For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenni Brewer
August 26, 2008
PIONEERING NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE SETS DATE FOR DEDICATION OF NEW FACILITY AND FIRST-EVER INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON MEMORY AND MEMORY DISORDERS
ON OCTOBER 16 WORLD-RENOWNED SCIENTISTS WILL CONVENE TO SHARE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, MEMORY AND AGING
Morgantown, W.Va. - On October 16th, 2008, the new $30 million
Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) located on the
campus on West Virginia University and founded in honor of U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller's mother, will play host to prominent international scientists who are advancing research on Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders. The first-ever International Forum on Memory and Memory Disorders will highlight the work of nine celebrated scientists whose research have led to breakthrough advances for the aging brain, Alzheimer's disease, and patients suffering from memory loss and memory disorders. The next day, on October 17, BRNI will open its doors to the public and further continue the Institute's research, which started nearly nine years ago. The approximately 78,000 square foot three-level building will provide state-of-the-art laboratory space and support research activities for nearly a hundred scientists and researchers.
"Even before the doors have opened, BRNI has undertaken ground-breaking
research into the treatment for Alzheimer's and other neurological
disorders. Now, for the first time ever, the best and brightest minds
in our country, and from around the world, will gather to discuss the
state of memory and memory disorders research and have a place to carry
on their important work," said Sen. Rockefeller. "I know the heartbreak
that comes with having someone you love slowly fade from Alzheimer's.
BRNI's opening is a great day for not only West Virginia, but for all
families across the globe that will benefit from its important work."
The prestigious list of scientists chosen to share their research is an
international mix of experts from Switzerland, to Harvard Medical
School, to West Virginia University and includes:
Professor Floyd Bloom, Professor Emeritus and Chairman of Neuropharmacology, The Scripps Institute, Professor Andrew Matus, Director, Emeritus Neurobiology, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Novartis Research Foundation, Switzerland, Professor Howard Eichenbaum, Director, Center for Memory, Boston University, Professor Tracy Shors, Department of Psychology, Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Dr. Daniel Alkon, Scientific Director, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at West Virginia University, Professor Rudi Tanzi, Director, Genetics and Aging Unit, Harvard Medical School, Professor Sangram Sisodia, Director, Center for Brain Disease, University of Chicago, Professor James Stevenson, Chairman, Department
of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School of Medicine and Professor Carol Barnes, Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, The University of Arizona.
"Because of the dedication of Sen. Rockefeller and his passion for finding a cure for Alzheimer's, this magnificent facility and its outstanding world-renowned scientists can work everyday to unlock the
causes and treatments for this troubling disease," said Dr. Daniel
Alkon, Scientific Director at BRNI. "BRNI's hosting of the International Forum on Memory and Memory Disorders will shine a global spotlight on our own work and contribute to the progress we are making in finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease and new undiscovered treatments for memory disorders."
The only non-profit independent institution in the world dedicated to the study of human memory and memory disorders, BRNI was established by Rockefeller in 1999 in honor of his mother, Blanchette, who was afflicted by Alzheimer's disease. The Institute's scientific exploration of memory and memory disorders has led to recent discoveries with a drug - Bryostatin - shown to create new connections in the brain, among other revolutionary findings. BRNI's work expands and advances the scientific research of memory and memory disorders for the purposes of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, with the goal of moving research out of the laboratory and into the hands of physicians and patients.
For more information on the Blanchette Rockefeller
Neurosciences Institute or to register to attend the International
Forum, visit www.brni.org .