Support Excellence in Neuroscience

Support Excellence in Neuroscience

Given the complex nature of brain disorders and conditions, Scripps’ comprehensive approach to care makes a profound difference for neurology patients. As the population ages, conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease become more prevalent.

From the research lab to the bedside to rehabilitation, our neurologists, neurosurgeons and technicians provide a standard of excellence recognized nationwide.

You can help support the future of neurological research and treatment at Scripps.

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DBS remote control used by Parkinson’s patients.

Effective Treatment for Movement Disorders

Movement disorders are associated with the brain and central nervous system that control motor functions. Parkinson’s disease is the most familiar, causing involuntary shaking and difficulty moving. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an FDA-approved surgery that has helped more than 100,000 patients worldwide.

DBS uses an implanted device the size of a stopwatch to deliver electrical stimulation through a thin wire to specific areas of the brain to block nerve signals that cause debilitating tremor and Parkinson’s symptoms.

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic has more physicians trained in deep brain stimulation than any other health care provider in San Diego, and includes neurologists who studied directly under the pioneering physicians credited with introducing this surgery to the U.S.

State-of-the-Art in Neurology

Engaged in neurological research and treatment for many years, Scripps neuroscientists and physicians have advanced patient care in meaningful ways:

A therapist helps a stroke patient begin to walk.

Certified Primary Stroke Care Centers

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla was among the first in the country certified by The Joint Commission, reflecting the highest commitment to minimally invasive stroke care. Additionally, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, and Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista, have been certified as Primary Stroke Centers. And in 2018, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association again recognized all five campuses with the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for meeting their highest quality measures.

A Scripps therapist helps a patient learn to walk again.

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs

The Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas provides additional resources for patients needing comprehensive care in the form of stroke, brain injury or other inpatient rehabilitation programs. The bionic exoskeleton, for example, is one of the most advanced medical devices available for paraplegic patients. This wearable robot can help patients get up and out of a wheelchair for extended periods of time, which helps strengthen bones, improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risks of pneumonia and blood clots.

Watch our video on the remarkable Ekso wearable robot.

Philanthropy Makes the Difference

The generosity of donors has funded the centers, programs, expertise and new technologies that have changed the lives of those impacted by brain traumas and disorders — yet important work is still to be done. Together, we can strive to unlock the mysteries of neurological conditions that prevent too many Americans from leading full, rich, productive lives.

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For more information, contact Judah Crossland at 858-554-3971 or