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Programs & Centers

The Department of Neurology is internally organized by specific programs, but also is an important contributor to clinical and research centers, which are multi-disciplinary and bring together basic and clinical researchers from multiple departments to translate basic research findings into improved treatment that enhances clinical outcomes.  

Departmental Programs and Emory Centers are not mutually exclusive, but exist to identify how specific missions are identified are implemented, both within Neurology and across departments with shared research and clinical interests.

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegeneration is a common theme of many nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, head trauma, epilepsy and stroke. These disorders are devastating and expensive, with annual costs currently exceeding several hundred billion dollars in the United States alone, and current treatments are inadequate. Adding to the urgency of the problem is the fact that the incidence of these age-related disorders is increasing rapidly as population demographics change.
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Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology Program

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and affiliated Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology Program at Emory Universityconsists of a multi-specialty group of physicians, neuropsychologists, nurses, and social worker with specialists from Neurology, Psychiatry, Pathology, and other departments from both Emory and Morehouse Medical Schools. The program specializes in treating patients with memory loss, dementia, and cognitive dysfunction and has several ongoing research projects. Specific interests include Alzheimer's disease, familial dementias and genetic studies, mild cognitive impairment, cholinergics and anticholinergics in delirium and dementia, vascular dementia, epidemiology of dementia in African-Americans, management of behavioral and psychotic symptoms, dementia associated with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and other movement disorders.
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Emory ADRC

The Emory Alzheimer¿s Disease Research Center (ADRC), located in Atlanta, GA is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Through this grant Georgia and surrounding states are provided with outstanding clinical, research, and educational programs on normal age related memory loss, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer¿s disease.
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Emory ALS Center

The EMORY ALS Center is designed and dedicated to providing comprehensive care for people and families with ALS and related motor neuron diseases. Emory is recognized nationally as an ALS referral center by both the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the ALS Association. Since its initiation in 1997, the Emory ALS Center has grown to be one of the premier centers for ALS care in the United States. In addition, Emory has been selected by the MDA as one of five national centers as part of a Clinical Research Network to speed and support ALS research.
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Epilepsy Program

The Emory University Epilepsy Program is a multi-specialty group of physicians, neuropsychologists, and nurses from the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Radiology. The Epilepsy Program provides specialized clinical care in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures, epilepsy, and conditions that may mimic epilepsy. The Epilepsy Program covers three hospitals and their outpatient clinics: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Midtown Hospital, and Grady Hospital.
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Movement Disorders

Movement disorders are neurological diseases characterized by an abnormality of motor control because of diminished voluntary movements or increased involuntary movements. Movement disorders are generally classified as akinetic-rigid syndromes or hyperkinetic disorders. Akinetic-rigid disorders are diseases where patients have slowness of voluntary movement and muscle rigidity (stiffness) or, in general, diminished and slowed automatic movements (such as eye blinking or arm swing when walking). The most common of these disorders is Parkinson¿s disease (PD) but others include: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and corticobasal ganglionic degeneration. Hyperkinetic disorders include diseases where there is too much movement and best known of these are Huntington¿s disease (HD), Tourette¿s syndrome (TS), essential tremor (ET), and dystonia.
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Multiple Sclerosis

The Department of Neurology at Emory Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Neil Lava, established a Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis clinic in 2008. This clinic is available to anyone with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, possible multiple sclerosis, or other similar diseases. Our goal is to make neurological care at Emory Clinic easily accessible, as multiple sclerosis can be very complex and frightening. We strive to offer comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care to patients in need. With the addition of Dr. William Tyor to the Department of Neurology faculty in late 2008, the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis clinic has become part of the Emory MS Center, co-directed by Drs. Lava and Tyor.
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Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology Program in the Department of Neurology is an active participant in each of the three primary missions of Emory University: Clinical Service, Research, Education
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Neurorehabilitation Program

The Neurorehabilitation Program is a small but growing, interdisciplinary program with collaborative activities across a number of Atlanta-area institutions.
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Neurovascular/Stroke Program

The Emory University Stroke Center serves as a major primary care and tertiary referral center for patients with Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases from Atlanta, throughout Georgia, and much of the Southeast. The Center consists of a multi-specialty group of physicians who provide expert care in the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral venous thrombosis, carotid stenosis, and intracranial arterial stenosis.
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Sleep Disorders Program

The Emory Program in Sleep is a program of academicians interested in sleep from a variety of perspectives including: behavioral, historical, cultural, and biological. It includes a diverse faculty from across Emory College, Emory School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Center, and Emory Healthcare. Together, we are committed to understanding sleep disorders and the importance of sleep health in our society.
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Stroke

The Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases at Emory University serves as a major tertiary referral center for patients extending from Atlanta throughout much of the Southeast. Our Division consists of neurology specialists Board-certified in Vascular Neurology who provide expert care in the evaluation and treatment of patients with all kinds of cerebrovascular diseases, including the following:
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Vestibular Program

The Dizziness and Balance Center at Emory consists of a multi-specialty group of physicians and physical therapists with specialists from Neurology, Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. The Center specializes in treating patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders and has several ongoing research projects. Specific interests include Meniere's disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, ototoxicity, nystagmus, balance and falls.
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