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

Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Retinal Degenerative Diseases
Will double by 2050.

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

Faculty Spotlight

The Yoshida Laboratory is interested in formation, function, and regeneration of motor circuits controlling locomotor and skilled movements.

Focused on preclinical stroke studies, Cho Lab closely examines stroke pathology to address the gap between preclinical and clinical settings for translational medicine.

Featured Clinical Trials

In-Progress / Not Recruiting
July 26, 2018
Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurodegenerative Diseases
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 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


Dr. Ratan in his lab
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