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Research Focus Areas

We believe in the power of research to improve and change lives.

Our faculty, residents and fellows are committed to the research enterprise, and they are actively leading and contributing to innovative studies and clinical trials in a variety of areas. To learn more, you also can visit our Currently Enrolling Studies page.

Epilepsy

Our expert faculty members are committed to improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy. One crucial way we do this is through our research and clinical trials. But we can't do it alone. We need your help!

Who can participate?
Truly anyone who is interested in participating in clinical research can volunteer. In fact, millions of people just like you volunteer to participate in research studies every day.

Why should you volunteer?
Clinical research is the final step of all medical advances. Research helps us look at new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat disease. Each research study helps doctors and scientists understand epilepsy better. Participating in research is a way to give back to the broader epilepsy community and to improve future epilepsy treatments. We invite anyone interested in volunteering for one of our research studies to get involved. Together we can help make a difference in the lives of people with epilepsy.

Here's how you can get involved
To learn more about available epilepsy research opportunities and your eligibility for studies, please contact Lauren Holland, Clinical Research Coordinator, at 913-634-2893 and lholland2@kumc.edu or speak with your epilepsy doctor.

Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
As one of only 31 Alzheimer's Disease Centers designated nationally by the National Institutes of Health, the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center has long been a leader in ground-breaking dementia research. The KU ADC offers lots of opportunities for you to get involved.

Research studies generally fall in three main categories:

  • Discovery and Innovation Studies
  • Investigational Medicine Trials
  • Exercise and Lifestyle Intervention Trials

To learn more or to enroll in a study or clinical trial, visit the KU ADC website.

Neuromuscular
Our Neuromuscular Division is one of the largest and most active research and clinical trial units in North America. We engage in a range of local, national and international studies on a variety of neuromuscular diseases and conditions.

Our mission is to better understand the natural history of the disease; improve our knowledge of disease biomarkers; and to translate research advances into improved diagnoses, care and educational resources for people with neuromuscular diseases.

Here are some of the areas we study.

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis/ Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Myositis
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • LGMD
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
  • Pompe
  • Myotonic Dystrophy

Visit the Neuromuscular Research website to learn more about us and our currently enrolling studies.

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder
We're committed to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. One of the ways we demonstrate that commitment is by offering a variety of research studies and clinical trials related to the disease. For more information, take a look at the currently enrolling studies on the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder website.

Stroke/Vascular
Our stroke and neurocritical care faculty, fellows, and residents are committed to providing exceptional care to patients and their families. Through this process we are very active in national and international clinical trials, providing volunteers an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research, advancing medical knowledge, and helping future patients. We could not do this work without our research volunteers, so your participation is very important, and we need your help!

For more information, visit our currently enrolling studies page and contact our research coordinators.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965