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When you first meet Jamie Petrone, it is impossible not to notice her engaging smile and friendly personality. The 42-year-old has an optimistic outlook on life which is a bit surprising given her diagnosis of transverse myelopathy (TM), a type of spinal cord injury that has caused her to use a wheelchair for much of her life. But instead of focusing on her disability, Petrone has broken through barriers and is changing people’s perception of what it means to be disabled.

The science hope demands


We are a research institute dedicated to finding cures for chronic neurological disabilities. We translate groundbreaking research into clinical treatments so that people can see, talk, and walk again.

The longing for hope

More people than ever are living with chronic neurological issues caused by strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Their prospect for recovery too often feels hopeless, as they wait for major breakthroughs in treatments and cures. With brilliant and compassionate science that leads to life-changing cures, we can change this.

Our Role & Cause

Faculty Spotlight

Laboratory for Axonal and RNA Biology
Willis Lab focuses on sensory neuron axonal biology, particularly on how local events within the axon are important in driving normal and pathological behaviors. 
Laboratory for Cell Fate Specification and Circuit Development
The research goal of Sahni Lab is to identify molecules that can be recruited to restore functions or to take on new functions.
Laboratory for Mitochondrial Biology and Metabolic Dysfunction in Neurodegeneration
The goals of the Gibson Laboratory are to discover the underlying cause of age-related neurodegenerative diseases and to develop effective therapies.

The science hope demands

Hope demands brilliant science, and every day we translate groundbreaking research into promising neurological treatments. We put patients at the center of discovery by combining rigorous science and specialized clinics.

Our Research

Join Our Research Registry

We are looking for participants, including healthy volunteers, to join our research registry. The purpose of the research registry database is to allow investigators within the Burke Neurological Institute to recruit participants for upcoming and current clinical trials.

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Featured Clinical Trials

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In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2019
Stroke, Motor Recovery
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In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
June 1, 2019
Stroke, Motor Recovery

We renew hope

Burke Neurological Institute brings hope to those living with neurological disabilities.
We help people to see, remember, talk, write, and walk again.

Our Impact


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Awarded By: 
Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience

Recent Publication

Upcoming Event

Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale
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