Neurological & Behavioral Research

Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Center & Behavioral Health Research Group

The University Hospitals’ Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Center (NBOC) & Behavioral Health Research Group (BHRG) aim to identify, develop and implement approaches to patient care, education, and research to deliver the highest value healthcare as defined by improved outcomes in patients with neurological and psychiatric conditions. Researchers are devoted to developing novel methodologies that have the potential to improve health outcomes for patients with neurological, psychiatric, and neuropsychiatric conditions.

The center collaborates with faculty from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences, the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the Veterans Health Administration, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation along with multiple other national and international universities and academic medical centers.

NBOC & BHRG faculty and scholars support trainees and mentees in neurology, psychiatry, and epidemiology and biostatistics. Also, Drs. Sajatovic, Levin & Burant run a team-based mentoring program to provide support and research training to residents and junior faculty in the UH NI Neurosurgery program.

Recent NBOC & BHRG highlights include the implementation of a Minority Advisory Board (MAB) that is intended to help support a successful grant submission to establish a Cleveland-wide Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in collaboration with the Case Brain Health Collaborative. Additional highlights include multiple research studies focused on the self-management of chronic health conditions that affect the brain.

2020 Research Funding Highlights

NBOC investigators participated in 15 newly-funded independent research grants.

NBOC investigators were Principal Investigators (PIs) on over $ 13.5 million in new research grant funding.

Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (CADRC)

The Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, supported by a two-year NIH grant, will bring together top researchers and clinicians from University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the MetroHealth System. CADRC focuses on accelerating research for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Particular areas of focus for the center will be atypical Alzheimer's disease (e.g. "rapidly progressive"), Lewy body dementia, healthy individuals at risk for developing dementia, and underserved populations. In addition to community outreach, the center will develop infrastructure and support for promising new investigators and promote the translation of findings from the laboratory to new therapeutics for these devastating diseases.