Founding Director's Message
Welcome to Brain Science. Keep Memory Alive is the committed and passionate fundraising enterprise devoted exclusively to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Without external funding, the support of donors, the enthusiasm of community members and the commitment of our volunteers, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health could not achieve its medical and scientific goals.
In the brief period since the inception of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs in 2009, the center has become one of the most influential neuroscience care and research entities in the United States:
- Our clinical and research programs address diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Our innovative approach, combining the hospitality of Las Vegas with the medical expertise of Cleveland Clinic, is a model for how care should be delivered to patients with brain disorders.
- Our commitment to caring for families—encompassing patients and care partners—is an intrinsic element of all we do.
The brain research conducted at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has several key elements:
- Clinical trials – We advance new therapies for brain diseases by conducting clinical trials. Clinical trials are the only way of testing drugs that leads to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of new medications for our patients. We test drugs for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Talented colleagues – Our center is blessed with a dedicated team of clinicians and scientists. It includes neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, advanced practice providers, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, a medical physicist, mathematicians, engineers and imaging technologists.
- Research excellence – Southern Nevada’s first Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) was established with an $11.1 million federal grant to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). We are collaborating to study Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and to collect data from study participants, in hopes of furthering our understanding of brain disorders. The award of this competitive grant attests to the caliber of both institutions’ medical and research capabilities.
- Brain Imaging – We conduct studies in brain imaging. Our team of neuroscientists, mathematicians and engineers studies brain images produced by our advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) brain imaging devices. Through detailed analysis of structures in the brain, these experts are advancing our understanding of brain diseases and helping us to better understand the effects of treatment on brain disorders.
The brain science of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health could not advance without the help of generous donors. Small contributions and large donations come together to amplify our ability to advance understanding and treatment of brain disorders. With the collaboration of philanthropists, donors, volunteers, patients, patient families and scientists, we will create a future without brain disease.
Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD
Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair for Brain Health
Founding Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Director, Center for Neurodegeneration and Translational Neuroscience
Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine