New Development Director Hired for Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute

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Robert Bragg to Lead Private Charitable Fundraising for Institute

MORGANTOWN, W.V., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) announced that Robert Bragg has been hired to serve as its new development director. Bragg will be responsible for raising private charitable contributions in support of BRNI's research in memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke and traumatic brain injuries, as well as other outreach and education programs supported by the Institute.

"Since its inception, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute has made significant advancements in basic research surrounding disorders and diseases of human memory, as part of our quest to unlock the secrets of the brain," said Lane Bailey, Chairman of BRNI. "Bob will play a vital part in unlocking these secrets by helping the Institute raise the money that fuels our cutting-edge research."

Bragg will lead a growing effort to attract corporate and individual contributions from around the world to sustain BRNI research. Combined with support from federal sources, the State of West Virginia including WVU, traditional research grants, unique corporate partnerships and the Rockefeller family, the development director will manage a growing list of private BRNI funding sources aimed at greatly advancing early research successes.

A resident of Morgantown, Bragg previously served as the development director for the West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, a position he held since 2002. In that capacity, Bragg was responsible for alumni relations and private fund raising for the college, which raises $4 million annually in private support. In 2003, Bragg led the college in raising $24 million as part of the West Virginia University Campaign for Excellence. Prior to his work with the West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Bragg served for 10 years as a development professional at several higher learning institutions including Virginia Tech, Florida State University and East Carolina University.

"I am honored and greatly excited to be a part of the important work at the Rockefeller Institute, especially at this important moment in our history," Bragg said. "I'm convinced that every charitable gift received today will have an immediate and dramatic impact on our achieving breakthroughs in the understanding of human memory, in new diagnostics, in treatments and in cures. I look forward to telling our story and gaining new support for our vital work in the months ahead."

A fifth-generation West Virginian, Bragg has been married since 1990 to the former Julia Galliher. They reside in Morgantown with their daughter, Molly Beth.

About BRNI

BRNI is the world's only non-profit institute dedicated to the study of both human memory and diseases of memory. Its primary mission is to accelerate the transfer of neurological discoveries from the lab to the doctor's office where it can benefit patients who suffer from neurological and psychiatric diseases.

BRNI is operated in alliance with West Virginia University in Morgantown. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller founded the Institute in memory of his mother, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, who died of Alzheimer's disease.

SOURCE Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI)

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