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Research is a major focus of our division, with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment, especially for neurological conditions that are difficult to treat. The interchange between basic science, clinical research and practice creates exceptional possibilities to uncover the mysteries behind neurological conditions in children and adults.

Below are a few of the research projects we are conducting. For more on neurology-related research in general, visit the UCSD Department of Neurosciences Research Page.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Movement Disorders

Mitochondrial Disease

Brain Tumors


See also: Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment.

Examples of recent publications by our faculty include:

  • Ng R, Bellugi U, Trauner D. Associations Between Social Functioning, ADHD Symptomatology, and Emotion Functioning in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams Syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Feb;79:69-71.
  • Gold JJ, Trauner DA. Hippocampal volume and memory performance in children with perinatal stroke. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Jan;50(1):18-25.
  • Karaa A, Haas R, Goldstein A, Vockley J, Weaver WD, Cohen BH. Randomized dose-escalation trial of elamipretide in adults with primary mitochondrial myopathy. Neurology. 2018 Apr 3;90(14):e1212-e1221.
    Song S, Gleeson JG. Early life experience shapes neural genome. Science. 2018 Mar 23;359(6382):1330-1331
  • Chai G, Gleeson JG. A newly discovered mechanism driving neuronal mutations in Alzheimer's disease. Nature. 2018 Nov;563(7733):631-632.
  • Friedman J, Feigenbaum A, Chuang N, Silhavy J, Gleeson JG. Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex-E2 deficiency causes paroxysmal exercise-induced dyskinesia. Neurology. 2017 Nov 28;89(22):2297-2298.
  • Friedman JR. What Is Not in the Name? Dopa-Responsive Dystonia May Respond to More Than L-Dopa. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Jun;59:76-80.