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Global Neurology Program

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A New Community Advancing Global Health

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 12 percent of deaths worldwide are due to neurologic disorders. Low- and middle-income countries disproportionately shoulder this burden, demonstrating a dire need for neurologists in resource-limited countries.

Neurology has not typically been associated with international relief work, but this view is evolving. Chronic cardiovascular diseases associated with stroke are increasingly problematic globally. The appearance of “new” neurologic diseases such as Zika and West Nile viruses originating in resource-limited countries and spreading to Europe and North America has become a regular global occurrence. 

Finally, seizure disorders resulting from neuro-infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, cryptococcal infection, neuro-HIV and toxoplasmosis are highly prevalent, and often not treated in low- to middle-income countries. 

Johns Hopkins' Department of Neurology's Global Neurology Program has a four-fold mission:

  • Create a community of Johns Hopkins neurologists and researchers actively working to improve the care of patients with neurologic disorders.
  • Facilitate neurologic training of health care workers across the globe.
  • Centralize resources and expertise in global health and neurology available at Johns Hopkins.
  • Serve as a resource for students and trainees at all levels interested in obtaining global health experience or pursuing a career in global health. 

Meet our faculty.

See our faculty publications.

Learn about opportunities to get involved.

From a Former Trainee 

My experience at Tawam Hospital was extremely valuable from both a clinical and global perspective. I gained clinical experience in the multiple sclerosis and neurology clinics where I saw both very rare and common presentations of neurological conditions in a diverse cultural context. Interacting with different departments and administration within the hospital also provided a unique lens through which to view differences in global health systems.  -- Katherine Huether, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine