May 16 - 17, 2019

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place
Morgantown, West Virginia

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Please join us and our partners for conversations around the latest advances in neuroscience designed to improve the lives of patients and usher in future breakthroughs.

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Summit

Bringing change makers together to accelerate innovation and discovery

Our event features live exhibitionskeynotes, panels, 
and discussion among scientists, industry partners, patients and other key stakeholders who are transforming the future.

The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) will host its Inaugural Summit on May 16-17, 2019.

With a theme of Breaking Barriers, the RNI Summit celebrates the latest advances in foundational, applied, and translational neuroscience, with a focus on breakthroughs that address society’s biggest challenges.

Leading neuroscientists, healthcare practitioners, and military researchers will share their perspectives on the field’s newest and most promising treatments. Patients and providers provide first-hand testimonials to address the critical need for alternative and innovative approaches that advance the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, addiction, and chronic pain.

Join us at this unique event at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute in Morgantown, West Virginia

Agenda Overview: May 16-17

With a focus on addressing major public health challenges, discussion leaders will spotlight the issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, addiction, and chronic pain, as well as ways to improve health, performance, resiliency, and recovery

May 16, 2019

The RNI is accelerating new technologies and innovative methods to diagnose, manage, and treat Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias. RNI Executive Director Dr. Ali Rezai will highlight the Institute’s unique approaches to treatment.

Our diverse Partners Panel will include researchers, government officials, industry partners, and special guest Judi Polak, the first patient in the world to undergo a phase II clinical trial procedure using low intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier.

The session will be moderated by Miles O’Brien, award-winning journalist and science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.

May 16, 2019

An addiction crisis is sweeping the country. Innovative methods are required to gain ground and develop effective treatments for this deadly disease in West Virginia and beyond.

This session provides an overview of the RNI’s strategic approach. Learn how the RNI team and their partners in academia, private industry, and government are converging to overcome this epidemic.

May 16, 2019

Speaker Dr. Eric Schoomaker, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), will open this session focused on addressing chronic pain. Military leaders and government officials join industry leaders, patients, and providers to discuss the latest advances in treatment and management of chronic pain.

Miles O’Brien will moderate this unique assembly of panelists, who provide divergent perspectives and different viewpoints on this complex problem.

May 16, 2019

Co-Director of the Yale Center for Digital Health and Innovation Dr. Gregory Licholai will share opening remarks on digital medicine and therapeutics. Dr. Licholai will then be joined by panelists Dr. Ali Rezai; Andrea Serino, senior scientist with EPFL; and George Bennett, founder and CEO of Good Measures, to discuss the role of technology in healthcare and wellness.

May 16, 2019

This session overviews the importance of methodical and reliable monitoring and assessment to extract the most useful information in optimizing performance, health, and well-being.

Among the speakers are Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee; West Virginia University’s 35th head football coach, Neal Brown; and Major General James Hoyer, who serves as The Adjutant General for the West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters.

Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at USC Russ Romano and Head Performance Specialist of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Steve Tashjian will moderate discussions. Participants explore the current and next-generation methods being utilized and studied to optimize resiliency and accelerate recovery.

May 17, 2019

Engage in hands-on demonstrations during a tour of the RNI’s Center for Innovation. Get an inside look at the cutting-edge research and development capabilities being utilized across athletic, military, patient, and general populations. Demonstrations include floatation tanks, photobiomodulation unit, cyrotherapy, gait analysis system, virtual reality, neuromodulation, and a complete performance assessment center.

At West Virginia University, the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) is leveraging cutting-edge technologies and strategic alliances to overcome the barriers in society’s most persistent public health threats – including opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia – while optimizing performance, resiliency, and recovery for elite athletes, the military and patient populations.

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