About Our Research Program

Neurosurgery offers a unique perspective on the “bench to bedside” principle. Fostering this bridge between clinical and basic neuroscience is a major goal of our department. We maintain diverse research programs that range from pure laboratory investigations to an array clinical studies. Underpinning our translational effort is a strong emphasis on the principles and methodologies of fundamental neuroscience. Accordingly, our investigators hold joint appointments in basic science departments, or maintain close collaborative ties with investigators of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Our academic emphasis has allowed the Department of Neurosurgery to attract numerous PhD, MD-PhD, and post-doctoral trainees, and to maintain funding from the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years. Sought after for peer review, our faculty sit on NIH study sections, and serve as editors or referees for numerous academic journals.

The mentoring of students, residents and junior faculty is a high priority of our research program. We strive to train independent principal investigators, so that they can ultimately attract their own grant support and trainees. Individual mentoring is stressed, and is complemented by a program of journal clubs, seminars, and joint laboratory meetings. There are manifold academic opportunities for neurosurgical residents, who can spend their fifth year entirely engaged in laboratory or clinical research. This emphasis has enabled our residency program to attract applications from exceptional medical students and helped send our residents on to academic careers. Indeed, the great majority of our residency graduates can be found in university departments of neurosurgery.

We invite you to explore this section to learn more about our basic science laboratories and the clinical trials being conducted by our faculty and residents.