Clinical Services

In the Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology, we see the whole picture, not just the individual neurological disorder. Our experts work across the continuum of research, education and practice to provide exactly the care each patient needs.

To advance Mayo Clinic's tradition of groundbreaking progress, the center continues to perfect the delivery of care and deploy the critical infrastructure necessary to support translational innovations. To achieve the Mayo Clinic Model of Care, the center brings all of Mayo Clinic's resources to bear, including neurology, immunology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, genetics, pathology, biochemistry, and laboratory medicine. The center itself doesn't treat patients but refers each person to precisely the right physician for the situation.

The collaborative approach embraced by the Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology breaks down traditional borders of such neurological subspecialties as neuro-oncology, stroke, epilepsy, behavioral neurology and movement disorders. This allows physician-researchers to find connections across a broad spectrum of disease and target common underlying mechanisms. The related Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest departments of its kind in the world, with more than 200 subspecialized experts.

Critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure supports clinical services offered to patients with multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, autoimmune encephalitis, and other neurological conditions and diseases.

  • Bioinformatics infrastructure and personnel. Now in the era of big data, new investigations require bioinformatics and statistical analyses to derive meaning from massive amounts of information. With the right tools and specialized talent at the ready, our experts can access the information they need more efficiently and effectively, ultimately benefiting drug discovery and human clinical trials.
  • Molecular imaging. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), our scientists can detect the interactions of immune cells with central nervous system cells and better understand what mechanisms are at play in both the destruction and repair of cells and tissues. Optimizing brain imaging technology is key to advancing research and measuring success.
  • Clinical trials. Investigators in the center are involved in numerous clinical trials that focus on translational diagnostic and therapeutic research programs across the three campuses of Mayo Clinic — in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. This breadth gives the Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology a broad geographic reach and diverse patient populations, with the opportunity to participate in breakthrough research.

The diversity of conditions and the number of patients we see with autoimmune neurological conditions is unmatched. The Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology is a highly sought-after destination for patient care and a trusted resource for physician consultation.