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The Drexel Neurosciences Institute, led by Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, is dedicated to advancing neuroscience care, education and research. The Institute brings together some of the nation's most experienced neurologists, neurosurgeons and researchers, providing patients with access to the latest procedures and most advanced technologies.

The Drexel Neurosciences Institute is an innovative collaboration between Drexel University College of Medicine and Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI). The collaboration harnesses the long history of academic excellence and commitment to research at Drexel University College of Medicine with the extensive experience of GNI's neurosurgeons and neurologists.

Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FACS, FAAN, FAHA

Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, FACS, FAAN, FAHA
The Drexel Neurosciences Institute is led by Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu, one of the most experienced cerebrovascular neurosurgeons in the country. In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Vez, as he is known, is the primary investigator of numerous clinical and basic science studies related to cerebrovascular disease and is a nationally recognized academic leader in the area of cerebrovascular care. His expertise includes the treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, stroke, chiari malformations and other potentially fatal conditions of the brain and cerebrovascular conditions.

College of Medicine students benefit from this collaboration through a valuable and unique learning experience. They learn from general and subspecialty neurologists as well as a team of neurosurgeons who are among an elite group of dual-trained vascular neurosurgeons. This enables them to perform conventional neurosurgery as well as minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery and to impart this knowledge to Drexel's medical and graduate students.

The Institute's interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience leverages the following departments and programs at the College of Medicine:

  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Neurology Residency
  • Cerebrovascular/Endovascular Neurosurgical Fellowship
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship – EEG/EMG
  • Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
  • Movement Disorders Fellowship

Research at the Drexel Neurosciences Institute

The Drexel Neurosciences Institute performs innovative research in the College of Medicine's state-of-the-art laboratories. Researchers explore the basic sciences and perform translational research to provide patients with access to important clinical trials. Students work closely with Drexel neurologists and researchers, known for their groundbreaking work on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and chronic pain. It's our goal to advance the scientific understanding of neurodegenerative disease, stroke, brain tumors and other serious neurologic conditions — while also providing life-changing care and treatment.

Current research and clinical trials at the Institute focus on:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Pain
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Sleep medicine
  • Stroke

News and Announcements

G. Peter Gliebus, MD, Named Chair of Neurology

G. Peter Gliebus, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Gliebus joined the College of Medicine in 2015 and has served with distinction as interim chair since March 2017. He is an associate professor of neurology, director of the Cognitive Disorders Center at Drexel Neurosciences Institute, and program director for the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship.

Teaching Honors Received

Yasir Al Khalili, MD, a current neurophysiology fellow and former neurology resident, has been nominated by medical students for a 2108 Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

2017 CURE Awardees

James Barrett, PhD, and colleagues in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, are recipients of a 2017 CURE grant for "Chronic Pain and Cardiovascular Disease." See all 2017 CURE awardees.

"5 Things You Didn’t Know About Epilepsy"

During Epilepsy Awareness Month, Carla LoPinto-Khoury, MD, a neurologist and assistant professor in the College of Medicine, explains the many faces of the condition. 

NeuroNotes Newsletter

Drexel Neurosciences Institute NeuroNotes: Alzheimer's Disease, Epilepsy, Stroke and More
Read the May edition of the NeuroNotes newsletter featuring the latest news and information from Drexel Neurosciences Institute (DNI). DNI is dedicated to advancing neuroscience care, education and research. Click on the subscribe link at the top of the page to begin receiving NeuroNotes through your email.

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