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
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
- Memory disorders
- Movement disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's disease
- Sleep medicine
News and Announcements
Congratulations to Drs. Karen S. Carvalho* (Child Neurology), Agustin Legido* (Child Neurology) and Joseph J. Melvin* (Child Neurology) who were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)
*This physician is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.
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.
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.
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In the Media
May 2018: Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, director of the Drexel Neurosciences Institute, was quoted in a Davis Enterprise (Yolo County, California) article about whether hospitals have specialized stroke centers.
February 21, 2018: G. Peter Gliebus, MD, interim chair and assistant professor of neurology, Drexel Neurosciences Institute, was quoted in a CNN.com story about a new gait test that can be used to diagnose a certain type of dementia.
January 11, 2018: Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, director of the Drexel Neurosciences Institute, was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about Crozer-Keystone Health System partnering with Global Neurosciences Institute, which he leads.
April 10, 2017: G. Peter Gliebus, MD, interim chair of neurology and director of the Cognitive Disorders Center at Drexel Neurosciences Institute, authored an opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer about how finding a cure for Alzheimer’s will require the public’s participation in clinical trials.
January/February 2017: Jill Giordano Farmer, MD, assistant professor of neurology with Drexel Neurosciences Institute, authored an article about risk factors for Parkinson's disease in Practical Neurology.
April 24, 2016: The Drexel Neurosciences Institute, and its participation in the A4 Alzheimer's disease study, was featured in a Philly Voice story.
April 14, 2016: The Drexel Neurosciences Institute and its participation in the A4 Study, a nationwide clinical trial testing an experimental Alzheimer's drug, was featured in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story.
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