The experienced researchers affiliated with Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute - Research Program are part of Inova's team of neuroscience specialists who work toward advancements in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.
The Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute Research Program recognizes that basic, translational, and clinical research are not separate entities but are parts of an integrated approach to advance the treatment and cure of different neurological diseases. We are playing a key role in the advancement of cutting edge neurological therapies and technologies as individual investigators and as active collaborators in multidisciplinary studies with academic and private industry partners.
In addition to providing our patients with superior compassionate care, our clinicians are committed to advancing their specialties through clinical research. Clinical trials are a vital part of research in order to test the discoveries made in basic science research laboratories are effective for advancing patient care and improving clinical outcomes.
Our patients have access to a range of clinical trials evaluating new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches within the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute.
Across our 25 specialty programs and clinical study investigators, we treat many different neurological disorders.
We welcome engagement and collaboration with research investigators and institutions. Additionally, also through donors with the desire to help improve the health of patients and clinical investigators are encouraged to contact us.
Improved Neuroscience Patient Care Through Research: Partnerships
University of Virginia (iTRIV), CTSA
The Integrated Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of public and private institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia with shared research resources and clinical best practices that creates team science and community engagement to produce advances in patient care. Among the research collaborations we have with University of Virginia is the iTHRIV Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program which is a core component of the National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), “The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV): Using Data to Improve Health.” The goal of the iTHRIV Program is to help research teams transition from early-stage seed grants and proof-of-concept studies to externally-funded translational research and clinical application. The iTHRIV partner institutions are Inova, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic.
George Mason University
Through a multi-year memo of understanding between Inova and George Mason University, we created a translational research laboratory under the guidance of our Director of Translational Research, Dr. Robert Lipsky. The laboratory performs genetic and protein biomarker studies that are integrated into clinical patient information to develop innovative methods for personalized healthcare. The Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute has a bioinformatics team working with scientists at the George Mason University, College of Medicine, School of Systems Biology to analyze data generated from Inova genomic and clinical research efforts. This approach will impact our patients and transform healthcare from reactive to predictive practices. The goal is to increase successful patient outcomes while reducing adverse reactions to treatment.