Neurology and Neurosurgery

Major collaborations on sweeping neuroscience challenges

The UC Davis MIND Institute remains an international leader in research on causes, treatments and potential cures for autism, ADHD, Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Select research highlights from 2016-17 include helping to launch SPARK, the largest U.S. autism study ever undertaken; joining ECHO, a large-scale effort to identify environmental influences on child health; launching a major project to track impulsivity in teens and young adults; and generating new insights in areas such as biomarkers, maternal influence, drug treatment and cognitive testing.

Level 4 Epilepsy Center

We’re also proud to offer remarkable care for epilepsy, the nation’s most common childhood brain disorder. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has designated UC Davis as a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Program – the highest rating awarded – and our inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit includes pediatric beds and capabilities for high-resolution MRI, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and PET. A strong basic-science research program aims to develop new drugs that will aid epilepsy treatment.


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"We are so grateful to UC Davis for not only saving Lina’s life, but for continuing to provide excellent ongoing care… Thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital we now have our goofy, fun-loving, social butterfly back!" – Allison Crescione, whose daughter Lina's brain tumor was removed by UC Davis pediatric neurosurgeons.