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The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy at the University of Chicago is committed to providing comprehensive information about peripheral neuropathy and serving as a resource for diagnosing, treating and educating people about this painful condition. Peripheral neuropathy is a common nerve disorder caused by damage to nerves and nerve processes outside the brain and spinal cord.

The Center provides:

  • Education on the causes, symptoms and treatment of peripheral neuropathy
  • Laboratory and clinical resources for continued studies on peripheral neuropathy
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for people with peripheral neuropathy.

The Center operates as part of the University of Chicago's Department of Neurology in the Biological Sciences Division. The Center is affiliated with The University of Chicago Hospitals' Neuromuscular Program. The Center's staff includes experts in neurology, neuromuscular disorders, autoimmune neurological disorders, electrodiagnostic testing, orthotics and physical therapy.

Research projects currently include:

  • Mouse models
  • Molecular profiling
  • Human genetics

Peripheral neuropathy is a general term for disorders of the peripheral nerves the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. It usually starts with pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the feet or hands. Peripheral neuropathy is often a complication of another condition, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, bacterial or viral infections, autoimmune diseases, vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism, inherited diseases, physical trauma, or exposure to drugs or chemicals. Sometimes, the cause cannot be determined.

Director: Brian Popko, Ph.D., Jack Miller Professor in Neurological Diseases

Mailing Address:

The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
Department of Neurology
The University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC2030
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Web site: PeripheralNeuropathyCenter.uchicago.edu

To schedule an appointment:

Phone: 773-702-5659

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