Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., is the Vice Chair of Innovations within the Neurological Institute, holder of the “Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair,” and Staff member within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He holds an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Alberts was a Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Alberts research is focused on understanding the effects of neurological disease or injury on motor and cognitive function and developing disease-specific interventions to improve motor and cognitive performance. He has worked extensively with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, patients with stroke, along with professional athletes and service members with concussion. He has pioneered the development and clinical integration of technology and analytics into the care of neurological patients. He has worked extensively in the development of exercise programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. He founded Pedaling for Parkinson’s and has worked to establish more than 150 Pedaling for Parkinson’s programs across North America, primarily in YMCAs and community centers.
Dr. Alberts is currently the PI on four NIH R01 clinical studies and one Department of Defense project. He has 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1998. He was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State University in 2011 for his translational research related to Parkinson’s disease and exercise. In 2013, he earned the Sones Innovation Award at the Cleveland Clinic.