Neuroscientists are rapidly unlocking the mysteries of the brain – the next frontier for innovation and discovery in medicine. Ohio State's Neuroscience Research Institute is uniquely positioned to translate these discoveries into realities for patients and their families.

  • 290+ Research Studies
  • 180+ Research Grants
  • 400 Publications


Neuroscience Research Institute a collaborative hub for more than 250 neuroscientists.

Ohio State’s Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI) serves as the research and educational arm of the Neurological Institute (NI). The NRI provides infrastructure support for our research teams, including biostatistics, study design, regulatory, compliance, sponsor opportunities, flexible support-staff models, and training in human subjects protection, Good Clinical Practice and standard operating procedures. The Institute also supports various educational programs, awards seed money for pilot studies and is developing a central research registry to enhance the ability to provide research opportunities to all patients.

More than 5,500 individuals are actively enrolled in clinical research projects across all departments and centers within the Neurological Institute. This includes more than 300 clinical research studies of which there are approximately 150 clinical trials seeking new interventions to treat a broad range of diseases and conditions.

Ohio State’s university-wide Discovery Themes initiative promotes the health of people everywhere. The NRI is closely aligned to the Chronic Brain Injury Discovery Theme where Andrea Tedeschi, PhD, and Niki Kokiko-Cochran, PhD from the Department of Neuroscience are using advanced techniques to study preclinical models of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Leaders

NelsonRandy Randy Nelson, PhD

Randy Nelson, PhD

Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching; Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Institute

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