CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER FOR BRAIN SCIENCES
Herzog Hospital treats a unique range of patients whose ailments are at the crossroads of psychiatric, neurological, pediatric and geriatric care.
This has enabled the hospital to contribute to the international research and development of clinical methods and basic science research in multidisciplinary areas.
Building on this experience, Herzog Hospital has consolidated all of its related research and development under the “umbrella” of its newly established Clinical Research Center for Brain Sciences. The Centerconducts multidisciplinary research focusing on the brain, blending basic and applied clinical sciences with the special patient population available for immediate study. The research concentrates on Neurodegenerative Diseases with a special emphasis on Parkinson’s Disease and related disorders, drawing on our expertise in neuro-pyschogeriatrics, as well as work that has been ongoing in the hospital looking into the molecular and histopathological level of cerebellar function in Parkinson’s patients. The current areas of focus are stroke – researching the process of neuro-rehabilitation working in Trans cranial Direct and Alternating Current Stimulation which is a growing field in the science of cognition and especially in stroke recovery; Anoxic Brain Damage – here too the concepts of neuro-rehabilitation are crucial to reduce the burden of anoxic brain damage; Psychiatric disorders-to improve functional capacity in schizophrenia and depression patients; and ALS – developing new thinking in the methods of caring for this special patient group.
Damage to the brain, be it by genetic, metabolic, infectious, anoxic or other mechanism is responsible for the burden of these diseases. But it is only in the last few years that the integration of the various disciplines across the spectrum of the brain and cognition has started to come together and work in unison.