James Russell, MS

James Russell, MBChB, MS

University of Maryland
Professor, Neurology, Anatomy, and Neurobiology
Director, Neuromuscular Division and Peripheral Neuropathy Center
Co-Director, Maryland Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center of Excellence

Areas of Interest

Understanding peripheral nervous system pathways to prevent or reverse nerve injury

Dr. Russell's research is focused on better understanding the mechanisms that underlie neuromuscular diseases including dementia and diabetic neuropathy. He is investigating the role of mitochondrial dysfunction and the correlating effects on diabetic neuropathy. His goal is to determine effective strategies that can prevent and reverse cellular injury inducing neuropathy, which will lead to new treatment discoveries.


  • Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow by examination, 1983
  • Elective training in Internal Medicine and Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Royal Infirmary, University of Edinburgh, 1983
  • MBChB, Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine and College of Medicine, University of Rhodesia, 1984
  • MS, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan, 2001

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