The Focus of the Institute is centered upon the development of Centers (working groups) that are organized around themes relevant to the Institute such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and neurological diseases.
The overarching goal of these Centers is to define which targets in the body will ultimately need to be modified to alter the trajectory of disease and to create an understanding among a working group of what it takes to ultimately test drugs or biologicals that manipulate these targets in humans.
In addition to disease-based Centers, we also have formed working groups around recovery of the body’s most cherished functions-vision, movement, thinking, and one of its most abhorred but necessary functions, pain. The purpose of these centers or working groups is to place the focus squarely on function and the biological determinants of recovering function after brain injury or diminishing pain after injury. By setting up working groups whose focus is function, we can better understand how to restore these functions.