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Brain Institute Coming to University of Virginia

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
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The University of Virginia has a new multi-disciplinary program: the UVA Brain Institute. The new institute will draw upon talented faculty and students and recent cluster hires in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education, the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Data Science Institute – to all work as colleagues on developing better methods for understanding the multi-faceted brain, to seek new ways to prevent, treat and cure brain diseases and injury, and to teach about what is learned.

“We are building on broad strength and recent breakthroughs at UVA in several areas related to brain science and education to understand, reverse-engineer and treat diseases of the brain,” Thomas C. Katsouleas, UVA’s executive vice president and provost, said.

Dr. Jaideep Kapur, Eugene Meyer III Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology and a leading researcher and physician in the area of epilepsy, will direct the UVA Brain Institute. Under his leadership, the institute will help UVA researchers develop multidisciplinary collaborative research projects that will compete for national grants; help recruit top-flight researchers centered around the study of the brain and the diseases and injuries affecting the organ; educate and train undergraduate, graduate, medical students and post-doctoral fellows; and encourage philanthropy from potential donors with an interest in improving brain health and treatment.

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