Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children’s Hospital, pediatric research to neuroscience venture

Vital Signs » Fall 2014
Margaret Bowman, M.D.

The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children's Hospital, have announced the affiliation of Dayton Children's with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care.

Dayton Children 's clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the members of the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute.

The affiliation broadens the institute's research programs and infrastructure by creating the Dayton Children 's Professorship of Pediatric Neuroscience. The new professor will focus on research into pediatric neurological disorders as well as providing clinical care at the hospital.

"We are so excited to be joining our partners in the Neuroscience Institute. Dayton Children's is the only facility in this region whose sole mission is the health care of our children-so it's critical for us to put a larger focus on pediatric neurosciences and the brain development of our children," said Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children's Hospital.

The Neuroscience Institute was founded by Wright State and Premier Health in 2010 through a series of longterm investments. The Neuroscience Institute conducts cutting-edge, grant-funded neuroscience research and related clinical trials; attracts talented physician scientists and researchers; and enhances neurological care in areas of critical need for a growing patient population in the region.

The Neuroscience Institute has made great strides since its formation, including the development of a new Department of Neurology and Neurology Residency Program created in partnership by the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Health. The new department has attracted top clinical neurologists to the region to improve patient care in the community.

"From its inception in 2010, the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute has made impressive progress that has been of benefit to patients from across the region and beyond. We welcome Dayton Children 's Hospital and look forward to continuing on a path of innovation and collaboration for many years to come," said Jim Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health.

The institute has also successfully attracted new research funding, receiving $4 .6 million from the National Institutes of Health in 2013 to improve the movement of badly injured limbs. And a $37 million Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration building is scheduled to open on Wright State's campus in March 2015 to house researchers and the institute.

The affiliation builds on Dayton Children's existing partnerships with Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine. "Dayton Children's Hospital and Premier Health hospitals serve as vital teaching hospitals, helping us train the next generation of physicians, and are home to many of our residency programs," said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean. "This new affiliation will build on those longstanding partnerships and help to speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside."

Dayton Children's has committed to investing support for the pediatric neuroscience professorship for a minimum of five years, as well as laboratory start-up costs, to attract new research funding focused on pediatric neurological disorders, ranging from epilepsy to movement disorders. A national search to hire a talented physician-scientist for the professorship is underway.

"This new partnership with Dayton Children's Hospital gives us even greater visibility in the world of neuroscience and neurology," said Tim Cope, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience Institute and chair and professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology at Wright State. "This unique collaboration allows us to improve and expand our ability to attract top-notch physicians and researchers to the Dayton region and to further strengthen our competitiveness for attracting federal and other research funding and support."

Photo: Dean Bowman makes a point at the news conference announcing the new affliliation.

Last edited on 02/19/2016.