Brain Science Research Consortium

The Brain Science Research Consortium at the University of Maryland School of Medicine aims to answer complex questions in key areas of neuroscience research. This research consortium unit is bringing together some of the nation's most-probing and knowledgeable minds from psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, and other integral disciplines to offer hope for those living with neurological disorders and to further translational approaches to the study of the brain.

With groundbreaking research and aggressive approaches, BSRCU physicians, led by BSRCU Director Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI, are deciphering the brain's secrets every day in their goal of treating and curing neurological disorders and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Dr. Johnson has devoted his career to advancing the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery and determining therapies that will help in the fight against dependencies, and is a pioneer in changing the field of psychiatric medicine.

The BSRCU's most-recent breakthrough is in the field of focused ultrasound, a noninvasive procedure that uses sonic waves to treat the brain and reduce tremors. As one of the only institutions in the country pursuing this treatment in clinical trials, the unit's research is shaping how this therapy will be offered to Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and brain cancer patients in the future.

BSRCU physicians have already experienced success for Parkinson's disease patient Mrs. Kim Spletter, shown, at left, with her physician, Dr. Howard Eisenberg, MD, professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery. After receiving focused ultrasound in August 2015, she can walk again, ride her bicycle, and play with her grandson without any difficulty. See a video featuring her story by clicking here.

Gifts to the Brain Science Research Consortium support the important research being conducted by this program. Your gift is an investment in innovative research discoveries that will make a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you.

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