WVU Board of Governors approves creation of neuroscience department

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Board of Governors approved Friday creating a new Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine.

The move includes consolidating around 50 of its laboratories.

According to a WVU press release, neuroscience research and education is distributed across multiple colleges and departments, including the Neuroscience Signature Program and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

“The newly established Department of Neuroscience will serve as an intellectual hub for brain research and education at WVU with a goal of conducting foundational studies of neuroscience, translate these foundational studies to improve brain health in people, and develop novel treatments and cures for brain disorders,” said Randy Nelson, who will serve as chair of the new department.

“By networking these deep strengths with the new approaches being developed by Ali’s team at the Rockefeller Institute, as well as additional partnering with our clinical colleagues in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, we will be poised to make strong advances in neuroscience,” he added.

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