Associate Professor of NeurologyTuhin Virmani, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Movement Disorders Program

Dr. Virmani completed his medical training at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he was in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) receiving a combined M.D/Ph.D degree. His research in basic neuroscience explored the physiologic mechanisms by which neurons in the brain communicate with one other using chemical neurotransmitters at the synapse. He then went on to pursue a residency in Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis where he developed an interest in Movement Disorders. This led to a two year combined clinical-research fellowship in Movement Disorders under the guidance of Dr. Stanley Fahn and other members of the Center for Parkinson Disease and other Movement Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

While at Columbia University, Dr. Virmani became interested in the principles underlying the phenomenon of freezing of gait in Parkinson disease and he undertook a clinicopathologic study under the mentorship of Dr. Fahn and Dr. Jean-Paul Vonsattel (Department of Pathology). He also worked with Dr. Fahn to start a clinical trial using a novel motor-neuronotrophic factor for potential neuroprotection in Parkinson disease.

In addition to his clinical duties, and serving as the Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Program at UAMS, Dr. Virmani has an active research program with specific interest in developing predictive algorithms and treatments for freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease.

Board Certification:

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology) 2011-2021

Contact Information

Appointment Center: 501-686-8000
Fax: 501-526-7145
Mailing Address: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham, Slot #500
Little Rock, AR 72205
Curriculum Vitae:

Selected Publications:

  • Garcia-Rill, E., Virmani, T., Hyde, J.R., D’Onofrio, S., Mahaffey, S., Arousal and the control of perception and movement. Current Trends Neurology. 2016; 10:53-64
  • Virmani, T., Tazan, S., Mazzoni, P., Ford, B., Greene, P.E. Motor fluctuations due to interaction between dietary protein and levodopa in Parkinson’s disease. J. Clin.  Mov Disord. 2016; 3:8.
  • Robakis, D., Cortes, E., Clark, L.N., Vonsattel, J.P., Virmani, T., Alcalay, R.N., Crary, J.F., Levy, O.A. The effect of MAPT haplotype on neocortical Lewy body pathology in Parkinson disease.   J. Neural Transm (Vienna). 2016; 123(6):583-8.
  • Virmani, T., Moskowitz, C.B., Vonsattel, J.P., Fahn, S. Clinicopathologic characteristics of freezing of gait in autopsy-confirmed Parkinson’s disease. Mov. Disord. 2015; 30(14): 1874-84.
  • Virmani, T., Louis, E.D., Waters, C., Pullman, S.L. Familial orthostatic tremor: an additional report in siblings. Neurology 2012;79(3):288-9
  • Bloustine, J., Virmani, T., Thurston, G. M., and Fraden, S. Light scattering and phase behavior of lysozyme-poly(ethylene glycol) mixtures, Phys Rev Lett. 2006;96(8):087803
  • Virmani, T., Gupta, P., Liu, X., Kavalali, E. T., Hofmann, S.L. Progressively reduced synaptic vesicle pool size in cultured neurons derived from neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis-1 knockout mice. Neurobiol Dis. 2005;20:10922-9
  • Luikart, B., Nef, S., Virmani, T., Lu, Y., Kavalali, E. T., Parada. L. F. TrkB Has a Cell Autonomous Role in the Establishment of Hippocampal Schaffer Collateral Synapses. Neurosci. 2005;25(15), 3774-86
  • Sara, Y.*, Virmani, T.*, Deák F., Liu, X., Kavalali, E. T. An isolated pool of vesicles recycles at rest and drives spontaneous neurotransmission. Neuron 2005;45, 563-73.
  • Virmani, T., Han, W., Liu, X., Sudhof, T. C., and Kavalali, E. T. Synaptotagmin 7 splice variants differentially regulate synaptic vesicle recycling. 2003;Embo J 22, 5347-57.

Book chapters:

  • Virmani, T. and Kavalali, E.T. (2005) Synaptic Vesicle Recycling As A Substrate For Neural Plasticity. In Stanton, P.K., Bramham, C., and Scharfman, H.E. (Eds.), Synaptic Plasticity and Transsynaptic Signaling. Springer Science + Business Media. (2005)