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Message from the Chair

The Department of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine is passionate about preserving and improving neurological health, through clinical practice, education, and research (our mission). We aspire to be the pre-eminent providers of neurological care in New Orleans and the State of Louisiana, and a Gulf Coast regional destination for innovative care solutions and teaching in targeted programmatic specialties (our Vision). We will fulfill our mission, and achieve our vision, by providing superior access, service, and care coordination, through teamwork, integration, and collaboration, in partnership with the Department of Neurosurgery via the Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences model.  

Also with the Tulane Clinical Neuroscience Research Center, we are developing a robust and novel experimental therapeutics pipeline, to address a multitude of unsolved neurological problems. As an example we are querying EMR registries to identify underserved populations, in support of public health initiatives to prevent cognitive decline and dementia using dietary, lifestyle, behavioral, and personalized medicine approaches (as part of the Tulane Healthy Brain Aging Initiative, and in collaboration also with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine). We are also developing a national network of EMR registries, to identify, track, and study nonagenarians who are exceptionally cognitively, physically, and biologically fit for their age (in collaboration with the Tulane Center on Aging). We are also collaborating with translational neuroscientists in the Tulane Brain Institute, the Tulane Primate Center, and with Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, to explore the feasibility of dietary and gut microbiota targeted treatments as a method of preventing cognitive decline, complications of Parkinson’s disease therapy, stroke recurrence, and multiple sclerosis exacerbations.

In closing, I hope for Tulane Neurology to be a loving, kind, and welcoming department, where diverse views and approaches are encouraged; a dedicated place of learning; and a safe place to deliver and receive highly satisfying care of the best quality. And should we innovate medicine even a little bit in the course of that work, it would be icing on the cake.

Demetrius M. Maraganore, MD, FAAN
Chair of the Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Herbert J. Harvey, Jr. Chair in Neurosciences
Co-director of the Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences
Tulane University School of Medicine