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Office of the Clinical Director

Dr. Avi NathWelcome to the NINDS Intramural Clinical Neuroscience Program (CNP). The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. The CNP consists of clinical research groups that support the NINDS mission by integrating clinical and basic neuroscience research to help translate scientific discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing neurological disease and disorders.  As part of this mission, our physician-scientists and clinical research teams seek to provide our patients with the highest level of care while offering the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of clinical studies.

Here you will find information about the clinics and healthcare teams offering diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders at NINDS. You will also find details of the large number of clinical ties that currently ongoing in a variety of neurological disorders through our clinical research programs. Our multi-disciplinary teams have expertise in the management of several common and rare neurological disorders, and our integrated programs offer both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic evaluations and treatment at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research.

We welcome you to contact our coordinators for more information and to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to providing you with the best care available, and welcome your comments, questions, and participation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Avindra Nath
Clinical Director, NINDS


The Clinical Neuroscience Program (CNP)

The CNP is comprised of clinical research groups organized within a multitude of branches, sections, units and clinics focusing on disease mechanisms and treatment of a variety of neurological disorders. The research methods within each group range from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, neurophysiology, imaging to clinical trials. The program offers a unique environment for clinicians and physician-scientists working within the NIH Clinical Center, the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research and a unique training environment for the next generation of clinician-scientists. As a whole the program works to expedite the translation of scientific discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating and preventing neurological disease and disorders. A large number of clinical studies are currently ongoing in a variety of neurological disorders; details of which can be accessed through www.clinicaltrials.gov.


Contact Information

Office of the Clinical Director, NINDS, NIH 
10 Center Drive, Bldg. 10, Rm. 7C103
Mail Stop 1430
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-1561
Fax: (301) 402-1007
ClinicalDirector@ninds.nih.gov


Past Clinical Directors: 
Mary Kay Floeter, M.D., Ph.D. (Acting) 2007-2011
Henry McFarland, M.D. 2001-2007
Guy McKhann, M.D. 2000-2001
Mark Hallett, M.D. 1984-2000
Paul Kornblith, M.D. (Acting) 1983
Dale McFarlin, M.D. (Acting) 1982
Donald Calne, D.M. 1974-1981
John van Buren, M.D. (Acting) 1971-1974
Maitland Baldwin, M.D. 1961-1970
G. Milton Shy, M.D. 1953-1960


Assistant Clinical Directors:
Dr. Tanya Lekhy, Assistant Clinical Director of Medical Affairs
Dr. Dietrich Haubenberger, Assistant Clinical Director of Clinical Research
Dr. Omar Khan, Assistant Clinical Director of Medical Education

Under the Office of the Clinical Director is the Clinical Trials Unit
Directed by Dr. Dietrich Haubenberger
The Clinical Trials Unit provides assistance with protocol navigation, regulatory affairs, data management, 
biostatistics and bioinformatics, and in trial design and monitoring of early phase clinical trials.