By Blair Dowler
Around the world, countless people are affected by chronic pain and degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s on a daily basis. In West Virginia, a world-class team of researchers, scientists and physicians from across the globe have come together at the West Virginia University (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) to investigate the causes of these crippling health problems and search for cures.
Under the direction of Dr. Ali Rezai, RNI’s director and a leading neurosurgeon, progress is being made in the battle for new treatments for these debilitating diagnoses. The recent phase II trial of a new treatment for early-stage Alzheimer’s and the launch of a clinical trial of a non-opioid micropellet implant for chronic pain are just two examples of how Rezai and his team are creating hope not only for West Virginians but people suffering all around the world.