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

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.
Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery
Friel Lab aims to improve hand function in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Our research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation.
Laboratory for Neuronal Specification
Cave Lab studies mechanisms that regulate the proliferation and differentiation of adult neural stem cells to develop and treat of neurological disease or injury.

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

Featured Clinical Trials

Research Registry, Currently Recruiting Participants
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
May 29, 2019
Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Retinal Degenerative Diseases
In-Progress / Not Recruiting
July 26, 2018
Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurodegenerative Diseases

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


Recent Publication

Upcoming Event

Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale
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