WSU-Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D., Director

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Research Overview

The Boonshoft School of medicine has an exceptionally talented cadre of NIH-funded neuroscientists on the WSU campus, including a team awarded two prestigious Program Project Grants totaling more than $9 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The medical school also possesses excellent core resources and equipment for fundamental laboratory research, which provide a strong foundation for institute activities.

Key Expertise and Exemplary Project Areas

Using the most sophisticated technology available for studying the nervous system, our research features innovative work on diseases and disorders that affect millions of U.S. families, including:

  • Neurodegeneration
  • Spinal cord control of limb movement
  • Nervous system control of breathing
  • Stress and adaptive behavior
  • Hypertension, stroke and neurointervention
  • Schizophrenia

Fostering Collaboration

A core part of the institute’s mission is to foster close collaboration among scientists and clinicians in order to accelerate translational research and rapidly transform new discoveries in basic sciences into breakthroughs in patient care. This collaboration leverages the strategic hiring of clinicians with the same research interests as Wright State's basic science researchers to form a cooperative team to target clinically relevant science and bring unique clinical insights into the cutting-edge research done here.