Affiliations / Research


Dr. Swanson is a faculty of the University of Montana, in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is actively involved in neuroscience research in epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and basic neurophysiology. One of the current projects is in the area of gene therapy for epilepsy. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Dave Poulsen, at the University of Montana, the group is using viral vectors to introduce novel genes into the brains of rats with epilepsy in order to stop seizures. This is an exciting area of research. Dr. Swanson has been funded in the past by the National Institutes of Health, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the Dana Neuroscience Foundation, and the Grass Foundation.

A member of the American Epilepsy Society, Dr. Swanson is a current member of the scientific program committee. He has been an active member and contributor to the national epilepsy community for over two decades.

Dr. Swanson is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

As a member of the executive committee of the Winter Conference on Brain Research, a prestigious international brain research meeting, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining an important international venue for brain science.

Clinical drug development is also an area of interest to Montana Neurology. Dr. Swanson actively participates in Pharmaceutical Research Trials through the Montana Neuroscience Institute Foundation.