Our Mission

At UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, scientific and clinical investigations are converging as never before to increase understanding of the brain and transform how neurological and psychiatric disorders are diagnosed and treated.

Director’s Message

William T. Dauer, M.D.

Solving brain disease is going to take everyone working together – the person studying molecules in the lab, the clinician understanding a patient’s symptoms, the staff caring for the patient, and everyone in between. We’re committed to that collaborative journey and confident of the outcome.”

William T. Dauer, M.D.Director of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

Removing Barriers Between
Discovery and Care

At the O’Donnell Brain Institute, researchers and clinicians work closely together, by design. Combining basic and translational research with advanced clinical care produces scientific breakthroughs that can move from the labs to patients in the clinic faster than ever.

Expertise and Innovation

The O’Donnell Brain Institute has assembled brain scientists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychiatrists, radiologists, and specialists in rehabilitative medicine.

Their common goal: Discover and implement new and better ways to treat major forms of brain and spine diseases, and perhaps even prevent them in the future.

Departments, Divisions, & Centers

Collaborative Partners