The Rhode Island Hospital Division of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology leads and participates in multidisciplinary research in clinical neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, genetics and neuroimaging.
The translational research is designed to be clinically relevant and patient focused, providing a window to better understanding the brain/behavior relationship.
Management of Seizures
A significant number of patients with seizure disorders continue to have seizures. The goal of this study is to develop a treatment to improve coping and quality of life for patients who have persistent seizures.
Biomarkers for Nonepileptic Seizures
This ongoing study examines biological markers for patients who experience nonepileptic seizures (NES). This study is one part of a program to develop better diagnostic tools for patients with NES.
Neuroimaging, Cognitive Function, and Depression in Epilepsy
Many patients with epilepsy experience depression. The relationship between epilepsy and depression is unclear. The goal of the study is to better understand if certain aspects of cognitive functioning (i.e., executive dysfunction) and brain structure may place an individual at greater risk for depression.
Results may lead to better identification of individuals at risk for depression and inform future treatments for depression in patients with epilepsy.
Concussion and Biomarkers
Concussions commonly occur in high school and college athletes. This study examines advanced neuroimaging techniques, cognitive testing, and clinical symptoms in athletes. The findings may advance understanding of brain function in mild traumatic brain injury.
For more information about ongoing studies, please call 401-444-3942.