The Program for Neurology Research & Discovery (PNR&D) is the laboratory of Dr. Eva Feldman, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School and the director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. Under Dr. Feldman’s direction, the PNR&D’s 30-plus scientists, clinicians, and students are working toward the common aim of understanding and curing neurological diseases.
The PNR&D has three primary goals:
- To advance our understanding of the causes of neurological diseases
- To develop new treatment options for our patients
- To provide information to the community about the importance of basic scientific research to the understanding of disease and development of new treatments
Neurological diseases are life-altering conditions resulting from the deterioration of the nervous system. Many people are familiar with the devastating deterioration caused by neurological diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Alzheimer’s disease. This same deterioration also affects patients with diabetes (complications including diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy), traumatic injury to the nervous system, pediatric neuromuscular diseases, stroke, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Patients with neurological diseases have very few treatment options and no cures available to them. Recent scientific advances provide us with hope for a better understanding of these diseases and potential treatments.
Our research has already led to clinical trials for new treatments, and we have advanced the understanding of how and why neurological diseases develop. I invite you to learn more about our research and how you can get involved with our goal to cure neurological diseases. Thank you for your interest and support!