Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

One of the greatest challenges of our time is brain disease and injury and UT Southwestern is meeting that challenge head on with the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. The Institute is a comprehensive center dedicated to better understanding the basic molecular workings of the brain and applying those discoveries to prevention and treatment of brain, spine, nerve and muscle disorders.


Dr. Dauer


William T. Dauer, M.D., is the inaugural Director of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and a Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Dauer is an acclaimed neurologist known for his research into dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.



Our Bold Mission

  • Develop new therapies to restore and improve brain function
  • Utilize new imaging technologies to directly visualize disruption of brain function and structure
  • Become a national center for excellence in the precise diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders
  • Understand how the nervous system generates integrative behavior and cognition

Our Facts & Figures

  • 2,100+

    Faculty and Staff
  • 395+

    Clinical and Research Faculty
  • 200

    Areas of Specialty Care
  • $72M

    Total Research Expenditure
  • 448

  • 6,700


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