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Human Performance

Human Performance Research seeks to maximize human performance through accelerated recovery, reduced injury, optimized readiness, and holistic wellness. We research new ways to help people achieve a higher level of physical performance and to help them recover faster, workout more efficiently, and get cognitively, physically, and emotionally stronger. Human performance research centers on how the brain controls the body, so we are assessing brain performance at a global level as it controls almost all of our biological systems. We seek to understand better the mechanics of how those biological systems work and how the brain interacts with those systems.

As part of our research, we are looking at a variety of recovery modalities that can help speed recovery, such as photo bio-modulation, float tanks, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. We also examine people along a continuum of functionality and do so for athletes, military members, and patients. A special focus is placed on maximizing the performance of warriors of the Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force of the United States Armed Forces. Specific examples include Navy Seals and Army Special Forces (Green Berets).

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.

Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute