Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard (USA)

Roy Freeman


Roy Freeman is Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

His research and clinical interests are the physiology and pathophysiology of the small nerve fibers and the autonomic nervous system. His research encompasses the neurological complications of diabetes; neuropathic pain; the autonomic complications of Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy; biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases; and the diagnosis and treatment of autonomic and peripheral nervous system disorders.

He has a special interest in clinical trial design in neuropathic pain in diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other peripheral nerve disorders. He has been principal investigator on many neuropathic pain clinical trials.  He is author of more than 200 original reports, chapters and reviews.

He is the principal investigator on National Institutes of Health-funded studies on the neurological complications of diabetes and biomarker development in alpha-synucleinopathies.

Dr. Freeman is former chairman of the World Federation of Neurology research group on the autonomic nervous system, former president of the American Autonomic Society and former chairman of the Autonomic Section of the American Academy of Neurology.  He serves on the Executive Committee and the Steering Committee of the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION), a public-private partnership with the United States FDA.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical and on the editorial boards of The Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain: Clinical Updates and Clinical Autonomic Research.