Peripheral Nerve Research

Peripheral Nerve Research
Peripheral neuropathies affect over 30 million people and are commonly acquired from cancer chemotherapy, diabetes, HIV and aging. 
Peripheral nerve research at Johns Hopkins goes deep into the basic science of neurodegeneration, with parallel studies in treatments. 
Johns Hopkins is one of the few academic centers that balances a rich science environment with a translational focus, exploring not just how the nervous system works but also how it can break down and cause pain and dysfunction.
Since the 1980s Johns Hopkins has led the world with its research findings on cutaneous nerve research, effectively redefining the diagnosis of neuropathy. 
Building on this heritage, we are advancing the understanding of how neuropathy manifests in a range of individual experiences of pain, and applying this knowledge to improve patients’ lives.

Research Labs & Centers

The Peripheral Nerve Surgery Center

Neural Regeneration


Roderick Ball's Story

Diagnosed with a schwannoma tumor (schwannomatosis), Roderick Ball, Jr., and his family came to Johns Hopkins to have the tumor - which had grown through his abdomen, lower back and spinal column - treated. Treatment involved multiple surgeries with the goal of reducing the tumor, while preserving Rod's functions. His treatment and care was provided by neurosurgeon Allan Belzberg, MD, and a team physicians, therapists and nurses in neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, general surgery, pain management and specialists from the Kennedy Krieger Institute.