Research opportunities for the neurosurgery resident are available across the vast resources of the University of Florida. Neuroscience resources are concentrated inside the Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) of the University of Florida. The faculty of the MBI, one of the world’s largest research institutions, are devoted to understanding how normal CNS development and function contribute to higher cognitive functions, including lifelong learning and memory, via complex interactive neural circuitries that produce all of our incredible human behaviors. Focusing on the ability to remember and learn throughout life, treatment of movement disorders, brain cancer and stroke, scientists and clinical investigators rely on state-of-the-art facilities, resources and creativity that are required for the discovery of powerful new protocols to treat all neurological disorders that have the potential to impair quality of life.
Faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery maintain research laboratories in stereotactic radiosurgery, neurophysiology, microneurovascular anatomy, brain tumor immunotherapy, neural stem cells neurovascular-neurotrauma physiology, and neural stem cell biology. Neurosurgical residents may collaborate with faculty in these laboratories during their research year and throughout their residency.
Additional research centers at UF include the Movement Disorders Center, the Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research, and the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy. A fully staffed research office supports the growing number of clinical trials based in the Department of Neurosurgery. These trials offer residents, especially those with an interest in neuro-oncology, ample opportunities for clinical research experience throughout the residency.