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“The Boundless Brain” mural, a depiction of half a million neurons in the human brain, adorns the lobby of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Innovation Center. The mural was created by Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards.


WE ARE IMPROVING LIVES BY PIONEERING ADVANCES IN BRAIN HEALTH. With the latest technologies, an ecosystem of partners, and a truly integrated approach, we are making tangible progress. Our breakthroughs in neuroscience are strengthening our efforts to combat public health challenges ranging from addiction to Alzheimer’s. Our collaboration with elite athletes and members of the military in optimizing human performance are leading to new innovations. We are breaking barriers in research and patient care to better serve the people of West Virginia and beyond.

First in U.S. to use deep brain stimulation to fight opioid addiction

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine, announced the launch of a first-in-the-U.S. clinical trial using deep brain stimulation for patients suffering from treatment-resistant opioid use disorder. Read full story here.

For more information or questions call 304-293-5150 or email WVURNI@hsc.wvu.edu.

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.

At age 61, Judi Polak is five years into a bleak diagnosis: Alzheimer’s disease. But last year she made medical history in a clinical trial, when a team of scientists, engineers and practitioners deployed a novel device to take aim at a big barrier in the fight against her illness. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports from Morgantown, West Virginia.

What are circadian rhythms and how do they influence our sleep cycle and health? Dr. Randy Nelson, world-renowned neuroscientist at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, explains how disrupting our internal clocks can increase our risk of cancer, heart disease and other serious conditions.

Dr. Maria Simbra of Pittsburgh’s KDKA interviews Dr. Ali Rezai about the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute being the first in the world to open the blood brain barrier to treat a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.

In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Ali Rezai shares with us how he has found success breaking barriers in neuroscience. This is done by integrating numerous different fields of medicine to work together as one.

What if many of our health care issues could be solved not with drugs but with engineering? Watch Miles O’Brien, science correspondent for “PBS NewsHour,” and Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, discuss during a January 31 event at Purdue University.

WVU in the News: Dr. Umer Najib recognized by American Academy of Neurology

Umer Najib, M.D., an assistant professor and program director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship program at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute was recently featured in the October 2019 edition of the American Academy of Neurology newsletter. [...]

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