CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine andScience President Dr. K. Michael Welch and Executive Vice President for Research Dr. Ronald Kaplan announced today the formation of a new Brain Science Institute and three supporting research
"We are creating a pathway and structure for enhanced collaboration with the bioscience industry," said Dr. Kaplan. "Our expectation is that the Brain Science Institute and centers will create a synergistic environment for collaboration with the goal of accelerating the development of desperately needed diagnostics and therapeutics."
Brain diseases impose massive costs in treatment for mental health and related physical illnesses, as well as reduced worker output and increased spending on criminal justice and related social services. According to a 2016 report issued by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, more than 50 million American adults — 21.8 percent of the country's adult population — suffer each year from neurodegenerative diseases, mental illnesses including bipolar disorder and depression, and developmental disorders such as autism.
The new research institute and centers announced by Drs. Welch and Kaplan will include 14 core faculty aided by 34 graduate students and research support staff. The institute and its three disease-focused centers will be led by some of the university's top researchers:
In addition to housing the Brain Science Institute and its research centers, the Innovation and Research Park, expected to open in summer 2019, will offer space for industry collaborations in key disease areas.
About Rosalind Franklin University Formed in 1912 as the Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a national leader in interprofessional medical and healthcare education and biomedical research. RFU includes the Chicago Medical School, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, College of Health Professions, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and College of Pharmacy. More than 18,000 RFU degreed alumni are active throughout the United States and around the world. Learn more at rosalindfranklin.edu.
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