Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Aug. 12, 2019
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol NVUS  
Entity Registrant Name Novus Therapeutics, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001404281  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company true  
Entity Ex Transition Period true  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,974,923
Entity File Number 001-36620  
Entity Tax Identification Number 201000967  
Entity Address, Address Line One 19900 MacArthur Blvd.  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 550  
Entity Address, City or Town Irvine  
Entity Address, State or Province California  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 92612  
City Area Code (949)  
Local Phone Number 238-8090