Child Neurology Research

Child Neurology Research here at Columbia Universirty Irving Medical Center continues an long history of innovation and leadership in the field. Current and long-time faculty member Dr. Darryl C. De Vivo, is widely-recognized as one of the most eminent pediatric neurologists in the world. Dr. De Vivo is credited with advancing laboratory-based investigation and related clinical research to the field. Under Dr. De Vivo’s direction, the department's NIH-funded institutional training grant provides support for the development of the next generation of pediatric neuroscientists.

Areas of Research

  • Childhood-onset epilepsy
  • Developmental neurophysiology
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Epilepsy and cognitive disorders
  • Genetically-determined metabolic diseases that affect the developing brain and neuromuscular system
  • Glut1 deficiency
  • Mitochondrial diseases
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and other neuromuscular diseases
  • Cognitive and behavioral problems associated with epilepsy
  • Imaging modalities used for epilepsy diagnosis
  • Neurological, behavioral, and psychological outcomes in children with intrauterine exposure to cocaine
  • Neuro-developmental outcomes of brain injuries associated with prematurity
  • Inherited and acquired metabolic diseases that affect the developing nervous system and muscular system
  • Research focuses on defects of oxidative metabolism and the molecular basis of glucose transporter deficiency syndromes
  • Mitochondrial encephalopathy
  • Lactic acidosis
  • Stroke-like episodes (MELAS)
  • Aystemic lupus erythematosus
  • Imaging of the hippocampus and amygdala