New Neuroscience Institute Will Benefit Patients, Region


Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute at Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine announced in late February 2010 a new partnership that will benefit patients with a variety of neurological disorders and attract funding for advanced biomedical research to the Dayton community.

The Wright State & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute at Miami Valley Hospital will be the critical centerpiece for conducting neuroscience research and will promote ways to move the results of the research directly from the laboratory to the bedside.

“Our combined efforts will provide outstanding neurological clinical care to the community and create a clinical and research enterprise that will be pivotal to our region’s economic recovery,” MVH President and CEO Mary Boosalis (2006-2010) said.

The official announcement was made during a celebratory event at MVH, at which then Ohio Governor Ted Strickland spoke about the benefits of the collaboration.

“This is an example of the great things that can happen when the private sector and public sector work together,” Strickland said. “The combination of resources of this great university and great hospital will do more than either could do alone.”

MVH will support the Neuroscience Institute by providing $4.35 million over five years to create a new Department of Neurology within the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine. A primary focus of the research of the institute will be nervous system disorders that affect movement.

Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Eric Fingerhut spoke about how the new institute had been designated as one of Ohio’s Centers of Excellence in Biomedicine and Health Care.

“This center is preeminent center of its kind in Ohio,” he said.

Molly Hall, MD, chief academic officer and vice president of Academic Affairs for PHP (2008-2016), talked about the five-year strategic vision for the institute, which includes building a neurology residency program to train high-quality neurologists.

“This collaboration is part of a strategy to supply a steady stream of neurologists to the Dayton regions,” Hall said. “A residency program will provide greater incentive for new graduates to remain in our region and provide care to our community.”

Also speaking at the event were David Hopkins, WSU president (2007-2016); Robert Fyffe, WSU professor and Boonshoft School of Medicine associate dean for research affairs (2010-2016); and Timothy Cope, Director of the WSU and PHP Neuroscience Institute at MVH (2010-2016).

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