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

Fact Sheet

The partnership

  • This major partnership between the Dayton region's strongest biomedical research institution, Wright State University, and the clinical resources of the region's leading hospital system, Premier Health, will speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside and improve the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of neurological disorders such as stroke, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Huntington''s, and peripheral nerve damage resulting from diabetes or trauma.
  • The plan to establish the institute was developed jointly by Miami Valley Hospital and WSU (with input from community physicians) and has been formally approved by university and hospital leadership.
  • Together, the partners have pledged substantial resources over the first five years to create the institute, construct or upgrade facilities, purchase new laboratory equipment, and hire faculty and staff.
  • PHP will provide $4.35 million over five years for the creation of a Department of Neurology at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • The investment includes long-term support for clinical-research neurologists who will form the nucleus of a collaboration with the university-based neuroscientists conducting critical research in stroke and movement disorders.
  • The research component of the institute will be located on the WSU campus, and it will also have facilities dedicated to patient care and clinical research within Miami Valley Hospital.
  • Following a nationwide search, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Kenneth J. Gaines, M.D., M.B.A., chair of its new Department of Neurology, effective May 1, 2012.

Neurological disorders afflict millions of Americans

  • Neurological disorders afflict tens of millions of Americans, and exact a terrible toll on our families, our neighbors, and our community.
  • The Dayton region is challenged to recruit and retain sufficient clinical neurologists to serve our population.
  • The university and hospital system are committed to investing significant fiscal resources to recruit new physician-scientists who will enhance the delivery of neurological care in our community, offer the latest treatments through clinical trials, and discover new scientific knowledge in groundbreaking research.
  • This new institute will increase the number of clinical neurologists practicing in the Dayton region, speed the transfer of new treatments and technologies from the research bench to the bedside, and provide new opportunities for clinical trials so that patients will have access to the newest, potentially life-saving, treatments.

Research is key

  • By leveraging WSU's considerable NIH-funded research strengths along with Miami Valley Hospital's extensive clinical resources, the institute will make new breakthroughs in a broad range of neurologic disorders.
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine has a talented cadre of NIH-funded neuroscientists, along with excellent core resources and equipment for cutting-edge laboratory research.
  • A primary focus of their research is nervous system disorders that affect movement - spanning conditions from stroke, to Parkinson's disease to nerve damage from diabetes or traumatic injury.
  • Miami Valley Hospital serves a large and diverse patient population who will benefit from the treatment opportunities offered by clinical trials and the highest quality clinical research.
  • Premier Healths' generous support will provide improved access to neurological care in the area, while enhancing the ability of WSU researchers to attract federal grants and offer cutting-edge treatments to our patients.

Pivotal for the region's economic recovery

  • The institute will create a neuroscience clinical and research enterprise that will be pivotal for the region's economic recovery.
  • Joint research activities and related investments will have direct economic impact on the community, amounting to tens of millions of dollars over the next five years.
  • The institute will expand this economic impact by adding 95 research and staffing positions to the Dayton region. Each new faculty member will establish a clinical practice with numerous administrative and clinical employees, while each clinician-scientist will create research support positions for technicians.
  • Over time, the institute will also provide a distinct advantage when pursuing federal and private grants to fund neurological research, potentially resulting in millions of dollars flowing into the region.
  • The institute will help to demonstrate the quality and long-term prospects of our research and health care institutions, which could do a great deal to help reverse the trend of recent job losses and make the whole region more attractive to new companies, residents, and visitors.
  • The WSU-PHP neuroscience institute is a first for our Dayton community — a clinical medical-research collaboration that promises to invigorate and contribute to revitalizing our economy and most importantly — provide the highest quality care for our patients.