Iowa Neurosciences Today

A Tradition of Innovation


University of Iowa Health Care has a longstanding reputation for clinical and research leadership in neurosciences, providing comprehensive, compassionate, and expert care for patients affected by neurological disease and trauma.

Our neurosurgeons offer the most advanced treatment in the country for rare and complex procedures, including syringomyelia and Chiari malformation. The team also has expertise in minimally invasive trans-oral and trans-nasal surgeries.

The recently enhanced neurointerventional service now offers comprehensive cerebrovascular care, covering the full range of neurointerventional techniques.

Neuroscience researchers, contributing both clinical and basic science expertise, are part of a national research consortium working to identify warning signs that will enable physicians to ultimately prevent sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

Clinical Trials

UI physician-researchers are involved in a number of clinical trials in neurology, including studies on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis.

Learn more about UI Neurosciences clinical services and research.

Antidepressants and Stroke

A UI study on antidepressants and stroke published in the December 2011 edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (published online Feb. 24, 2011) found that stroke patients treated with a short course of antidepressants showed significantly greater improvement in physical recovery than patients treated with a placebo. Moreover, the study is the first to demonstrate that this physical recovery continues to improve for at least nine months after administration of antidepressant medication has stopped.

Aspirin and Aneurysm

A study on aspirin and aneurysm by researchers at the UI and Mayo Clinic and published in the November 2011 issue of the journal Stroke, found that frequent aspirin use may provide a protective effect for risk of intracranial aneurysm rupture. The study findings were presented at the International Stroke Conference in February 2011.

Brain Injury Registry

The Iowa Traumatic Brain Injury Registry was established in January 2011 to help researchers gain information that could lead to improvements in brain injury patients’ quality of life.