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About the Neuroscience Institute

Areas of Focus

The Neuroscience Institute is focused on three major areas: clinical/patient care, medical education and research.

Clinical Care

The Institute comprises the range of specialties involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological disorders. This ensures a comprehensive continuum of care, further strengthened by the multidisciplinary collaboration on which the Institute is built. Care is coordinated and standardized to evidence-based, best-practice guidelines to ensure optimal outcomes. 

The specialty areas that make up the Neuroscience Institute include:Maine Medical Center aerial view

  • Cerebrovascular disease, including stroke and endovascular therapy
  • Epilepsy and functional disorders
  • Memory disorders
  • Mental health
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurological disorders
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuroradiology, Neuroanesthesia and Neuropathology
  • Neurosurgery and spine services (including pediatric neurosurgery)
  • Neurotrauma
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Rehabilitation

Medical Education
MMC is a teaching hospital, so the Institute participates in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education to integrate the neurosciences in the next generation of health care providers, including specialists such as neurosurgeons. In addition, the Institute offers ongoing conferences for physicians, nurses and other clinicians to continually expand and hone their clinical skills and knowledge in the neurosciences, and programs for community/patient education to raise awareness about the options for preventing and managing neurological disease.

Research
There have been remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in just the last decade and MMC remains at the leading edge of therapy by participating in multicenter clinical trials for a range of conditions. As a result, discoveries move from the bench to the bedside faster than ever, patients have access to new treatments unavailable at most other hospitals, and our clinicians stay current by participating directly in the scientific efforts that move medicine ahead, one step at a time.

The Neuroscience Institute provides funding for clinician-initiated research projects and the development of research databases in such areas as stroke, neurocritical care, and oncology. Our clinical investigators have a strong track record of cutting edge research and publication in major neuroscience journals. Many serve on expert national or international panels, and serve as educational resources for the community and the state.