Today, 600 million Americans* suffer from neurological disorders – disorders that cause more hospitalizations and disabilities than any other class of disease, and that exact staggering financial, emotional and societal costs. Disorders for which there are no known cures. The OHSU Department of Neurology research programs and centers conduct some of the world’s most sophisticated bench research, seeking better treatments and, ultimately, cures for neurological diseases.

Many of these endeavors are carried out through its centers of excellence that serve as hubs of coordinated, collaborative research efforts that seek to quickly move laboratory discoveries to clinical trials. These centers cover complementary and alternative medicine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, aging and Alzheimers disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and neuro-oncology, making OHSU’s Department of Neurology among the world leaders in neuroscience research, education and patient care.

*From Brain Connections, Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

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Technology and Innovation Awards


Fay Horak, PhD, Arash Salarian, PhD
APDM, Inc.
APDM is a medical technology company with a strong culture of research, development and innovation. They specialize in developing superior technologies for clinical assessment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

APDM's mission is to develop innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for people with movement disorders.Their objectives are to help accelerate the process of knowledge discovery in movement disorders, help produce faster and cheaper clinical trials with fewer subjects, and provide a superior research and clinical platform to support research and clinical practice involving continuous monitoring of movement disorders.

Inventors of Technologies Licensed

Dennis Bourdette, MD
Gail Marracci, PhD
Michael Forte, PhD
Cyclic Indecapeptides and derivatives as Multiple Sclerosis Therapies (A 2009 top 5 technology at OHSU)

Fay Horak, PhD
Arash Salarian, PhD
Instrumented Mobility Test (iMOBILITY)
Instrumented Step Test (iSTEP)
Instrumented Sway Test (iSWAY)
Instrumented Push and Release Test (iPUSH)
Instrumented Timed Up and Go Test (iTUG)

SRA Awardee

Edward Neuwelt, MD
Anti-intergrin mAb in intracerebral Tumors

US Patents Issued

Arthur Vandenbark, PhD
Methods of Selecting T Cell Receptor V Peptides for Theraputic Use
Patent# 7,462,486