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Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

More than 5 million people in the US suffer from some form of neurodegenerative disease. This number is increasing at an alarming rate. Despite an enormous investment in time and money, neurodegenerative diseases still cannot be cured. The CND is a synergistic group of researchers who study neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease across multiple disciplines from the behavioral to the molecular level. The Center fosters collaborative research, encourages and supports the search for extramural funding, and provides an environment where the combined focus on neurodegenerative diseases is more than the sum of its parts. A major focus of the CND is to understand the mechanisms that underlie these different neurodegenerative diseases in order to discover a cure. The CND is a natural outgrowth of the growing number of neuroscience research laboratories at WVU that include sensory, addiction, stroke and cognitive research and draws from, as well as contributes, to the numerous levels of expertise across the greater neuroscience community.

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