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Wayne State U establishes brain health institute with $20M gift

Wayne State University recently received a $20 million gift from philanthropist Seema Boesky, marking one of the largest individual donations in the university’s history. The donation will help to establish the Ben L. Silberstein Institute for Brain Health, which will be located at Wayne State’s Integrative Biosciences Center.

The institute will be named in honor of Boesky’s late father, who was a prominent Detroit real estate attorney and hotel entrepreneur.

Under the leadership of Dr. David Rosenberg, chair of the WSU School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, the institute will focus on the promotion of brain health as it also attempts to unravel the complexities of the brain’s structure, chemistry, and function in relation to brain illnesses. Through collaborative efforts, the institute seeks to expedite neurodiagnostic and treatment breakthroughs for real-world brain disorders affecting both children and adults, including addiction, chronic pain, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injury, trauma, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia, among others.

The institute also aims to inspire the next generation of students and researchers to improve the health and care of individuals facing neurological or psychiatric disorders or nervous system injuries.

“Seema Boesky has been instrumental in positioning our Institute for Brain Health as one of the best in the nation,” said Rosenberg. “With this generous gift, she is ensuring our rise to preeminence as we educate the world’s next medical leaders for generations to come and show everyone that the Ben L. Silberstein Institute for Brain Health is where the action is.

The new institute, he continued, “will bring about new information and clarify processes and biomarkers that underlie disease behavior, revealing the mysteries of our brains. Outcomes will allow doctors, scientists and biomedical investigators to intervene and prevent pain, illness, and other health challenges in unprecedented ways.

Source: Wayne State University

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