Neurology Research

Neurology Research


Neurosciences Center at Children's Health℠, collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Neurology at UT Southwestern is committed to patient care, education and research. The department provides comprehensive diagnosis and management for patients, from newborn to late adolescence, who have disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves or muscles. Team members specialize in providing neurological care, consultations and second opinions for children afflicted by virtually any neurological disorder.

Led by Chief of Neurology, Berge Minassian, M.D., the Division offers a range of world-class programs, providing the highest level of care to children with conditions across the neurological and developmental spectrum. From our nationally recognized Epilepsy Center to transformative research in spinal cord disorders, the expertise at Children’s Health is improving the lives of our patients and their families.

Research Highlights 

The Division of Pediatric Neurology conducts translational neurologic research and clinical trials. Current studies focus on five areas of clinical study:

  • Metabolic disorders of the nervous system
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Pediatric epilepsy
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Patients with autism and related disorders.

In 2015, the National Institute of Health awarded UT Southwestern a $7.8 million grant to establish the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative research Center. The center is one of six nationwide and is dedicated to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The UT Southwestern Wellstone Center research team, led by Eric Olson, M.D., will explore the gene-editing techniques to develop new treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Susan Iannaconne, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s Health and Professor of Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Neurotherapeutics, at UT Southwestern will serve as Associate Director.