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. Scripps is a leader in Parkinson’s research, deep brain stimulation, and the treatment of Alzheimer’s and memory disorders, among other fields. Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics were also honored as high performing in neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018.
Promising 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.
Help Advance Tomorrow’s Research
Our neurosurgeons and neurologists are involved in ongoing research to advance DBS and make continued improvements in patient care.
We are also actively engaged with The Scripps Research Institute to explore the use of patients’ stem cells (non-embryonic) to develop new treatments. In this remarkable research, a patient’s skin cells are transformed into stem cells and re-formed into brain cells. The goal is to re-implant these cells into the patient’s brain, essentially giving them back the neurons they are missing. Scripps is the first group in the western world planning clinical research using this method.
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:
Certified Primary Stroke Care Centers
Our 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. Our certified Primary Stroke Centers at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, and Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista, are dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.
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.
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.