The advancement of knowledge about neurological diseases affecting children is a high priority for the Division of Pediatric Neurology. Faculty members study basic mechanisms of disease in laboratory settings and perform clinical research on a number of topics. Joint appointments and collaborations across numerous departments facilitate these research efforts, taking advantage of the substantial scholarly resources of the University of Florida.

The Division of Pediatric Neurology houses a number of active research activities. Collaborations with other divisions within the Department of Pediatrics, with the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosciences, and with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute expand the range of potential research opportunities in fields such as neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, and neuro-oncology.

Active Research Projects

  • Cerebral palsy and congenital heart disease
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes in neonatal seizures
  • Muscular dystrophy clinical trials
  • Genetics of muscular dystrophy
  • MEGF10 myopathy
  • Cockayne syndrome


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network, known as MD STARnet. MD STARnet collects critical information about muscular dystrophy that aims to improve care for those living with the disease.