Through pioneering research and clinical care, BWH scientists at The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases are unraveling the brain’s inner workings and developing promising treatments for disease.
The brain is maestro of the body’s orchestra of nerves, organs, and limbs. With grace and precision, this master organ inspires and coordinates performance after performance, every moment of our lives. Through our brain, we interact with the world outside our bodies, and we guide ourselves.
"The brain mediates and underlies all thought and feeling and every sphere of human experience," says David Silbersweig, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals and chair of the Institute for the Neurosciences. "It is what, through evolution, makes us who we are, and allows us to be able to even ask questions about who we are." Read more in BRInk, the research magazine of BWH.
As researchers work to advanced the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, they seek to uncover the chain of events in the brain that causes the disorder.
"You need a detailed understanding of the disease mechanism to create treatments," says Dennis Selkoe, MD, who co-directs The Center for Neurologic Diseases in the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
It's been many decades since scientists discovered that amyloid plaques accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. They've wondered what roles these plaques play in this neurological disease that destroys brain cells, shrinks the brain and steals one's memory, personality, and ability to live independently. Read more in BRInk, the research magazine of BWH.
A world-renowned expert in the treatment and research of multiple sclerosis, Dr. Weiner's discoveries regarding the basic mechanisms of MS have led to the development of new treatment approaches applied worldwide. He is the author of Curing MS and the recipient of the prestigious John Dystel Prize from the American Academy of Neurology for his work in MS.
Curing MS explores the wide range of issues facing both Multiple Sclerosis patients and researchers and charts the course from discovery and diagnosis to treatment and change. Appealing to both the scientific community as well as MS patients, family and friends, Curing MS has been critically well-received as a text for all interested in the research, the scientists, and the patients of Multiple Sclerosis.