Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Clinical Trials

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology has numerous active clinical trials. Learn more about the trials and participation opportunities via the search results for Northwestern Neurology on clinicaltrials.govBelow are a selected list of our current active protocols.

Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease

Learn more about all our work via the Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease Center Clinical Trials page.


Neuro-Oncology

Learn more about all our work via the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Trials page.


Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Learn more about all our work via the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center clinical trials section.


Neurophysiology/Epilepsy

CoordinatorPIStudy Description
Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Elizabeth Gerard, MD

Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopment Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD): this study is looking to establish the relationship between anti-epileptic drug exposure and outcomes in mothers with epilepsy and their children. It is being conducted at 20 sites all over the United States, and is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). We are not recruiting participants anymore, but will be following current ones for 6 years.

Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Stephan Schuele, MD, MPH

Center for SUDEP Research (CSR): this study is looking to identify the electrophysiologic, molecular, and structural brain abnormalities underlying Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), in hope for prevention as well as development of potential therapeutic interventions. It is a collaboration between 14 sites across the United States and Europe funded by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as a Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies. We are recruiting participants over the age of 18, currently admitted to our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Elizabeth Gerard, MDNon-Invasive Marker of Ovarian Reserve in Woman with Epilepsy: this study is looking at reproductive markers in women of childbearing age using a finger stick. We are recruiting women with and without epilepsy, between the ages of 18 and 45.
Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Elizabeth Gerard, MDSage 301: this study is looking at the potential benefit of using allopregnanolone in patients with super-refractory status epilepticus. We are recruiting participants over the age of 18, who are currently admitted to our hospital due to status epilepticus.
Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Micheal Macken, MDASCEND: this study is looking at three different pathways of increasing stimulation after Vagal Never Stimulation (VNS) device implantation, and the associated patient satisfaction and tolerability. We are recruiting participants over the age of 18, who are scheduled to have an FDA-approved VNS device implanted.
Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Micheal Macken, MDVALOR: this study is looking at generalize tonic-clonic (GTC) seizure control for generalized epilepsies using Lacosamide. We are recruiting participants with generalized epilepsies over the age of 18, who are experiencing at least 2 GTCs per month.
Irena I. Bellinski, RN, MPH
ibellinski( at )nm.org
312-926-1672
Joel Voss, PhDTMS in Stroke: this study is looking at Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and its effect on patient memory after experiencing a stroke. We are recruiting participants over the age of 18, who are currently admitted to our hospital after a stroke.
Eva Gjorgieva
eva.gjorgieva( at )northwestern.edu
Jay Gottfried, MD, PhDSpatiotemporal Mechanisms of Olfactory Processing in the Human Brain: The main goal of our research is elucidate how the brain perceives, encodes, interprets, and remembers different smells. In collaboration with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Functional Neurosurgery teams at Northwestern, we have received NIH funding to record odor-evoked activity directly from the human brain in patients with epilepsy. Our findings may open up promising new research avenues for exploring diagnostics and prediction of functional outcomes in epilepsy.