- and pharmaceutical industry-sponsored multicenter clinical trials involving patients with diabetic neuropathy, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and acute ischemic stroke. A number of these research projects involve collaboration between Department members and colleagues in other UT clinical and basic science departments. A list of currently active research protocols can be found associated with each clinical program or laboratory page.
The Research and Grants Administration has a multitude of resources available on line to assist in the preparation and submission of research proposals, as well as links to the major granting agencies.
The University of Toledo sponsors an M.D./Ph.D. program for medical students interested in both basic science research and clinical medicine. For many of these students, working in a Neurology Department laboratory during graduate training provides an excellent means of combining these interests, and such students often go on to specialize in Neurology during their residency training.