Neuroscience Research and Clinical Trials | Peter Crino, MD, PhD, in his lab

Peter Crino, MD, PhD, (center) directs brain development research, associated with autism and epilepsy.

At the University of Maryland, our dedication to patients with debilitating neurological disorders extends beyond the compassionate care we provide. We are committed to neurological research that moves forward new treatments and ways to manage their conditions.

Our researchers are working to lighten the burdens that come with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, strokes and other neurological diseases.

The University of Maryland’s Department of Neurology is one of the top 10 programs in the country in research funding, garnering more than $10 million in grants for research.

Our faculty members’ laboratories are the front line of UM’s neurology research. Their innovative collaborations with other UM departments and outside researchers are leading to breakthroughs and new discoveries.

Neurological Research and Clinical Trials

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

UM’s research delves into the mechanisms of movement disorders, looks at potential genetic links with Parkinson’s disease and investigates the use of ultrasound instead of deep brain stimulation in movement disorders.

Multiple Sclerosis

Our MS research is investigating the use of advanced MRI technology in visualizing damage to the gray matter of the brain, degeneration of nerves and inflammation around the brain.


Clinical trials include lifestyle interventions to help patients with mild nerve disease and an exercise program that may reduce the risk of falling in people with the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and autonomic neuropathy.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Our advanced research in stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation focus exercise along with robotics as part of the rehab process.