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Date: 01/01/14

Media contacts
To arrange interviews or learn more about neuroscience at UC and the UC Neuroscience Institute, please contact Keith Herrell directly at 513-558-4559. After hours, call Herrell at 513-375-4679. For inquiries about Mayfield Clinic, please contact Cindy Starr at 513-558-3505. After hours, call Starr at 513-378-6125.

University of Cincinnati
Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
P.O. Box 670525
260 Stetson St., Suite 2300
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0525

University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

234 Goodman St.
Cincinnati, OH 45219
866-941-UCNI (9264)

Key leadership
Brett Kissela, MD
Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair
University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Joseph Broderick, MD
Distinguished Research Professor, UC College of Medicine
Director, UC Neuroscience Institute

Mario Zuccarello, MD
Frank H. Mayfield Endowed Chair for Neurologic Surgery

Chair, University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery

Stephen Strakowski, MD
Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chairman
University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience


Neurological, behavioral and psychiatric diseases and disorders are a major cause of death and disability throughout the United States and the world. Stroke alone is the third-leading cause of death in the nation, and it is estimated that direct and indirect costs of this disease near $63 billion annually. An estimated 1.5 million head injuries occur in the U.S. each year. Depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder and schizophrenia are among the 10 most disabling conditions in developed countries worldwide.

Center of Excellence
Neuroscience research and the provision of neurological clinical care is a key focus at the University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The UC College of Medicine has designated neuroscience as one of four Centers of Excellence, along with cardiovascular, cancer, and diabetes and metabolic disorders. The centers of excellence model—pairing educational programs with cutting-edge research and patient care—has a long track record of success at academic health centers. The university’s goal is to build on its existing clinical and research strengths, resources and partnerships and outline a plan for the future that includes recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, training future neuroscience researchers and physicians and creating infrastructure to bring neuroscience experts closer together.

Research Funding
The University of Cincinnati is considered by the Carnegie Commission as a "very high research university" and ranks among the nation's top institutions for federal research funding. 

UC Neuroscience Institute
Specialties in nine academic departments have come together to form the UC Neuroscience Institute, a partnership of UC Health and the UC College of Medicine. The institute is dedicated to patient care, research, education and the development of new treatments for stroke, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, traumatic brain and spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, disorders of the senses (swallowing, voice, hearing, pain, taste and smell) and psychiatric conditions (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression).

Based at UC Medical Center, a teaching hospital that includes the region’s only Level I adult trauma center, the UC Neuroscience Institute includes a team of 100 clinical and basic science experts who collaborate across disciplines to provide the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment possible.

The institute includes nine centers: the Brain Tumor Center, the Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center, the Epilepsy Center, the Memory Disorders Center, the Neurosensory Disorders Center, the Neurotrauma Center, the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis and the Mood Disorders Center, plus the Muscular Disorders Program. It also includes four programs that span several of the centers: the Headache and Facial Pain Program, the Neurocritical Care Program, the Neuromuscular Disorders Program and the Neurorestorative Program.

Among the institute’s key accomplishments:

• In 2013, UC Medical Center (home to the UC Neuroscience Institute) was certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, a new level of certification reserved for institutions with specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

• Also in 2013, UC was selected as the national coordinating center for a new National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) clinical trials network, known as NIH StrokeNet. Additionally, UC was chosen as one of 25 regional stroke centers in the network.

• The UC Neuroscience Institute is home to the UC Stroke Team, which serves as a community resource for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. Neurologists at UCNI have pioneered advanced treatments in stroke and have authored numerous works on this topic.
• The Epilepsy Center at UCNI has held a Level 4 rating—the highest rating for epilepsy care—from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers consistently since 2005, with the most recent renewal in 2013. The center treats hundreds of patients annually and has the second-highest volume of epilepsy patients in Ohio.

Mayfield Clinic

The Mayfield Clinic, founded in 1937 by Frank Mayfield, MD, is a partner in the UC Neuroscience Institute. Most of the clinic’s physicians are faculty members in the department of neurosurgery at the UC College of Medicine and are actively engaged in training medical students, residents and fellows, while offering continuing medical education for neurosurgeons worldwide.

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