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Benzi Kluger

Dr. Kluger is interested in improving the lives of patients with advanced neurological illnesses through a variety of research approaches. He is investigating the needs of patients and caregivers from a palliative care perspective and testing the efficacy of palliative care interventions for addressing these needs. He is interested in improving our understanding of non motor symptoms, particularly fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, through the use of behavioral, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies. Lastly, he is interested in exploring non pharmacological approaches to the treatment of non motor symptoms including noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation and direct current stimulation) and complementary and alternative medicine approaches.


Diane Fairclough


Jean Kutner

Dr. Kutner's research focuses on palliative care and hospice, particularly on the family caregiver experience and improving management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life.


Samantha Holden

With training in both behavioral neurology and movement disorders, Dr. Holden’s research focuses on cognition, behavior and quality of life in parkinsonian conditions. Her current research projects include determining the best methods for predicting and diagnosing dementia in Parkinson’s disease, as well as investigating non-pharmacological treatments for bothersome behavioral symptoms in dementia, such as music therapy. She is interested in developing practical and personally meaningful interventions to improve quality of life for people living with neurodegenerative dementias. 


Lauren Seeberger

Dr. Seeberger has conducted over 80 clinical trials for the advancement of treatments in movement disorders. Her research has involved patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Essential tremor, Dystonia, Tics and Restless Legs Syndrome. Dr. Seeberger has a strong interest in the use of rehabilitation in chronic disease. She has recently been selected as an investigator for a therapeutic trial in asymptomatic Huntington’s disease.


Brett McQueen


Mark Gritz


Stefan Sillau


Hillary Lum

Dr. Lum in interested in helping older adults and their families be able to express their preferences for future care with confidence. She is developing a new clinical visit called the Advance Care Planning Group Visit to help with this.  Her clinical work as a primary care geriatrician and palliative medicine physician informs her research on advance care planning (ACP) for older adults and their family members. Her current research focuses on developing, testing and implementing a novel ACP Group Visit intervention that engages patients in a supportive group discussion to promote ACP discussions and documentation of preferences. 


Brice McConnell

Dr. McConnell's current research interests include an investigation of changes to brain function among patients with cognitive problems, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease. His current research goals include the development of novel treatments for memory, mood, and behavioral problems that will utilize non-invasive brain stimulation.