WVU Medicine and Rockefeller family announce new neuroscience institute

Appoint nationally recognized neuroscientist, Dr. Ali Rezai, as director to bring fresh thinking and groundbreaking research to the opioid epidemic, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions

Posted on 9/28/2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine and the Rockefeller family announced today that they have appointed neuroscientist Ali Rezai, M.D., to lead the comprehensive and integrated clinical and research programs in the neurosciences at West Virginia University and WVU Medicine. He will do so at the newly formed West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. 

Ali Rezai, M.D.

Dr. Rezai, a board-certified neurosurgeon whose clinical areas of expertise include the neurosurgical and neuromodulation management of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as severe mood and anxiety disorders, will serve as executive chair and vice president of neurosciences for WVU Medicine. He will also serve as associate dean and the John D. Rockefeller IV tenured professor in neurosciences at the WVU School of Medicine.

Rezai has been a significant leader in the novel and innovative use of brain implants for treating Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. His work is recognized across the globe, and his research involving a brain-computer interface to treat paralysis was published in the journal Nature last year and also generated front-page news in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. He has also developed pioneering technologies that led to the creation of a company that produces micro-implants to treat chronic pain and headaches.

His charge is to bring the same level of success and rapid advances that have occurred in areas such as heart disease and cancer to brain health, and to develop partnerships and accelerate innovative technologies, treatments, and protocols. He will bring a new…

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