Dr. Rajiv Ratan (center) and his research team at the Burke Neurological Institute.

Researchers Burke Neurological Institute have discovered that selenium, a micronutrient, can help boost the antioxidant system on the heels of stroke in animals and suggests that a similar treatment could be used to limit brain damage in patients. The findings were recently published in the May 16th issue of Cell and provide the first example of how a nutrient can be embedded in a drug to drive a broad program of cellular defenses that can tackle the many facets of stroke-induced injury.

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 Visual Disease and Therapy
Prusky lab focuses on understanding the nature of adaptive change in the nervous system in animals to apply treatments of visual dysfunction in humans.
Visual Plasticity and Repair Laboratory
Sagdullaev Lab focuses on sensory signal processing, particularly on how fundamental yet simple synaptic mechanisms underlie our perception of the world around us.
Molecular Regeneration and Neuroimaging Laboratory
Zhong Lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms that drive and direct axon growth and regeneration during early development after injury or degenerative disease.

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.

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Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale