Clinical Neurosciences Center
The Clinical Neurosciences Center at the University of Utah is a collaboration between University Hospital and three clinical departments: Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology. Designated a national Neuroscience Center of Excellence, we combine patient care excellence, comprehensive medical teaching, cutting edge technology, and internationally renowned “bench to bedside” research.
Clinical Neurosciences Center - 175 N Medical Drive East, Salt Lake City UT
The Clinical Neurosciences Center (CNC) offers an outpatient clinic, with 40 exam rooms, a minor procedure room, two telehealth suites (supporting eight remote Telestroke sites, remote clinics, and educational outreach), four electromyography (EMG) suites, and x-ray. The CNC also boasts four full service neurosurgical operating rooms, a Joint Commission Primary Certified Stroke Center, four neurosurgical research laboratories, the Neurosciences Education Center, and a 3T MRI suite. In early 2010, the CNC will open two endovascular suites.
Imaging & Neurosciences Center at Research Park - 729 Arapeen Drive, Salt Lake City UT
The Imaging and Neurosciences Center (INC) in Research Park contains the Movement Disorders Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Center, the Headache Clinic, and the Cognitive Disorders/Alzheimer’s Clinic. INC also houses the Brain Health Learning Center (BHLC), a resource center for patients and caregivers to learn about Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis and
to access community resources. Physicians in the Cognitive Disorders Clinic write patients and their families prescriptions for education - a proactive approach to care planning for these debilitating diseases.
The INC also houses neurology research laboratories, a 3T MRI, and the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Diagnostic Laboratory, a sophisticated research and diagnostic tool in the evaluation of seizure disorders.
Neurosciences Outpatient Clinics
Epilepsy Clinic: Seizure disorders are common clinical problems and the clinic includes both pharmacological and surgical regimens. The epilepsy clinic participates in clinical trials of new antiepileptic drugs and has, with the Department of NeuroSurgery, an epilepsy surgery protocol.
Movement Disorders Clinic: In this clinic, the resident gains experience in the medical treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. The resident also participates in the evaluation of Parkinsonian patients for surgical intervention. The movement disorders clinic also participates in formal drug trials and works with the Department of NeuroSurgery on surgical protocols.
NeuroMuscular Clinic: Patients with peripheral causes of numbness, weakness, and atrophy are seen in the NeuroMuscular clinic, the Motor Neuron Disease clinic, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic. The EMG laboratory is included in this area.
Headache Clinic: Headaches of various descriptions are one of the most common reasons for neurologic consultation. The headache clinic is staffed by clinicians specially trained in this area, and exposes the resident to the pharmacological and psychological treatment of chronic pain.
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic: The intermountain west has a large population of patients with multiple sclerosis, and in consequence, the University Hospital conducts a very active MS clinic. The resident learns to evaluate patients with multiple sclerosis and gain experience in the treatment of multiple sclerosis in routine care, therapy, acute exacerbations, and prophylactic therapy with newer agents, including immunomodulatory therapies with interferons and copolymer I, as well as with chemotherapy. The MS clinic also participates in national clinical trials with newer therapeutic agents.
NeuroPsychology Clinic: This clinic provides neuro-psychological testing and neuro-behavioural examination of patients with various neurological and psychiatric disorders, including dementia of the Alzheimer type, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
Sleep/Wake Center The Sleep~Wake Center includes the sleep laboratory, where polysomnography studies are performed to evaluate insomnia, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. The clinic also cares for other disorders, such as restless legs syndrome, parasomnias, and various insomnias.
Stroke Center: Stroke is common, affecting over 700 thousand new individuals each year, resulting in approximately 4.7 million stroke survivors at any given time. This clinic helps provide continued care for those affected individuals, including risk factor management. Corroboration with interventional NeuroRadiology and NeuroSurgery allows for aggressive treatment of vascular issues necessitating therapy above and beyond medication.
HIV Clinic: HIV clinic is a cooperative effort with the Department of Infectious Diseases to provide timely care for those with neurologic complications from HIV/AIDS. This clinic presents a vast array of neurologic disease related not only to CNS opportunistic infections, but also to the effects of nucleoside analogues and other medications targeting HIV infection.
Spinal Tap Clinic: This procedural driven clinic allows physicians both within the neurology department, as well as those outside neurology, to refer patients for CSF analysis when personal clinic time may not permit. Many of the patients referred for CSF analysis are generated from Headache Clinic, which serves to provide substrate for on-going CSF research in headache medicine.
Botulinum Toxin Clinic: A clinic dedicated to patients requiring botulinum toxin injections for various disorders, including Meige syndrome, dystonias, spasmodic torticolis and its variants, vocal cord dystonias, blepharospasm, and headaches has been established. EMG guided injection is avaiable at all times.
ALS Clinic: This clinic is devoted to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as well as other variants of motor neuron disease. A multidisciplinary approach to patient care ensures that patient visits maximize the services of social work, psychiatry, home health, nutrition, dysphagia, and occasionally hospice.