The Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic is focusing research on neurological diseases such as MS, ALS and Parkinson's disease. Applying the latest in neurology research to diagnose and treat people with brain and nervous system disorders

Specialized clinician researchers in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic collaborate to carry therapeutic concepts from inception as ideas, through safety and efficacy testing, to development as effective treatments for epilepsy, movement disorders, dementias, stroke, neuro-oncology, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.


The Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic is engaged in basic and clinical research to understand the underlying cause of complex neurological diseases and conditions and translate research discoveries into new treatments. As research, education and practice intersects, Mayo Clinic is redefining the future of patient care by developing more-effective, less-invasive and cost-effective treatments.

Mayo Clinic's model of care is defined by teamwork with research as an integral part. Our unique culture of collaboration and teamwork speeds the transformation of promising laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments for patients with brain and nervous system disorders. This integrated, focused cooperation enables researchers to carry therapeutic concepts through several stages — from their inception as ideas, through safety and efficacy testing, to their development and adoption as clinical care options.

Highly collaborative research efforts span Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; Rochester, Minnesota; and dozens of collaborating institutions throughout the world. Collectively, this work enables the neurology researchers to apply the latest in research to treat epilepsy, stroke, chronic pain and migraine; neuromuscular diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease; and studies of cancers of the brain and nervous system (neuro-oncology).

Nationally recognized for excellence

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Mayo Clinic physician-scientists collaborate with researchers worldwide, contributing to advances in medicine that improve neurological care for people everywhere. Mayo Clinic is also recognized for high-quality neurological subspecialty care, research and education by several national organizations, including the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) and The Joint Commission Stroke Certification. Mayo Clinic is an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence, an National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and a GBS/CIDP — Guillain-Barre Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy — Foundation International Center of Excellence.


Investigators in the Department of Neurology are affiliated with these Mayo Clinic research centers: