The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology faculty who specialize in neuromuscular medicine provide learning opportunities for students, residents and fellows; both clinical trials and basic science research; clinical care for patients with complex neuromuscular conditions through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's affiliated care sites. We offer comprehensive care to patients with conditions such as the muscular dystrophies, motor neuron disease (e.g., Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and the neuropathies. We have a strong research program in genetics and basic science of neuromuscular disorders.
Opportunities are available for Northwestern undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate training in the neurogenetics research lab, directed by Teepu Siddique, MD. We do have an ACGME approved neuromuscular medicine fellowship program with two spots available: one for pediatric neuromuscular training and one for adult neuromuscular training. Fellows are exposed to a wide array of inpatient and outpatient neuromuscular disorders by rotating through the multidisciplinary ALS and MDA clinics, the neuropathy clinic, and during inpatient consults. Highlights of the fellowship program include training in electrodiagnostic studies muscle and nerve pathology, as well as the opportunity to work with clinical and research protocols, and the potential for a second research year.
Our division provides extensive research opportunities for students, doctoral candidate and post-doctoral fellows in basic science in the laboratory of Dr. Teepu Siddique.
The clinical arm also has an active research component that includes clinical trials and basic science research. Current and recently completed trials include:
- NIH Ceftriaxone Trial
- Knopp/Biogen Idec Trial of Dexpramipexole
- Quality of Life in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): The Effect of Exercise and Caloric Expenditure
- The Prevalence and Characteristics of Pain in Early and Late Stages of ALS
- A Longitudinal Study of Diffusion Tensor MRI in ALS Patients
- SOD1 Inhibition by Pyrimethamine in FALS
- Neurx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS) Post-approval Study (PAS)
Recent collaborations include those with neuro-ophthalmology, neurophysiology, neuropathology, neurobehavior, and pharmacology.
Through Feinberg-affiliated care site, our faculty members see patients with a variety of neuromuscular conditions, including ALS, frontotemporal dementia and ALS (ALS/FTD), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), the hereditary spastic parapareses (HSP), the muscular dystrophies, peripheral neuropathies, myasthenia gravis, muscle diseases and related disorders in multidisciplinary clinics, as well as in the inpatient setting. There is close collaboration with colleagues in pulmonology and sleep medicine, speech pathology, neuropsychology, and others.
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