Finding a Cure for Neurological Diseases, One Patient at a Time

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Dr. Marshall Nash is the definition of a multi-tasking physician. In addition to his role as managing partner of DeKalb Neurology Associates, LLC, he is CEO of, director of stroke and neuroscience research at Gwinnett Medical Center, a certified physician investigator (CPI), a fellow of the American Heart Association and a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. To top it off, he is also one of just a few private practice neurologists worldwide who devotes nearly 100 percent of his clinical time to research.

As an expert consultant for many academic and pharmaceutical research projects, Dr. Nash has participated in over 100 major clinical trials focused on new treatments for neurological diseases and conditions. Today he is one of the leading enrollers in studies for stroke, Alzheimer”s disease, Parkinson”s disease, migraines, epilepsy and neuropathy. “My passion comes from a lifelong desire to find a cure for these diseases that I went into practice to treat,”# he says. “There”s nothing more satisfying in medicine than seeing someone with a terminal illness improve.”#

Dr. Nash is helping his patients monetarily as well. “Strokes and Alzheimer”s don”t discriminate based on your income,”# he says. “This is a way of getting medical care to people who don”t have health insurance, or who can”t get health insurance because of their condition.”# He urges patients and families affected by Alzheimer”s disease to consider participating in clinical studies, because the clinical trials that test new treatments are the best chance they have for fighting this devastating disease.

In April 2011, Dr. Nash and announced they were one of only 10 sites in the world selected to assist the U.S. Military with a traumatic brain injury study. They are also the only site in Georgia to participate in laser light stroke research therapy. The laser light therapy is a non-invasive treatment of ischemic stroke to investigate the effect of its transcranial laser therapy when used within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

Dr. Nash”s commitment to finding a cure for neurological disease expands beyond the traditional boundaries of physician and scientific researcher. In August 2011, he realized one of his lifelong goals through the creation of the NeuroScience Foundation, an organization committed to advancing the process of finding quality treatment options and cures for neurological diseases including stroke, Alzheimer”s disease and Parkinson”s disease. Funds raised go toward enhancing neurological research, launching new medical research sites, training new research employees, and encouraging hospital research on a local level.

“We”re doing whatever we can to accelerate local research in our area to find cures for these neurological diseases,”# he says. “Two and three years into a trial, I see Alzheimer”s patients who are better than when they started. It”s not a cure, but we have clear-cut evidence that they”re better, so we know we”re on to something.”#

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