Doctors trained in brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), and other areas study causes and use new and improved diagnostic tests and treatments for brain and nervous system (neurological) conditions.

Researchers in basic and clinical science study and develop new techniques and technical advances in neurosurgery and neurology. Research has included studies in cancers of the brain and nervous system (neuro-oncology), developmental and regenerative neurobiology, and other areas.

The team at Mayo Clinic has the ability to carry therapeutic options through different stages — from their generation as ideas until their development as treatments. This process involves the development of these ideas through several stages of analysis to prove their safety and efficacy, and their value to people.

Researchers have published thousands of articles on neuroscience and neurosurgical treatments. Doctors study past research to analyze the most appropriate treatment for people with neurological conditions. Read more about research in neurosurgery.

Neurosurgery laboratories and programs

Clinical trials

Mayo Clinic researchers are actively involved in studies that evaluate potential treatments (clinical trials) for brain and nervous system (neurological) conditions. Learn more about current brain and nervous system disease clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.

Also learn about a trial monitoring neurotransmitter levels during deep brain stimulation.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic physicians on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Also read about seizure prediction at Mayo Clinic.