Collaboration and Innovation
On March 7, 2014 the MUS Board of Regents formally approved UM’s new Neural Injury Center. A collaboration of units across campus, the center will provide diagnostic and therapeutic support and conduct groundbreaking research into the science of brain injury and treatment.
“The approval of this center provides another foundational piece of UM’s continuing focus on the brain,” says Perry Brown, UM provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It will deal with an increasingly important issue, especially for veterans, and assist people with traumatic brain injury to move forward in education, work and life.”
The center will also empower students with injuries to access support and services.
“Our first initiative is to improve student success, but far more importantly it’s about improving the quality of their lives and the lives of their families,” said Reed Humphrey, dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences.
Private support will be crucial to constructing the center’s dedicated facility, a planned addition of roughly 10,000 square feet on the west side of the Skaggs Building.
In the meantime, many UM professors are already hard at work on relevant research initiatives in disciplines including neuroscience, physical therapy and biomedical sciences.