Knowledge with the Power to Change Medicine

Our department unites eminent, creative minds and robust resources to understand Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and more. We delve into the molecular, cellular and system levels, using our discoveries to develop new treatments. Working alongside faculty, our students and trainees grow into future leaders.

Training & Education

Our programs offer a gateway to understanding and transforming healthcare. From the MS in Medical Physiology, where you’ll master translating science into treatment strategies, to the Progressive MS driving Alzheimer’s breakthroughs, and the PhD options in cutting-edge fields like Medical Biophysics and Neuromedicine, you’ll learn by doing alongside renowned faculty. Join us in shaping the future of medical science and practice.

Alzheimer’s Research

Our investigators at the USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute are developing ways to understand Alzheimer’s disease and develop new treatments to slow it down and eventually arrest it altogether.

Message from the Chair

“Our community of scientists puts a priority on excellence and teamwork. Unraveling the mysteries of how the mind and body function lets us imagine — and realize — tomorrow’s cures and preventions.”

Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, Director, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

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2023 Annual Report

At the USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, we are at the forefront of groundbreaking research and innovative treatments for neurogenetic disorders. Our Annual Report highlights our key achievements, ongoing projects, and the incredible progress we’ve made over the past year. Dive into the details of our pioneering work and see how we’re transforming the landscape of neurogenetic research.

Download our Annual Report to learn more about our mission, our team, and the scientific discoveries that are shaping the future of neuroscience.

Support Us

Easing the suffering of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and neurological disorders is among the most urgent challenges of our time. We work on the leading edge of neuroscience and physiology to make possible the breakthroughs society needs. None of this would be possible without our generous supporters.