Research Opportunities for Residents

Neuro ResearchResidency at BIDMC is about discovery: Discovery about your interests and talents, but also discovery about the nervous system, how it goes wrong in neurological disease, and what we can do to improve the outlook for our patients.

Bright and curious minds cannot be constrained by what is already known; they find that residency is a continuous series of presentations of problems that need to be solved, many of which do not have easy solutions. Our faculty are working on many of those solutions, and they welcome our residents as colleagues to join them on these voyages of discovery.

sacral spinal cordFaculty at BIDMC work on research problems in almost all of the subspecialties of neurology. They work on these problems at all levels. We have more than a dozen basic science research laboratories, investigating fields from Parkinson’s disease to epilepsy, sleep to autism, and brain tumors to peripheral neuropathies to stroke pathophysiology.

Our patients inspire a robust clinical research program in cognitive neuroscience, where we explore neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and non-invasive brain stimulation; but also in human autonomic physiology, muscle pathophysiology, and sleep physiology.

As a clinical department, we have human-based research programs focusing on:

  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fronto-temporal dementia
  • Memory disorders
  • Stroke prevention
  • Recovery from stroke
  • Concussion
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • ALS
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Autonomic disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Headache
  • Sleep disorders

The total NIH support for research in our Department in 2015 was $16,100,000, comparable to large neurology departments for entire universities (e.g., Emory, Cornell). Children’s Hospital has a similar level of support. Together, we have an R25 program that has supported over a dozen neurology residents from our programs who have done postdoctoral research training during and after their residencies. However, almost all of our residents choose to participate in research during their residency, and present this at our annual Resident Research Day.