Neurological & Behavioral Outcomes Center Generates Innovative Research

Established in 2009, the NOC is a collaborative effort between University Hospitals Neurological Institute and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It is supported in part by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) given to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The CTSA funds a national consortium of medical research institutions to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the U.S.

The NOC team is devoted to studying outcomes for patients with neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions and has developed a reputation for novel methodologies and approaches that have the potential to improve health outcomes for patients. Ongoing projects are focused on improving self-management in people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke and epilepsy. Other areas of interest include assessment methods in neurodegenerative illness and refinement of functional neuro-imaging methods that optimize the efficient use of technology and neurological assessments.

NOC combines the expertise of leading specialists from a variety of disciplines, including neurology, psychiatry, epidemiology, biostatistics, and the social and basic sciences.

Significant Contributions to Neuroscience

The Neurological & Behavioral Outcomes Center (NOC) is designed to generate new research and to help investigators shape their ideas into proposals and grant applications. Recognizing the critical importance of preliminary data to continue a robust research trajectory, NOC is also involved in pilot projects intended to support the submission of future grant applications, and to lead to improvements in UH Neurological Institute clinical programming. NOC is also committed to training and developing the next generation of researchers.

Innovative Research Focused on Improved Patient Care

Despite ongoing research funding challenges, NOC research continues to be strong. New areas of focus an integrated/cross-academic center database proposal, and collaboration on an international training grant application in Uganda. As in previous years, NOC will continue to build partnerships with other departments and centers, while augmenting the NOC team with new investigators of diverse backgrounds and training. Our mission to improve clinical care impacts patients in real and significant ways: for example, our research interventions are available as manuals that can be used in other healthcare or community settings.