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Our Facilities and Future Growth

We’re rapidly expanding our physical footprint to match our vision and mission for neuroscience at West Virginia University.The steps we’re taking are big, bold, and transformative, and will touch all aspects of neuroscience, from basic and clinical research to clinical trials and patient care. We’re making investments on three fronts – people, programs, and physical plants. The brightest minds we are recruiting will work in some of the finest labs and patient care settings found anywhere.

Our Main Campus

The WVU Medicine Health Sciences Campus is the hub of our institute and its clinical and research programs. Our basic and applied research activities are anchored in two, on-campus facilities: the Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Innovation Center. Our outpatient services will be adjacent to the main hospital.

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Innovation Center

Our existing Innovation Center is undergoing a $25 million renovation that will significantly expand our research infrastructure. This project, which is already underway, will bring expanded wetlabs and other new and critical resources that will further empower our researchers.

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Outpatient Ambulatory and Education Tower

Our patients will receive their care in a new, state-of-the art outpatient and education center adjacent to the main hospital.

Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center

West Virginia University sought an efficient, flexible laboratory environment to encourage collaboration and cross-disciplinary exchange among researchers and students, and a landmark building to attract prestigious investigators and projects. The resulting design manifests that commitment to open exchange through an architectural expression of the interplay, in scientific process, between rationality and creativity.

Neurosurgery OR Expansion

We’ve brought state-of-the-art technology to our operating rooms on our main campus in Morgantown. In April of 2018, we opened four SMART operating suites for neurosurgery that offer modular solutions and enhanced efficiencies. The new suites have been especially critical as we expand our capabilities in the area of epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation.

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for the neurosciences 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, M.D., 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