Department of Neurology

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The Department of Neurology at Southern Illinois University is committed to excellence in patient care, education and research. Located in Central Illinois, it provides state-of-the-art care for persons afflicted with disease of the brain and nervous system. The neurology training programs center around a balanced population with primary referral and subspecialty care, and a highly structured curriculum in basic and clinical sciences. The department is well known for its innovative research in neuroscience and clinical therapeutics.

News & Events


An Update on Parkinson Disease Management
Learn about the latest treatment for Parkinson Disease and movement disorders including deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Read More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dove Conference Center
St. John's Hospital
619 E. Mason Street
5:00 - 7:00 p.m

PranzatelliNews Annual Epilepsy Education Evening:
Treatment of Seizures and Epilepsy
Dr. Yen-Yi Peng, Adult Neurologist and Epileptologist and Dr. Shubhangi Peche, Child and Adolescent Neurologist presented information on seizures, their impact on quality of life and treatment options for children and adults. Read More


PranzatelliNews Healthy Brain Aging:
Alzheimer's Disease Risk and Protective Factors
Ron Zec, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and associate professor of neurology at SIU, presented research-based recommendations for decreasing the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Read More


PranzatelliNews Good News for Mexican Girl Treated in Springfield
A very young girl from Mexico City made a return visit to see doctors here in Springfield, and this time around, the results are extraordinary. Read More


PranzatelliNews Latest Advances in Parkinson Disease & Movement Disorders Management
Central Illinois residents were invited to participate in a free seminar on the latest advances in movement disorders such as Parkinson disease, including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. Read More


PranzatelliNews Dr. Omar honored as medical innovator
Eleven local physicians and researchers will be recognized as “medical innovators,” and one will receive a special award from Springfield Mayor Mike Houston, during an event March 7 at St. John’s Hospital. Dr. Ayman Omar will be honored for his novel approaches to treat brain and spinal-cord tumors. Read More

PranzatelliNews Dr. Pranzatelli received national grant to study rare pediatric disease
Dr. Michael Pranzatelli received a national grant to study opsoclonus-myclonus syndrome, a rare disease that affects children. He founded the National Pediatric Myoclonus Center, now based at SIU, which is the largest OMS research center in the world. Read More

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Healthy Brain Aging

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease