UAB Neurology specialists are conducting research with the goal of finding a “neuroprotective” drug that could slow the progress of neurological diseases. Laboratory studies seek to understand the root causes of Parkinson disease and to identify means of slowing the degeneration. UAB scientists also are studying the genes that have been found to contribute to the disease.
UAB Neurology has advanced the way physicians test for epilepsy. New MRI techniques developed at UAB help to identify patients who could be helped by surgery. The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EGPG) Trial is working on the DNA factor in epilepsy. And clinical trials with numerous anti-convulsion drugs have resulted in new treatments and new ways to avoid side effects.
UAB is finding increasing uses for deep brain stimulation (DBS) to help patients recover speech, movement, and memory.
A UAB physician invented a hands-free device that detects blood flow in the brain. This device can aid doctors on-site and help patients who cannot take dye contrast for other tests.
UAB is currently working on ultrasound to send pressure waves that non-invasively jostle and break blood clots to restore blood flow.